How bad did Eagles W screw our draft position?
A nice "informational" question to start it off. If the season ended today, the Eagles would draft 10th. Before they beat Miami, they were 6th. The Skins are currently 4th. They should be in a great position to draft a bigtime QB prospect. Cowboys are 16th. Giants draft position would be undetermined depending on when they lost in the playoffs.
Do you really think teams that are out of playoff contention should tank their remaining games just to get better draft picks? Ugh! That is ridiculous. Take the Deadskins as an example. I will begrudingly give them their due in that they played a great game yesterday. They could have upset the Patriots were in not for terrible officiating. The have lost players to injury and stupidity (drug test failures) and yet they didn't let themselves get down about it. There is a lot to be said for finishing strong, or at least with your head held high.
I agree with, Jen. The fact that anyone on a professional level would play down and lose out on purpose, tells me they need to be playing Arena football. Stuff like that carries over to the next season, not to mention the negative effect it can have on young players.
What chance do you give Philadelphia to make the playoffs?
0.5%. The thing is... If they run the table, which they won't, I think they actually have a pretty decent shot of getting in at 8-8. They hold all the tie-breakers, so they would need the Cowboys and Giants to lose 2 out of the next 3. If you've seen the Giants and Cowboys play defense recently, you know it's not out of the question.
But the Eagles aren't running the table, so let's just not even worry about it.
Pretty hard for the Iggles to do this. If the Cowboys lose the rest of their games, they go to 7-9. Eagles win the rest they are 8-8. The Giants would have to be 8-8, too, but they would have to lose to the Skins at home which seems unlikely. But seriously...do you really WANT to go to the playoffs? I supposes hosting either the Falcons, Bears or Lions would be fun, but making a deep run in the playoff seems unlikely for this squad. Might as well pack it in and get the team straight for 2012.
Unlike the Redskins (damnit), technically the Eagles still have a shot. I mean a long shot, but I've seen it happen to teams in worst situations. Maybe we can help them out by completing a sweep of the Midgets this Sunday...*thinks about the last statement*..."Yea, sorry Eagles doesn't look like you're gonna make the playoffs thisyear!"
Is there any chance that whoever wins the division can actually wina game in the playoffs?
I think so. I think the Giants may be peaking at just the right time (reminiscent of another recent season). As someone else pointed out last week, Seattle took care of New Orleans in the first round last year. Any team is beatable. The big wild card for the Giants is their defense. If we can get guys healthy and get them communicating better, I definitely think the Giants could win some playoff games.
Gotta love Jennifer's optimism. But come on, really? "Peaking?!?" Winning ONE game against a crappy Cowboys team (and giving up 34 points in the meantime) after losing FOUR in a row is not "peaking". Sure, if the Giants win the division they host either the Falcons, Bears or Lions. I'd say any of those teams can beat the Giants at home. In fact, I'd say that the Giants have a better chance of winning a road playoff game over a home playoff game. I would respectfully recommend not to judge the strength of an NFC east team by whether they beat ANOTHER NFC East team. Remember that 17-10 loss to a Michael Vick-less Eagles?
"A" game, as in one game? Absolutely. Look at the wildcard contenders. Lions - stink. Falcons - stink. Bears - mega-stink. The giants or Cowboys could absolutely beat one of those teams in the first round. But then they'd be traveling to likely GB or NO. And that's where the playoff run will end in embarrassing fashion.
Well, Chris has a point about how beating another NFC East time is not that great an accomplishment. But I absolutely think the Falcons, Bears and Lions are beatable as well. The G-Men may have lost to GB, but there are few fans who didn't come away from that game all that down on them. They came as close as anyone to beating them.
If you ask me it depends on which of the 9-7 teams will get their (because I don't see Cowgirls or the Midgets winning 10 games). I think the Midgets have enough playoff experience to get a win or two in the playoffs before playing the Saints or Packers and getting molly-whopped. Cowboys have been demonstrating what they do best in the last 2 months of the season these past 2 games, so I have ZERO faith in them winning a game if they win the division.
After last night's performance, which NFCE QB would you most want on your roster?
As my coworker Frank said this morning, without Eli, the Giants win maybe five games, if that. The man is a machine and the sonsumate clutch player. Romoe couldn't even make a long throw to a WIDE OPEN receiver that would have clinched the game at the end. Yes, Eli had some help in the final drive with STUPID Cowgirls penalties but he still got it done when it mattered.
If you look at the best QBs in the league: Rodgers, Brady, and Brees - Eli is absolutely right up there with them. The Giants beat New England, the Giants defense lost the game to the Saints miserably and the Giants almost beat the Packers. I'll take Eli over any of the NFCE QBs and the others listed above any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
Eli easily but that's in a division of Sexy Rexy Grossman, Tony NOmo and half a year Michael Vick. Eli has been slowly impressing me more, but to say he's up there with Brees, Brady and Rodgers is absurd. I'll take Big Ben with a bum ankle over Eli all day still and no one cries like E-Cry and the NY Midget fans when Big Ben isn't mentioned in the "Elite" category.
Well, give it to Jen for being a glass half full person. Sure he had lots of yards in garbage time against the Saints (My fantasy team thanks him). But then there was that pick-6 against the Packers that wound up being mildly important. Then there was the fumble against the VICK-LESS Iggles AT HOME. Remember that? Look, the guy is a very good QB. Romo missed Austin last night, indeed, but I'm sure I can pick out a time when ELI missed an open receiver, too. (Austin is NOT 100 percent by the way) But let's be real-- the Cowboys secondary got torched by Matt Moore, too. I'm just trying to help you come back to reality a bit, so the face plant doesn't hurt so much going forward. lol.
Is Jason Pierre-Paul the "best young defensive end" in the league? How about in the NFC East? What do you think of him going forward?
Jason Pierre-Paul is amazing. In yesterday's game alone, he had a veritable defensive smorgasbord: a safety, a forced fumble, two sacks, eight tackles and a blocked field goal. I would say he's certainly one of the best in his position. But the best part is that he is only in his second year and is only going to get better. He's shown he has incredible instincts and more experience will just hone them. He will continue to be a formidible force on the Giant's defense and is one of the only reasons the Giants are even in contention to win the division, given how banged up and how poorly the rest of the Giants defense has been playing. He is just awesome!
The best? Let's not crown him just yet. Clay Matthews and Von Miller are both young and great. Technically, those 2 guys play OLB in a 3-4, but play similarly to JPP.
But he is most certainly great. What sets JPP apart from your typical uber-talented player is how hard he plays. Non-stop for 60 minutes.
And I loved Collinsworths' nickname for him last night: The Octopus. It's perfect.
Crap, forgot I'm supposed to talk trash... Um... The rest of the defense is horrible. Ah, much better.
Do you feel better, Jimmy?
Yes, the rest of the Giants defense is...frustrating. There is a ton of talk in the G-men blogosphere today about the solution, whichc no one can come to a consensus on, except that JPP is The Man.
Jesus, first Eli is "Elite", now JPP is the second coming of LT. There's no sense of proportion these days. People, can we relax for a second. The guy had a GREAT game last week. He had a GREAT game yesterday. He's had a solid season. But where was he when ya'll were losing 4 straight (ONE to the Vick-less Eagles AT HOME), the Seahawks and Deadskins. Good lord.
You mean the same Jason Pierre-Paul, blunt-smoking Trent Williams pancaked all game long in Week 1?!?! He's the best?!?!?! No way Jose!
Was it worth it to watch the Cowboys lose in hilarious fashion again to put up with another week of fawning over Eli, who's idea of making plays is thinking "Screw it, I'm going to fall back and just throw this ball up there"?
"Fawning over Eli"? Are you serious? Demarcus Ware even said in a pregame interview that Eli is as good as the other Elite quarterbacks in the league but that he isn't as well respected. Yes, he may get more attention today after yesterday's performance but he has not been fawned over by any stretch of the imagination. He tied a record last night with Johnny Unitas and his brother for number of 4th quarter touchdown passes in a season and there are still three games left to play! His accuracy is undeniable, as uch as you try to deny it.
Websters defines "ELIte" as winning 1 out of the last 5 games, but as long as you win that one game in style, you're as good as Brees, Brady, and Rodgers.
Eli beat Brady and kept them in the game against the Packers. The Defense lost the game to the Saints. But I guess we'll see what happens in the playoffs...
*Soundling like a broken record* as I answer Jen AGAIN. Weren't the Giants just 6-2 and talkin trash talkin about how they were gonna whip the Saints, Packers, and Niners? Then they lost 4 straight, one to the VICKLESS Philly Iggles. Remember that? They beat a Cowboys team that hasn't won a game against a team with a winning record since week 2. Impressive victory? Sure. I'm just waiting, for the OTHER shoe to drop. (that would be the third shoe, by the way, since I predicted this team would flounder in the second half). Let's see if they follow this up against the J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!
The Jets are almost as inconsistent as the Giants. It all depends (and this seems to be a theme this year) on which Jets team shows up to the game. But we have to get by the rascally Deadskins first, who showed yesterday they won't just lay down.
Eli "beat" Brady but lost to Tavaris Jackson and Vince Young.
Why do you think the Eagles have had such awful defensive efforts then have a game like the Dolphins? Is it personnel getting the scheme? Better preparation due to the coaching staff having a few extra days? Thanks, Gio
I've given up trying to figure out the 2011 Eagles. And you're right - The came to play against the Cowboys. they came to play against the Giants in a big way. And yesterday, they came to play against the Dolphins.
The rest of the season, they've been a non-tackling, non-covering, non-turnover inducing frustration of epic proportions.
And I don't have the answer as to why.
The Iggles have been a mystery and a riddle all at the same time. Jim knows this much better, but from my layman's point of view seems like they're a little unprepared and don't have the right personnel to run the schemes they want. (no LBs, can't get the secondary thing straight, etc). That may be a by-product of the lock out or the fact that, well, the Def Coord is a former OL Coach
With the Redskins cemented in fourth place every year, what is there to talk about? They won't be a factor in the division until Snyder sells the team.
Or until Snyder gets a personality transplant. Do others think it;s the front office? It is so hard to pin down the fix for the Deadskins. Despite Sexy Rexy's solid play yesterday, they still need a solid QB, they miss Hightower terribly and I continue to maintain that Kyle has to go. If Snyder set up a good, smart front office and let them run the team without interference, things could turn around but I see none of those things happening.
Personally, I love the Skins. They're like the "Maury Povich Show" of the NFL. Something in your life not going well? Turn on Maury. You'll feel slightly better about yourself. Michael Vick gets hurt? Meh, could be worse. At least we don't have Rex Grossman and John Beck. Lose to the Seahawks? No worries, the Skins are losing two of their best players because they can't lay off the reefer. It's comforting to know they're there.
I don't understand the Snyder curse. I mean I get it but I'm not superstitious enough to believe something like that when I'm educated enough to see the talent level and play calling is still on a college level....a mid major college at that.
I love the hate from Jimmy. In many ways your Eagles is that comfort for me. After the years over and the superbowl winner is crowned sometimes I feel down but I always remember "at least AT SOME POINT, my team has been there and done that." Like LeBron and D Wade, the "Dream Team" Eagles always have next season to get that 1st notch...
I'm sympathetic to the view imbedded in this question that the culture of a team won't change until the ownership changes or somehow has a radical change in approach. I'm a proponent of the view that the Cowboys problems begin and end with ownership; an ownership that refuses to hire REAL football people to run the organization. As long a Jerry and his mini-me are running the show without a Tommy Thompson-type, the overwhelming talent that the Cowboys have will never be organized into a winning whole.
Playoff spots are on the line and the officials are getting it so wrong sometimes. It seems worse this year than others. And protecting the franchise QBs like Brady?! Are they being given kickbacks from team owners? It sure seems like it!
I really don't know what they can do. In the Skins game yesterday, there were two of most ridicuilous "roughing the QB" calls I've ever seen, one for each side. There was a terrible call in the Lions-Vikings game too, that basically handed the Lions a W, in which Joe Webb's head was clearly jerked by his facemask, the whole stadium saw it, and it wasn't called. There are 5-10 atrocious call every week. But again, what do you do about those? Tell the officials "Get it right, or you have to run around the stadium naked while the fans throw eggs at you?"
It's the ambiguous calls that really bother me. What is a catch these days anyway? How was Greg Jennings' catch last week a catch but Calvin Johnson's last year not a catch? And what are the rules as far as what's a legal hit on a WR that's trying to make a catch, or a QB? When can helmet be involved? When can it not?
It seems like there's no rhyme or reason to it. Maybe the NFL would be wise to implement what the NHL does. In the NHL, all reviews go to one guy in a remote location. At least in the NHL, the calls are consistent. Not sure how that would work if there were a few reviews going on at the same time, but worth the thought at least.
I agree. Eventually it's gonna become flag football for just the quarterbacks because they don't want anyone touching them anymore. London Fletcher had every right to go nuts after that ridiculous call. Rex's pick was bailed out by one I didn't think was roughing but apparently in the "rules" you can't go for the QB's legs?!?! Why not when you can go for a receiver or runners legs?!?! The pampering is getting ridiculous and out of hand to say the least!
Do you know what the rule was that he broke?
Bradshaw apparently broke curfew and was punished for it by not starting and not even playing until the second half. I disagreed with the decision. I see Coughlin's point that riles are rules but when your season is on the line, you do what you have to in order to win. I don't know the whole story but I am glad that Jacobs finally stepped up.
Chris - Really? You would still take Romo over Eli?
I give it to Eli but not by a huge margin. Sure, Romo has made knee-slapping mistakes over his career (and this year). So has Eli- (remember the FOUR pick-6's he threw against the Vikes?) Both these guys make incredible throws. Both have a record of 4th Q comebacks. Obviosly Eli has the ring. But it ain't a slam dunk.
C'Mon CJ. Romo is a better liked Grossman. He has his moments but in the end, no one has faith in him and knows he's going to screw it up. He's proved that year after year after year. And it's no secret I don't like Eli and think he's over-rated...he's better than ROmo by a long shot tho.
Well just have to draw the square circle on this one: By a long shot? Nope.
When others bring up bygone Super Bowl victories, they're living in the past. But you just went there with Jimmy, Rog. Love your passion but why can't you admit he's right? Washington loses year after year with this pathetic excuse for an owner. He's had these crazy cartoon free agent signings and excavated this latest coach from Egyptian ruins. He's worse that Jerry Jones, and that's sayin' something.
Yeah, Roger... Admit I'm right, you big doo doo head.
That IS sayin something
Ay man I'm just saying that selling the team isn't gonna overnight make the Redskins relevant again. Yes he's played fantasy football with our team for years and yes he doesn't know the game well enough to be the owner, gm, friend and so on and so forth, but he went in the right direction by hiring a general manager (something Jerry Jones STILL refuses to do). I wonder how long it will take idiotic fans to realize, Snyder isn't making the decisions anymore. Bruce Allen does. Rebuilding takes a few years and we just exploded the roster last season. I know "Graphs of Cops" but you're really not gonna see a change in the team until we get some draft picks in and make key moves at different positions. QUite frankly don't look for anything to happen until we get a quarterback. Period.
And past of present, when you've been in the league 30+ years and have no titles, and you're in a division with 3 different teams with dynasties then hey...you're gonna get picked on more than De Angelo Hall.
Usually you don't hear this much cheering for a team w/o a dance routine. The Giants barely won a game after giving up nearly 40 points and freezing a shaky kicker. The NFC East is just awful this year. And remember, you can't spell "feline" without "eli."
Yes, we all know the NFC East is crap this year. Tell us something we don't know. But last night wasn't luck. The Giants defense gives up way too many points. But Eli still scored 15 points in five minutes. I think that is impressive because, although not great, the Cowgirls defense isn't non-existant. And they didn't freeze the kicker on the last play. The kick was BLOCKED. Big difference. They gave up too many points and that will likely be their downfall but they got it going on offense, and now that Jacons seems to have a fire under his butt, even bigger things coould be in store.
Look, the Giants just came off a FOUR GAME LOSING STREAK. Remember that? I know everyboy in Big Blue land forgot what it's like to actually win a game, but act like you been there. lol.
"Jacobs seems to have a fire under his butt, even bigger things could be in store."
Oh no! Dirty... joke... overload! Musn't... get... fired.