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The Philadelphia Eagles Are On Life Support As It’s Win Or Go Home

In Young we trust.

During the off-season the Philadelphia Eagles made more moves then any usual team does in the off-season. However they weren’t just “moves” as the players they acquired put them at “dream team” status, a nickname given by quarterback Vince Young.

The main acquisitions that the Eagles made were; acquiring corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft pick in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Arizona Cardinals. They acquired corner back Nnamdi Asomugha and quarterback Vince Young from the free agency and then signed Asomugha to a five-year contract and Young to a one year. Then one day later they signed defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a five year deal. Then on August 3rd, they signed running back Ronnie Brown. Seven days later, they signed New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith.

The off-season transactions that the Eagles made many believe that they were the favorites to win the Super Bowl for the upcoming season and for years to come. However they would soon find out that you still have to play the game. Winning in week one against the St. Louis Rams, 31-13 the Eagles looked like the team they were expected to be; winners. Though despite the week one victory, the Eagles would lose their next four games. Losing to Atlanta Falcons 35-31, the New York Giants 29-16, the San Francisco 49ers 24-23, and the Buffalo Bills 31-24, the Philadelphia Eagles were 1-4 and in dead last of the NFC East.

Fortunately for the Eagles they would bounce back against the Washington Redskins with a 20-13 win. Then after the bye week the winning would continue as they beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at home, 34-7 and for once looked like the team everyone thought they would be; winners. But then they would let them off the hook as they would lose their next two games (Chicago 30-24 and Arizona 21-17).

Then in week 11 the Eagles at 3-6 would face the New York Giants in a win or go home situation as if they were to lose again they wouldn’t make the playoffs which meant that they wouldn’t win a Super Bowl. Though just like they did when you least expected them to win the Philadelphia Eagles did it as they won 17-10.

The win over the New York Giants brings them to 4-6 and third in the NFC East, however it doesn’t save them as they still have to win out to make the playoffs. And looking ahead at their schedule with games against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins it just doesn’t seem that possible. But it seems like when you least expect it, the Philadelphia Eagles do what you least expect them to do. So for right now their season isn’t over though it seems it. But hey, that’s why you play the game.

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Revis Isn’t A Fan Of Tebow Time: He’s Actually A Critic

Revis the newest of the Tim Tebow critics.

Since coming into the NFL 2010 Tim Tebow has been repeatedly criticized by everyone; analysts, reporters, coaches, you name it. However he’s always answered them in a positive way avoiding any sort of controversy. Though since being named the starter week 7, Tebow has answered them in a new way; winning.

Since becoming the starting quarterback in week 7 for the Denver Broncos they have only lost one game which came to them in week 8 from the Detroit Lions, who won 45-10.

Though despite all the wins and great plays that has happened since making the switch to Tebow, he’s still getting criticized. Except this time, it’s a player. New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis told the press that this offense won’t work for the rest of the season, “No, not for a whole season, because we know what they’re doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan,” Revis said. “Yeah, if you have Michael Vick and, I don’t know, Chris Johnson at running back. Yeah, it can work. Those are probably the two fastest guys that can probably get out on the edge on you.”

Now if you look at the stats of both Vick and Johnson and compare them to Denver’s offense or to Tebow and running back Willis McGahee then Revis’ comments don’t make sense. On the season right now McGahee has 127 attempts for 640 yards and three touchdowns compared to Johnson who has 148 attempts for only 496 yards and two touchdowns.

Now when you compare Vick and Tebow, obviously Vick has the better numbers of the two as Tebow has only really played in four and half games. However, if you compare the two from Tebow’s first start on, Tebow wins. In Vick’s last four games he has rushed for 217 yards and zero touchdowns where as Tebow has rushed for 283 yards and one touchdown. Also in that stretch Tebow has been the better starter winning three games compared to Vick who only won two.

Despite being wrong about his comparison Revis wouldn’t stop there as he would go onto say, “We can’t fall asleep back there in the secondary,” Revis said. “It can get boring, especially when a team just keeps running the ball, series after series, play after play.”

Now you can call it what you want, boring or not. But this Denver offense has opposing defenses right they want them and on this Thursday night against the New York Jets ranked 15th against the run will experience something that they haven’t experienced all season long; Tim Tebow.

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Reggie Bush Or Daniel Thomas? Who Do You Choose?

Reggie Bush or Daniel Thomas? A question that will soon be answered.

After rushing for 103 yards off of 15 carries on Sunday against the New York Giants, running back Reggie Bush looked like the Reggie Bush that the Miami Dolphins traded for.

Bush was acquired by the Dolphins during the off-season in a trade that sent DB/ST Jonathon Amaya and an undisclosed draft pick to the New Orleans Saints for the ownership of Bush. The Dolphins didn’t stop there as after they acquired Bush they immediately signed him to a two year deal worth $9.75 Million.

It was Bush fever in Miami as everyone was expecting a big season out of the 2006 first round draft pick, including his new head coach. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano planned on making Bush the feature back of the Dolphins as he felt that Bush was well worthy of the role. “This is a player that can help you be less predictable and still carry the ball on first and second down,” Sparano told the Palm Beach Post. “I mean, the guy had a lot of carries in college.”

As for Bush he was excited and thrilled about the news, “It’s an opportunity I’ve wanted, and envisioned, as long as I’ve played football,” said Bush to the Palm Beach Post.

Well Bush would get that opportunity in week one against the New England Patriots. Bush would rush for 38 yards off of 11 carries and was rather useless. Though, he would make up for his bad game on the receiving end catching the ball nine times for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Bush would then lose the feature back role the next week after rookie running back; Daniel Thomas exploded rushing for 107 yards off of 18 carries. As for Bush he only rushed for 18 yards off of six carries and that was the reoccurring scene week in and week out as Thomas just kept performing.

Though, Bush would get a second chance on Sunday as Thomas was out with a hamstring injury that happened the week before. Bush would rush for 103 yards off of 15 carries in the replacement of Thomas showing his coaches, fans, and players the Bush that they asked for.

However looking over the game logs of both Bush and Thomas after the bye week, Bush’s numbers despite less carries have been a lot better. 71 yards off of 10 carries to Thomas’ 47 yards off of 15 carries in week six, and 42 yards off of 10 carries to Thomas’ 53 yards off of 19 carries in week seven. Then of course Bush’s 103 yards off of 15 carries in week eight.

So sitting at 0-7, dead last in the AFC East, dead last in the NFL, and with Thomas still nursing his hamstring back to health, the Miami Dolphins are faced with a question that they answered wrong in September; Reggie Bush or Daniel Thomas?

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Carson Palmer To Start Sunday For The Oakland Raiders

Palmer to start come Sunday.

When quarterback Carson Palmer went to bed Monday night, he went to bed a Cincinnati Bengal soon to wake up a retired man. That was until Tuesday morning at 4 a.m. when he was awoken by text message, a text message that told him he was an Oakland Raider. The message told Palmer that he had to fly to Oakland to complete the trade and to become a Raider.

“I went to bed last night around 10:30, a retired football player and got a text message at 4 a.m. and was told to get on a plane to Oakland,” said Palmer. “It’s been a whirlwind. I understand what’s expected of me. I know what playing quarterback is about, and it’s about winning. I want to come in a contribute and do whatever I can to help this team.”

The other part of the deal that brought Palmer to Oakland from the very stingy Cincinnati Bengals was a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 conditional second round pick that could change to a first round pick if Oakland were to make it to the AFC title game in either this year or next year.

Now Palmer hasn’t been just sitting around this season just taking the year off; he’s been working…working hard with former teammate wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh as well as some high school players in Southern California.

It must have been hard enough, because on Wednesday the Oakland Raiders announced that Palmer would be their starter for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Opting to play Palmer before the bye week the Raiders didn’t want to wait any longer to use what they gave up for.

It’s been a crazy week for the Oakland Raiders and their fans as on Sunday they held their breath when quarterback Jason Campbell left the game with an undisclosed injury and then on Monday watched their season crumble when Campbell had to undergo season ending surgery. But then on Tuesday morning they would see day light as the Raiders awoke their fans with Carson Palmer and then on Wednesday they continued the good news with awarding Palmer the starting job.

“When this opportunity arose, we felt we could not let it pass and needed to take a step forward with the football team if we could,” said Head Coach Hue Jackson. “I think he’s one of the best and that’s why he’s on this football team now. I didn’t bring him here because he was just a guy sitting out there. I brought him here because I think he can help this team win a championship.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles Are Flying…Just Not in the Right Direction

Fly Eagles Fly?

If the NFL gave the Super Bowl to the team that looked the best on paper then the Philadelphia Eagles would be the Champions. However lucky for the other 31 NFL teams that’s not how it works. In the words of Herm Edwards, “You play to win the game.” Apparently the Eagles don’t understand that as at 1-3 the so called “Dream Team” is still dreaming.

With only one win coming in week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, who if didn’t suffer three injuries to their three key players; Sam Bradford, Danny Amendola, and Steven Jackson the Rams, may just have won that game.

So at 1-3 and dead last in their division the Eagles, heading into Buffalo this week need make some changes…some serious ones. Let’s start with their defense. Supposed to be “unstoppable” and impossible to pass on, the Eagles have been just the opposite.

Now their pass defense hasn’t been that bad as they have allowed only 871 yards and 8 yards per pass in their first four games, that hasn’t been the problem…at least the big problem. What has been the “big problem” is their run defense. Allowing 5.3 yards per carry and 558 yards rushing, the Eagles ranked third to last in the NFL (beating out the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis Rams) are one of the easiest teams to run the ball on.

With that in mind their pass defense which has been so so could be worse than what it really is. The only reason why we haven’t seen the answer yet is because their run defense is so bad that teams are running the ball more than passing it.

As far as their offense is concerned it’s been just great, just not great when Mike Kafka has been in the game; 16 throws, 11 completions, 107 yards and two interceptions. With Michael Vick in, the statistics were much better; 129 throws, 79 completions, 1,021 yards, six touch downs, and three interceptions. As far as the offense as a whole they rank fourth in the NFL trailing New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers.

Next up is the Buffalo Bills, a team that has been red hot and is looking to make up for a loss in Cincinnati that they felt shouldn’t have happened. So to all you Eagle fans who booked your plane tickets to Lucas Oil Stadium for this years Super Bowl may want to re-plan or cancel them, because the way the Eagles are playing right now there’s no chance of seeing them in Indianapolis…unless their in the stands.

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Tony Romo: More Than Just Clutch… Unbelievable

Call him what you want but what Tony Romo did Sunday was truly remarkable.

Just one week ago Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was on every sports news cast, newspaper, radio, you name it; everyone was talking about Romo. Talking about Romo and the dramatic loss to the New York Jets on Sunday Night. He was called a choke artist, embarrassment, butterfingers, and they said he couldn’t do it clutch, he couldn’t make it the NFL, he couldn’t win a playoff game, and that he couldn’t win when it matters.

Well one week later in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California against the San Fransico 49ers the critics were firing away again. The 49ers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and Romo looked like the Romo that they were calling him. Drive after drive ending in the same result; no touchdown and no field goal.

Then it happened Romo stepped back in the pocket, fired, and hit wide receiver Miles Austin for a 53 yard touchdown. 14-7, 49ers lead. Though just when you thought Romo was back at the top, he let you down yet again.

Romo wouldn’t start the second half due to an apparent rib injury that he suffered on an earlier play during the game. So that meant backup quarterback Jon Kitna was in. Coming in on his first drive Kitna would get two first downs until he would throw an interception. But it would get worse, more news would come out that the rib injury was a fracture and Romo’s return was doubtful. Coming back on the next drive Kitna would redeem himself throwing a 5 yard touchdown to Miles Austin.

Still no Romo…

After stopping the 49ers again Kitna would return to the field only to let Dallas fans down again by throwing another interception; all hope was lost. No Romo meant no win. Responding off of the Kitna interception the 49ers would score off of a 29 yard touchdown 21-14, 49ers.

Getting ready to take the field again Kitna would get the pat on his thigh from Tony Romo; he was coming back out. He was going to play! Fractured rib and all Romo didn’t care as he knew that they needed a win.

Unfortunately it was the same story; three and out, 49ers ball. The 49ers would then drive down the field and would score on a David Akers 55 yard field goal, 24-14, 49ers.

Still fighting the Cowboys coming out on their next drive lead by Romo would drive down the field while Romo, taking hit after hit, after every pass would come through. Romo would throw a 25 yard pass to Miles Austin; 24-21 lead.

Forcing the 49ers to punt the Cowboys trailing by three with four minuets to go would need to drive down the field for at least a field goal, and they would need Romo to do it. Driving up the field pass after pass…play after play…tick after tick…the Cowboys would just maybe do it.

Four seconds to go down by three, the Cowboys would line-up for a field goal. From 48 yards Dan Bailey would hit it! They were heading for overtime.

Standing tall the Cowboys defense would force the 49ers to a three and out giving Romo and the Cowboys the ball back. This was his chance, to prove that he was clutch, that he could do it in the fourth quarter or when it matters, and that he wasn’t a choke artist, but most importantly get the win.

On their first down out Tony Romo would find wide receiver Jesse Holley for a 77 yard gain, putting the Cowboys in field goal distance, and lined up perfectly for a win.

Snap…kick…its good. The Cowboys made the comeback and they did it with Romo. Though, the story wasn’t that Romo finally did it in when it mattered, that he didn’t choke in the fourth quarter, that he didn’t fumble the snap; that wasn’t the story. And the story wasn’t that Romo came back into the game injured and all; with a fractured rib (injury would later become worse)…that wasn’t it either.

What the story was that the Cowboys came back and got the win; that’s what mattered and that’s what the story was to Tony Romo. “I didn’t want to be 0-2,” Romo said. “Getting into an 0-2 hole is devastating in the National Football League.”

The injury would later be released as more than just a fractured rib, but two fractured ribs and a punctured lung.

So call him a choke artist, a choker, a bum, whatever, call him what you want you want. But what you can’t call him is a quitter, bust, or un-manly, because what Tony Romo did on Sunday in Candlestick Park was truly remarkable and unbelievable…now that’s a football player.


Peyton Manning To Undergo Neck Surgery Again: 2011-12 Season in Jeopardy

If Manning doesn't play this season that could mean a lot of empty seats this year in Lucas Oil Stadium.

He underwent neck surgery and said that he would recover; but he didn’t play in one pre-season game or one practice, but still said that he would play week one. In response the Indianapolis Colts decided to go out and sign veteran Kerry Collins to a two year deal worth 14 million; but he still said that he would play week one.

That was Peyton Manning during the whole off-season and during the whole pre-season. But today was different; today may have just been the worst. “Peyton Manning may have to undergo neck surgery yet again,” reported John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 Indianapolis.

Devastating…devastating news for Colts fans and the Colts organization as the Colts have never had to experience playing without Manning since he came into the league in 1998. Though week one they probably will have to experience it and if this report is true then they may have to experience it for the whole entire season, which wouldn’t be pretty.

Now don’t get me wrong Kerry Collins isn’t a bad quarterback at all but he would be coming into an offense that has been lead by the same man for 13 years, it would be a very hard adjustment; an adjustment that could possibly just cause the Colts the 2011-12 NFL season.

“They’re going as if Kerry Collins is going to be the starter,” said ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “That’s the feeling in the organization.”

Now these are all just rumors that have yet to have been confirmed but they certainly stand as more than just rumors when the name Peyton Manning is involved.

Now the Colts did remove Manning from the PUP list earlier this week so they wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t think that he would play this season so don’t scratch Manning for the 2011-12 season just yet. However, this report coming out today could just mean that the Colts Organization found out some new news about Manning’s neck; some new news that he may need surgery and if it this does get confirmed by the Colts Organization well they may just want to pack up and leave town…again.

Two years, $14 Million is a lot for just a backup quarterback; I think someone knows something that we don’t know, and I think that something just came out.


Its Official Chris Johnson Has The Contract And The Titans May Have The Trophy

Rolling...rolling just keep rolling.

Its official the Tennessee Titans and running back Chris Johnson have come to an agreement…finally. But it was definitely worth the wait, four years $53.4 Million making Johnson the highest paid running back in the NFL. The agreement will be an extension instead of a contract meaning that Johnson will remain a Titan for six years and who knows maybe even more.

Johnson isn’t wasting anytime as he will report to camp either today or tomorrow to prepare him for the upcoming 2011-12 NFL season. Now obviously with a lot of missed practice time you could expect some rust, so Johnson would most likely share some carries with Javon Ringer right? No, he most likely won’t for a couple reasons.

One, he’s Chris Johnson. Two, Ringer has been battling a hip injury and hasn’t even played in one pre-season game yet. Even if Ringer comes back to practice this week he won’t have an effect on Johnson as they both have missed time. Lastly, he has about eight or nine days to prepare himself for week one and let’s be honest, it’s highly doubtful that he was just sitting around during his hold out.

Johnson’s deal also includes $30 million in guarantees and a $13.3 million annual salary in the new extension. Johnson got what he wanted; more money and he deserved it, 4,598 rushing yards in three seasons, that’s pretty amazing. Like best running back in the league amazing…just saying its amazing and that four years $53.4 Million is a good deal for all.

Getting Johnson back may have just saved the Titans season from a waste of year to the year that could be as Ringer wouldn’t have been able to fill the spot of Johnson in the running game or the receiving game. See that’s what people forget that he not only can run for a 100 but he can catch for 100 too making him even harder to stop, causing defenses havoc every Sunday.

So don’t worry Titan fans the man is back and so is your season, so pull the jersey out of the closet, put it on and in the words of Chris Johnson kiss da’ baby and maybe even a Lombardi trophy.


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