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NFC East Prediction 2010 – Review

Back in September, I attempted to predict the 2010 NFC East regular season standings based on the previous decades’ records for each of the teams. You can read the original article by clicking here.

After much number crunching, I came up with:-

Eagles    10-6
Giants     9-7
Cowboys    9-7
Redskins   7-9

How accurate did this method turn out to be? Well, what we actually ended up with is:-

Eagles    10-6
Giants    10-6
Cowboys   6-10
Redskins  6-10

As you can see, the Eagles were bang on form. I thought that we may have been facing a year of rebuilding with Kevin Kolb as Quarterback (who didn’t?!) but he was knocked out of the game in week 1 and Vick 2.0 stepped in. Kolb still played his part by dismantling the Atlanta Falcons, but the Eagles quickly became Vick’s team and flourished. But for Vick’s injury and the strange last 2 weeks, we could quite easily have been looking at a much higher win ratio and #1 seeding. Very positive going into the playoffs with, hopefully, a fully fit and rested #7.

The Giants ended a game better than the prediction. They didn’t have massive personnel changes in key areas of the team and it was no surprise that they were very close to the predicted 9-7. It did take a ‘miracle’ to keep them down, but we’ll take that!

The Cowboys were the big losers in the division, falling 3 wins behind the predicted 9-7. There’s no doubt that Quarterback injuries hurt the team and they actually recovered from a disastrous start to the season under Jon Kitna of all people! I remember when he won MVP for Barcelona Dragons in the NFL Europe “World Bowl” 1997. He’s certainly been around for a while! Poor coaching, penalties and dropped catches all contributed to a poor season for Dallas in the year that they were going to win the Superbowl in their own stadium. Really, Jerry?! That sort of arrogance often comes back to bite you in the butt.

There were Quarterback problems in the Capital too. All those questions about the McNabb trade appeared to be answered in Andy Reid’s favor this year as the Redskins, who I predicted to achieve 7-9, didn’t even manage that. Whether McNabb didn’t know the 2 minute drill, wasn’t fit enough or simply not good enough, few could argue that the Eagles missed him this year. Yes, the Redskins’ O-Line is a debacle and maybe McNabb will bounce back in a better team next year, but this season his performances were disappointing. He finished with 14 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a rating of 77.1.

In total, my predictions were 5 games out across the division which isn’t bad at all. Especially taking into the account the Quarterback changes/issues/controversies. I even got the 4 teams in the correct order!

I’m not sure how I could work out a post season formula to predict the playoffs, so I’ll just say this. Let’s bring it home for Jerome!

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!

EaglesFanCast 97 – On The Road To Vicktory

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Michael Vick  of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a break past Brian Orakpo  of the Washington Redskins on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Our Philadelphia Eagles put on an historic display to an amazed football fanbase the world over on Monday Night Football, and defeat the Washington Redskins 59-28.  The Eagles showed poise, maturity, skill and discipline on every side of the ball for a critical NFC East game, and dominated from the first play of the game.  It was truly an exciting game, with twelve touchdowns scored in total, with the Eagles scoring six of their eight in the first half alone.  The Defense dominated as well, not allowing the Redskins to convert a third down the entire game, and despite Donovan McNabb throwing for two touchdowns, the Eagles D intercepted him three times.  But the true star of this game was Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.  Vick, in this game alone, completed his transformation into one of the most dangerous players in the NFL.  From this point forward, all other teams that face the Eagles will have to prepare unlike for any other game they played before. Overall it was an incredible game to watch, and ranks as one of the most impressive Eagles victories in franchise history.

What we discussed:

  • Eagles destroy the Redskins 59-28 in Washington on Monday Night Football
  • So much went right, on all sides of the ball
  • Multiple records were set in the game, Vick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, and the Football Hall of Fame requested Vick’s game jersey
  • Michael Vick’s transformation to the player he is now is nothing short of amazing
  • The Eagles Defense shut down many parts of the Redskins Offense, despite the four touchdowns given up
  • We talk about some of the team statistics, thanks to the work of Bleeding Green Nation
  • The Eagles next opponent is just as big, and is for sole first place in the NFC East, at home against the New York Giants
  • Some fantasy football talk

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EaglesFanCast 96 – Eagles Beat Refs

Andy Reid at 13The Philadelphia Eagles overcome a horribly-officiated game and beat the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. More than Colts quarterback Peyton Manning playing poorly, more than Eagles quarterback Michael Vick playing well, was the topic of the referees and how quickly they are tossing that little yellow flag through the air.  We recognize that there is extra pressure from the NFL now to protect players during the game, and it has exposed itself as bad calls that could have easily changed the course of this particular game in more than one instance. Despite all of this, and more than a dozen Eagles penalties overall, the Eagles win, and it may be a huge momentum builder going into next week’s Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins.

What we discussed:

  • The Eagles are now 5-3 after beating the refs Indianapolis Colts in Philadelphia
  • How many horrible calls did the refs make? Let us count the ways
  • Eagles go to Washington to take on Donovan McNabb and the Redskins on Monday Night Football, no pressure, Donovan
  • We want a huge game, a definitive win on national TV
  • We go back to talking about the refereeing after some emails from Dennis
  • Reminiscing about some notorious Eagles fan stories as we’ve experienced it
  • Some laughable EFC Fantasy Football results

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EaglesFanCast 92 – Andy Reid Goofed

PHILADELPHIA - Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks at a press conference regarding Michael Vick at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

In what amounted to a disaster of a game, the Philadelphia Eagles lose at home to the Washington Redskins. Donovan McNabb’s homecoming was not what anyone predicted, with more Eagles players going down with concussions and broken bones, more poor officiating, some laughable coaching and penalties all adding up to a poor Eagles showing in front of a worldwide audience. McNabb performed badly, but it was the Redskins running game that won the game. Eagles latest starting quarterback, Michael Vick, went down with a rib cartilage injury, and Kevin Kolb came in off the bench. In what was arguably the game-losing moments, Head Coach Andy Reid flubbed clock management and play calling before the half, which resulted in a Field Goal instead of a potential touchdown. Reid’s ultimate explanation for the decisions was, “I goofed.”

What we discussed:

  • We start off with addressing Andy Reid’s debacle of clock management… “I goofed”
  • We take a look at the next couple of weeks in the schedule
  • The injuries continue to add up for the team
  • Our expectations of the team as this being a rebuilding year are now back in line
  • We talk about the tailgate this week with Todd flying in and also listener Brian from Colorado came and hung out with us
  • Wrap up with some EFC Fantasy Football talk

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Just Another Game?

Aug. 13, 2010 - Landover, Maryland, United States of America - 13 August, 2010: Washington Redskins Quarterback DONOVAN MCNABB.

And so it’s almost here. Week 4. Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly. Will he get cheered? Will he get booed? If I’m honest, as long as he’s on the losing team I don’t really care although a good reception would be the classy thing to do. And then boo the living daylights out of him as he lines up behind that awful O-line!

The McNabb era was extremely successful for the Eagles, but my overriding memory of #5 is his failure to win the big games. It was fantastic to win game after game during the regular season and cruise into post season but surely, given all those opportunities, it wasn’t too much to expect ONE Superbowl win?! By the end of last season I was ready for change, especially after the two losses to Dallas. McNabb managed to exorcise that demon right away in Washington with a week 1 win over Jerry Jones’ blue-starred circus, but there was nothing much on that game, certainly not a run at the post season. Now McNabb faces the Eagles at The Linc and he must want this game more than any other between now and week 17. He must be thinking about it 24/7, piling on the pressure in his mind. Wanting a win so badly. Hoping and praying that he doesn’t choke. Again. He must be running through scenarios in his head, imagining the cheers or the jeers from the Philly fans. He’ll say all the right things, that it’s “just another game”, but human nature dictates that the thoughts will run through his head all week – if they haven’t done all summer. Pressure.

And what about Andy Reid? Is his decision to trade McNabb within the division about to be vindicated or thrown back squarely in his face? Is this the game that could finally silence the fans who criticised the move or will it give them more ammo to throw at the Head Coach? Both McNabb and Reid are claiming that this is just another game, but is it? Really? Could it ever be “just another game” given the circumstances? So many questions will be answered on Sunday.

As for the game itself, I can’t wait. Yes, I want to see McNabb lose. Yes, I want to see the Eagles stomp all over a division rival. But most of all, I want to see more of Mike Vick! I can’t remember ever being so excited about an Eagles team and much of it comes down to the incredible performances from Vick. I admired his elusive scrambling abilities when he was at Atlanta, but all along I knew that he didn’t quite have the consistency and all-round game that he needed to be a great quarterback. And then came Vick 2.0. He’s changed the way he plays the game, bringing in far better passing, ball security and a more considered approach to his drives. When he played in Atlanta, I almost felt that no plays were ever called and he simply did whatever he felt like. A huge amount of credit must go to Vick for the transformation, but also the coaching staff who have obviously worked hard with him throughout the summer to create this new superstar in the making. If ever there’s a textbook written about how to take a second chance, Mike Vick will be on the first page. And his view of Sunday? “Just another game”.

I must also mention Kevin Kolb. He would have known that there’d be cameras trained on him throughout the Jacksonville Jaguars game and he played his part faultlessly, but I hope that he didn’t have to put on too much of an act. He looked dangerously lost in week 1 and his lack of movement behind the O-line meant that an injury was bound to happen sooner or later, especially with the loss of Jamaal Jackson too. Kolb will know precisely his own weaknesses and now has time to work on them so that he can make the most of his next opportunity – though with Vick taking so many hits, it might not necessarily be as far away as he’s anticipating. If Kolb needs any pointers about taking second chances, the current starting quarterback should be able to help out.

So what do I want from the big showdown on Sunday?

  1. An Eagles win.
  2. Another exciting performance from Mike Vick and the Offense.
  3. Dominant Defense.
  4. I want to see McNabb fall short of what was needed to win the big game. I want to see the failure to convert 3rd downs, the horrible throws into the ground, the 6 yard passes when he needs 8. I want absolute proof that Andy Reid was right to trade McNabb when he did, and to where he did.

What do I not want to see?

  1. Injuries.
  2. The Eagles secondary being picked apart.
  3. McNabb celebrating a win at the Linc with another team.
  4. That stupid air guitar!

I’m nervously excited. The game is being shown on TV in the UK so let’s put on a show!

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!

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