And Down the Stretch They Come



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  1. Avatar Gerry says:

    I hate to say I told you so but… I told you so. The Eagles are nowhere close to as bad as everyone thought they were at the start of the season.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      I actually thought the Eagles would be more akin to the Cowboys. A dynamic but potentially inconsistent offense and an inept defense. They are something quite different. Davis has done a remarkable job with the defense.Report

  2. Avatar Chris says:

    I don’t know if this team has been pleasantly surprising or underachieving. Do you?

    They’ve performed exactly as I think most fans expected. Locker is not an elite quarterback, and it’s almost painful to watch Johnson. As my brother put it, he goes down at the mere thought of a tackle. Plus, he simply cannot cut anymore. He tries, he really does, but he can’t do it. Their defense is improved from last year, but the offense is a quarterback and a tailback away from being even mediocre.Report

  3. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    “Seattle Seahawks: Last night’s win cements them as the most complete and balanced team in the league.”

    As a long-suffering ‘hawks fan, what are the odds that anyone would have ever written that sentence, other than in jest?

    As to the balance, here is a stat I did not know until Gruden mentioned it in last night’s game: This year, Seahawks opponents have 15 yards in punt returns. Not an average of 15 yards, 15 yards total — for the entire season!

    It’s like this whole season is something I just daydreamed.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    I’ll believe the 49ers are for real when they beat a good team. Maybe next week …Report

  5. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Is this an appropriate place for me to whine about how much I miss Aaron Rodgers under center? Seriously, is this how the rest of you all have had to live for the past two decades? I’m so sorry! I had no idea it was like this!Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      There was a time where we Eagles fans put our hopes and dreams in a veritable Who’s Who of supposed Golden Boy QBs: AJ Feely, Bobby Hoying, BOTH Detmer brothers. McNabb was a revelation… so much so that we were awful to him because we were so accustomed to being awful to QBs (I, for one, loved him, but the fan base as a whole had a very mixed reaction to him). I’m afraid to like Foles. Been burned too many times.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        I’m convinced that NFL scout is the easiest job in the world, not because recognizing football talent and potential is easy, but because you don’t have to know how to do those things to be a scout.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        McNabb was no good; the media brainwashed you into liking him because they were very desirous that a black quarterback do well.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        McNabb was no good;

        All those NFC Championship games were about The Players wanting a Black Quarterback, too. The conspiracy goes **way** beyond the media, bro.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        not because recognizing football talent and potential is easy, but because you don’t have to know how to do those things to be a scout.

        Market failure?Report

      • Avatar Mo says:

        Part of it is that success, especially for a QB, is about being on the right team, at the right time, with the right coach and the right system. If Tom Brady starts his career for the Jamarcus Russell era Raiders*, no way he becomes “Tom Brady”. Instead he ends up being a Jason Campbell type. A good example of this is Josh McCown, who is having a Renaissance in Chicago unlike any other time his career.

        * Let’s not forget, that same situation made Matt Cassell a 12-4 QB.Report

      • Avatar Mo says:

        By that situation, I mean Tom Brady’s, not Jamarcus’Report

    • After watching the Bills fumble away -literally- their best chance at the playoffs in a decade, I don’t want to hear anyones complaints. My team is the anti-Auburn.Report

      • Avatar Stillwater says:

        Ehh, your hope rested on individual performance. My hope rests on the weather. I’d rather have your hope, to be honest. At least the players, rather than the weather, determine the outcomes.

        Peyton has never been good below 40 degrees. (40 degrees? You got to be kidding me!. That’s not even Cold!!) And he’s the team, really.Report

      • I don’t think you understand. I am at a point where i think i could die happy just to see the Bills have an opportunity to get blown out in a wild card playoff game. Winning such a game isn’t even a consideration.

        The Bills haven’t even been to the playoffs in this entire fishing millenium.Report

  6. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Denver Broncos: I’m concerned about their — well, Peyton’s — ability to play well in bad weather,

    Me too! Peyton sucks in bad weather. He was so bad in the first half at New England I thought he’d take the glove off at half time. That he didn’t – and continued to suck even harder – cost me a bit of money. Apparently, he thinks he sucks less with the glove on. Who am I to argue?Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain says:

      I’ve always thought that weather was greatly underrated in terms of how teams had to be built, and what it meant for playoffs. College football, with an almost total lack of domes, used to be the best example. If you built a team that could win the big games in the cold and crap of November in the Big 10 and Big 8 conferences, you were at a serious disadvantage when you went to a warm-weather bowl game and came up against a team built around speed and throwing the ball with wild abandon. It got to where it was a meme: Ohio State could beat anyone in Columbus in November, then lose to anyone from the West Coast in Pasadena in January.

      Denver weather in January is a crap shoot. Could be 10 degrees and snowing at game time; with about equal probability, could be 55 and sunny. The average high in January is 47, but after living here for 25 years, I’m convinced that you’re much more likely to get either 37 or 57 than you are to actually get 47.Report