The Philadelphia Eagles came out with avengance after last week's horrifying
loss to the Washington Redskins. The only problem that occurred against the Eagles
in this NFC rival was the officiating again. Two weeks in a row, TWO BLOWN CALLS
AGAIN. The NFL has replay, yet they screw it up. Do these refs actually see anything
at all. Last week, the refs blew a fumble by Deion Sanders on a late game punt return.
Then they gave the game finally to the Redskins on not ruling a fumble by Stephen Davis
with only 10 seconds in the game, ruling NO REPLAY because the player was "Down By Contact."
This week, it happened twice again to the Birds. First, in the 3rd quarter, rookie
Todd Pinkston scored an apparent TD on a fabulous catch while keeping both feet in
bounds. The Cards' challenged the call. Can't blame Arizona on the move. All the replays
clearly showed a TD, everyone could see this accept the ref and he over-ruled the play
which was originally ruled a TD by the lineman. There was another controversial fumble
later in the second half, so why can't we get the calls right. It seems they are called
right before the the play goes to replay, yet the ref has decided that the play should
be overturned time and time again. This has to stop.
Back to the game. The Eagles defense played a solid game and held Jake "The Snake" Plummer
to 213 total yards passing while intercepting him twice. Last year on opening day, Plummer
led the Cards back in terrific fashion after the Eagles were leading 21-0. This year, the
Birds took a 24-0 lead, only to see two second half TD's cut the lead to 24-14. This
time, Donovan McNabb led the way for two drives in the 4th quarter leading to 9 points
and a final score of 33-14. McNabb had another strong outing as he completed 24 for 34
passes and 226 yards with 1 TD and NO INTs. The Eagles running game also was reborn with
172 total rushing yards by committee led by Darnell Autry's 64 rushing yards on 20 carries.
McNabb added 35 yards and a rushing TD. Donovan made big play after big play as the Eagles
converted 10 of 18 3rd down plays for a 1st down. The Eagles offense also held the ball for
39 minutes compared to the Cards 21. Domination in every respect.
The tone of the game was set by the aggressive play calling of Eagle's head coach, Andy Reid.
First, on the Eagles second TD drive in the first half, the Eagles brought out the field
goal unit for a 50 yard attempt on 4th down. The trick came on a no look pitch to kicker
David Akers who not only gained the first down, but he ran downfield for 23 yards. A couple plays
later, McNabb handed the ball off to Brian Mitchell for a sweep to the right. Then Mitchell stopped,
turned and passed to the left to McNabb who was standing all alone on the 5 yard line. But he
dropped a sure TD. Next play, McNabb converted the TD anyway by completing a pass to Chad Lewis
and the Eagles went into halftime with a 17-0 lead. The big play in the 4th quarter was a 59 yard
pass to Charles Johnson who rumbled down to the 1 yard line. Next play, Darnell Aurty scored
the TD that put the game away. Now the Eagles are sitting pretty with a 4-3 record and the a
last place schedule where they still have to play the Cowboys and Cardinals at home, and the
1-6 Bears next week. They also play the Steelers, Browns and Bengals too. Right now, they would
a wild card team and would play the Redskins again. Well, let us see how the rest of the season plays