Donovan McNabb signals a first down on the third Eagles touchdown drive
halfway through the 3rd quarter. He had a big day completing 24 of 30
passes for 312 yards and QB rating of 132.6. It was his second highest ever
as a pro. His highest was a 137.5 at Cleveland back in 2000. He didn't have
any rushing yards, but also was not sacked for the first time this year.
He was also voted NFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles' Stat Of The Week |
The Philadelphia Eagles won an NFC-best fifth consecutive game and their third longest
winning streak in the last 20 years. The Eagles now have also won their last five of
six games versus the Giants after losing 8 straight to them. The Eagles now have rushed
for a TD in 9 consecutive games, their longest such streak in 24 years. The Eagles allowed
no sacks for the first time since the Seattle game last December. The 29-yard TD catch was
his first receiving TD of his career, he finished the day with a total of 3 TD's. The last
Eagle to score 3 TD's in one game was Duce Staley who did against the Chiefs back in 1998.
The Eagles 18-point margin of victory was their largest against the G-Men since a 24-0 win
back in 1996.
In Leading Eagles To Victory Over|
Giants, McNabb Has Career Day.
After the Eagles basically knocked the Giants out of contention of making
the playoffs, I have only three words to say to all those New York fans.
GIANTS, YOU SUCK! Now that I got that off my chest, all I can say now is
that the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be the team to beat now in the NFC.
They look like a team on a mission. A mission to win the NFC Championship
Game and play in the Super Bowl. Yes, we still have a ways to go, but winning
5 in a row and winning 7 of 8 can go a long way for team's confidence. If they
can win 5 of their last 6 games, including the 2 versus Dallas and Carolina,
then they would be sure cut favorites to be the NFC Champion. Just look at the
odds in Vegas: they are 3-2 favorites to make it to the NFC Championship Game,
3-1 favorites to make the Super Bowl and have 5-1 odds on winning the Super Bowl.
After the Eagles pounded the Giants 28-10, many onlookers believe that in fact
Philly is the best team in the NFC right now. The Eagles got their Giant killer
back in Brian Westbrook. He finished the game with 108 all-purpose yards; rushing
9 times for 48 yards and catching 5 passes for 60 yards, while scoring 3 touchdowns.
Correll Buckhalter scored the other TD on a 1-yard rush early on in the first quarter.
As a team, the Birds outgained the Giants 376 yards to 361, but the Eagles defense
held down the fort when it mattered most. Next up are the New Orleans Saints, who
had a miracle comeback of their own, beating the Atlanta Falcons 23-20 in OT.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
This game may have been a little closer if not for the suburb playing of one man. That
one man was being dished by most of the fans and media for his poor play during the first
5 games. I never said once to replace him with A.J. Feely. Now, it looks like Andy Reid's
patience is starting to pay off. Donovan McNabb had his second best day as a pro: passing
for 314 yards and a completion rate of 80% on a 24-for-30 passing day. He threw for 2 TD's
and had a QB passer rating of 132.5. In fact, in the second half alone, he completed 10 of
10 passes with 1 TD and his passer rating registered 145.0. Unbelievable, no unreal! After
a 0-2 star to the season, he has improved the Eagles to 7-3, while the Birds won the last
7 of 8 games. While leading the team to a 7-1 mark during the last 8 games, the team is in
perfect position not only to make the playoffs, but also to also challenging for the #1
seed in the NFC. This year though, the ghosts of Tampa seem to be sailing away on the
horizon after they lost to the same Green Bay Packers who we beat last week at Lambeau
Field on Monday Night. The Eagles are taking the high road to the playoffs, while the
Giants are headed towards the golf courses after Christmas. Maybe that one play defined
the entire Giants season so far. On 4th and 1 on the Eagles 1-yard line, down 14-3, the
Giants re-substituted Tiki Barber for Dorsey Levins. Coach Fassel called for the end
around and both Brain Dawkins and Carlos Emmons read it, stuffing the play for a 2-yard
loss. Emmons added, "You don't have to be a brain surgeon to guess that."
Yesterday, it was 1-day shy of the anniversary in which McNabb broke his ankle against
the Cardinals in which he had a 132.1 QB rating and throwing 4 touchdown passes. One year
later, the Eagles are in perhaps a better position because both the Bucs and Giants seem
out of the race all together. While Dallas was being clobbered by New England 12-0, the
Eagles won and now are tied with Cowboys for first place. The offensive line had a lot to
say about the win. They held the Giants sackless. New York entered the game leading the
NFL with 28 sacks, while the Eagles gave up a NFL-best 27 sacks. The Eagles had 3 sacks
for themselves sacking Kerry Collins and the Giants offense into submission. Collins was
only completed 25 of 44 passes for 268 yards and throwing an interception. His QB rating
was a paltry 72.9 compared to McNabb's 132.5. Don't forget, only 4 weeks ago, McNabb had
a 29.1 QB rating versus these same Giants. Donovan also completed passes to 9 different
receivers, including 6 to Thrash and 4 to Freddie Mitchell who also is now proving his
worth in the Philadelphia attack. I hope they resign Mitchell along with Carlos Emmons,
Troy Vincent and yes, Duce Staley. And my last comments are for those Cowboy fans who
been whining all year long about how good they are. Well, on December 7th, the game
will surely be one to remember when the Cowboys will beat once and for all and the Eagles
will stake their claim for first place. It will be a day of infamy for this rival.