The Eagles win! Let’s collect our breath and think about that one for a bit, EAGLES WIN. Incredible, considering we have become accustomed to Eagles leads dwindling down to nothing and eventually turning into a loss. In what was most certainly a make or break game for the Eagles the Birds held on strong to claim a huge division win in Landover, Maryland holding off the Redskins for a 20-13 win. The Birds are still breathing!
When the Eagles offense needed to preserve the lead late in the fourth quarter they did what they needed to do and ran the ball. LeSean “Shady” McCoy continues to prove he is arguably the best back in all of football with a huge day on the ground. McCoy carried the ball a beastly 28 times for 126 yards and a score. A late game 1st down conversion for Shady, that was later reversed, turned into a belly poke of a celebration between the young superstar and head coach Andy Reid. Believe it or not the players believe in Coach Reid and it is evident by the way they talk about him and how they act around Reid.
“He knocked the wind out of me,” Reid Said. “I don’t really care he can do anything he wants today, handshake poke to the chest. He made some big plays.”
A must win, and a division game at that, the Eagles battled and played with a mindset of do or die the entire time. The defense played with intensity and forced turnovers, causing Skins QB Rex Grossman to throw for 4 interceptions, eventually causing Mike Shanahan to bench his starting QB. Grossman finished with a 23.7 QB rating as the Eagles exposed an average QB, at best. In his first start in 3 weeks Kurt Coleman proved he belongs in the lineup. Making up for lost weeks Coleman played a monster game picking off the errant Grossman three times. The last Eagle since Joe Scarpati in 1966 with 3 picks in a game.
With the Philly phaithful growing ever impatient with the “dream team” this win will no doubt ease the boo birds for at least another week. I can already hear some sort of blame being found for Big Red. Reid didn’t shy away from fans criticism after the game when asked about the “Fire Andy” banner hanging outside of the NovaCare complex earlier in the week.
When you stink they are gonna let you know they stink,” Reid said. “They had all the right to do that. I’m okay with that.”
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Birds and realistically keeps them very alive in the division and breathes new life into a frustrating start to the season. Heading into a week 7 bye with a victory under your belt is not a bad way to go. This will give them time to heal with stars like Trent Cole and Jason Peters both nursing injuries.
Coming into the game the Eagles had a turnover ratio of minus ten, something that has definitely plagued an error full team. With 2 interceptions for the Birds D and only 2 turnovers the Eagles finally came out on top of the turnover battle. With one of those turnovers being a lame duck pass by Vince Young, who came in for a brief moment, overall the turnovers were very minimal. Vick also throwing for an INT as well ended up throwing for 237 yards in the air with a score, and added 54 yards on the ground.
Vick battled all game long and protected the ball a lot better than the first five weeks of the season where he has led the league in interceptions. He also utilized his tight end Brent Celek a lot more which is something Vick has tried to do more of this year. Vick and the Birds battled hard and it showed.
“We didn’t think it was gonna be easy,” Vick said post-game. “We wanted to come in and put a complete game together. I’m proud of our guys for sticking in and fighting. And I’m glad to just come out with a victory.”
With a win the Eagles currently sit at 2-4 and only two games out of first from the 4-2 New York football Giants. After a week 7 bye the Eagles get back to football week 8 at home for Sunday Night Football vs the hated Dallas Cowgirls. Time’s yours.