For a while, it looked like I would fulfill my long lost dream of leaving an Eagles game early enough to get home in time to watch the postgame show in its entirety live (as you can see, I have very high aspirations).
But with the Birds up 34-7 late in the 3rd quarter, Eagles players must have decided to start making early plans for Sunday dinner, as the Rams rallied off 21 unanswered points to cut their deficit to 34-28 and make a laughable game into a nail-biter literally and figuratively.
Along the way, Nick Foles decided to do his best impression of a school kid attempting to do a half-hearted bellyflop on one of those “Slip-N-Slides” from back in the day, as his 4th quarter fumble turned what could have been a game-ending field goal into a turnover and another Rams score. Anthony Gargano from WIP radio (1-6 PM during the weekdays) probably described it best, stating that Foles looked like a “drunken giraffe” trying to slide.
What can we make of this team after five games? After three games, the consensus was that they had a powerful offense and an opportunistic defense that made plays when they had to. But over the last two weeks, the offense has been sporadic while the special teams has been just plain AWESOME.
But regardless of how they got there, the Birds are 4-1, and as legendary coach Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are”. A record of 4-1 is not too shabby considering all the injuries this team has sustained and the inconsistent play from the quarterback spot.
This week, the Birds play host to the Giants on Sunday night football in a game that will indeed be a “marquee matchup” for Week 6. The Giants started the season 0-2 and were playing more like ants, but over the last three weeks have built a three game winning streak in which their offense has really come to life. Eli Manning has dropped his “She-li” persona and has been on a hot streak which is never a good sign for the opponent.
A win would make the Eagles 5-1 and in great shape heading into their bye week while a loss would leave the Giants tied with the Birds and possibly give Dallas sole possession of first place based on the outcome of the Cowboys-Seahawks game, which will take place on Sunday afternoon. It’s tough to predict this game and figure out which Eagles team will show up, but the games at home against the G-Men always seem to go down to the wire.
The Linc will be loud and in a “blackout” (as the Eagles have requested from an attire standpoint) as the Birds win 34-28 in another nail-biter.
The Last Word:
R.I.P. Bill Campbell. Mr .Campbell, at some point in his life, did play-by-play for the Philadelphia Warriors (basketball), the Sixers, the Phillies and the Eagles. His voice was a mainstay of the previous generation and with his passing, he joins others such as John Facenda, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn and Gene Hart in the halls of Philadelphia broadcasting icons who have left us.
Amit’s Marquee Matchups of the Week (all times in EST and on Sunday unless stated otherwise):
Colts at Texans 8:25 PM CBS (Thurs)
Patriots at Bills 1:00 PM FOX
Panthers at Bengals 1:00 PM FOX
Packers at Dolphins 1:00 PM FOX
Cowboys at Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Giants at Eagles 8:30 PM NBC