A Shootout in Philly?
I'm thinking the Redskins might need to put up some points to keep this thing rolling in Philly. Donovan McNabb has to look at what RomoCop did outside of the pocket and have visions of carving a Butterball turkey. Andy Reid, who might be pondering turkeys for other reasons, has had two weeks to scheme against what has been an inept secondary - not a good thing for Redskins fans.
Reid already throws the ball more than just about any coach in the league, and, with Griffin and Golston forming what could be a run-stuffing bond in the middle of Washington's line, I'm figuring on a whole lot of pitching and catching Sunday, weather permitting (I know at least of our bloggy peoples out there has a full forecast ready to post, so I will refrain and allow him that honor).
I'm guessing on Westbrook lined up left of McNabb quite a bit, looking to take screens and slants against Carter and Holdman. I am guessing that Stallworth will get a few shots on Carlos downfield. I think the Eagles tight ends might end up with the most balls thrown their way in total.
As for the Skins, I am not sold on Philly's D. The overall numbers are okay - 14th in total defense- but I think if you force them to stay on the field their vulnerabilities will manifest. Of course, that involves pounding the rock on the ground, which is not the way it has been going down with Big Al running the offense. They are 25th in first downs allowed.
The Eagles can get after the passer even without Kearse, and should be a desperate team after bad losses to Tampa on that 62-yard field goal and Jacksonville a few weeks back. They have been pretty banged up too, with the bye coming at a good time for them. And winning in Philly is never easy.
I just have the feeling we are looking at a high-scoring game, but again, that's just my hunch. It really is impossible to predict how these games are going to go up here.
Randoms: Tough week for the local media flock. We go from the best conference call in the NFL - The Tuna- to Reid, who makes me want to rub soap in my eyes when he "answers" a question. No one puts more effort into giving a non-response than this dude. You could let Chloe babble about manball on the other end of the phone while we fire away questions, and I guarantee you she would generate better copy for us ... Hope everyone voted yesterday. Amazing how many sports metaphors seep into election coverage on the boob tube. I was certain Terry Bradshaw and Michael Irvin were going to bust out from behind one of those huge screens with all of the state-by-state results posted in red and blue and pontificate about the need to count each vote one at a time ... Doesn't sound like Archuleta is going to be getting that starting gig back anytime soon, eh? He is digging out of a deep hole, and looking to find his way in this defense ...
Gotta think Troy Vincent, grasping a leadership role on this woeful defense in record time, is going to be extra fired up for his return to Philly. He certain must have a book on McNabb, too, which can't hurt ... For all my soccer-luvin' peeps out there. Some well connected people tell me Klinsi has essentially agreed to the US job financially, but it's being held up 'cause he does not want to take over full-time until Jan. 2008. On the surface, no big deal, since WC qualifying will not really be underway yet, but the USSF is making a bold step by going to the Copa America this summer - as well as the Gold Cup - so would want Klinsi to start sooner. Klinsi would be around, but Sigi Schmidt would coach the team full-time in 2007. Anyway, that's just what I've heard ... Will give a Santana update when practice starts. With all the rain, I can't think that helps his ability to do much on the field given the nature of that hammy.
Jason La Canfora
November 8, 2006; 11:39 AM ET
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