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Countdown to Kickoff

No Shawn Springs and no Jason Taylor is not a great combination. Even if Brian Westbrook is gimpy, his mere presence alone keeps defenses honest and forces a team ro respect/fear the run game and the screen passes. Andre Carter needs to have a big game and I imagine the Eagles may run at him quite a bit.

Marcus Washington seems to be in the twilight of his time here, and I am eager to see how H.B. Blades holds up as more of a regular, given his size. That's something the team needs to get a read on. I figure they will be in nickel quite a bit, though, which means no Blades in those packages.

Could end up being a big day for Chris Horton, again, too, getting the starting nod. I could see Donovan McNabb testing him more than once. I also wonder if, by halftime, we won't see more of Leigh Torrence on Reggie Brown, though Fred Smoot is slated to start opposite Carlos Rogers.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 5, 2008; 11:57 AM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Posted by: rgj21 | October 5, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

F the iggles!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Wrote on last post that this is bad news. With Westbrook playing, that unfortunately spells bad news and a loss. I was so looking forward to a win today too.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | October 5, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

F the iggles!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll drink to that, Curz.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 5, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

We might even see Leighvester on DeSean. Two speedy guys there.

Posted by: tafka | October 5, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and F the Notre Dame cowboys!

COMPLAINTS ROLL IN ABOUT BENGALS-COWBOYS AS PRIMARY GAME FOR DOUBLEHEADER
Posted by Mike Florio on October 5, 2008, 11:55 a.m. EDT

Several readers are griping about the fact that the “game” between the 0-4 Bengals and the 3-1 Cowboys has been designated as the primary viewing option for the second half of the CBS doubleheader. With the Ravens and Titans getting ready to get it on, it’s clearly the better game, and some think it should have been moved to 4:15 p.m. EDT.

But here’s the thing. The Cowboys are the NFL’s version of Notre Dame, and CBS gets to televise Dallas only once this year. (The Ravens-Cowboys game later this year would have been aired on CBS if it were a Sunday game; it’s instead a Saturday night game that will be shown on NFLN.)

So for CBS, which during the ’70s and ’80s was the home of so many compelling Cowboys games , there was no doubt that the network’s only return to Dallas in the final year of Texas Stadium would be treated as a big deal, regardless of the quality of the other games.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

With Westbrook playing, that unfortunately spells bad news and a loss. I was so looking forward to a win today too.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | October 5, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse
That makes it much tougher on us, But I'm not ready to concede yet. Let's hit Westbrook with everything we've got!

Posted by: frediefritz | October 5, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The plan for Westbrook - tackle him on a running play and have Erasmus James "accidentally" fall on Westbrook's ankles.

Posted by: tafka | October 5, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Frediefritz, have the Newcastle Brown Ale on ice, and of course the Patron is never far away!

Hail!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

@ frediefritz

I like your idea so I will watch and hope. Not having Springs is worse to me than having to play against Westbrook.

So much for Springs not missing a NFC East contest, no matter what.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | October 5, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Not having Springs is worse to me than having to play against Westbrook.

So much for Springs not missing a NFC East contest, no matter what.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | October 5, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse
I agree that we will miss Springs. But Iggles don't have the large go-to receiver that Springs can blanket. I still tink Westbrook is the bigger problem for us. He has killed us in the past. Blache has been preparing the D all week to face Westbrook. I'm sure we will be pressing to stop him. I just hope it works.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 5, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"What I'm trying to do is what the system is to what his abilities are"

Jim Zorn on JC

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of bizarre TV game selections - here in Houston, we get the Tampa Bay/Denver game at 3pm CST. Not sure why we're not getting the Skins game.

Thank goodness for DirecTV

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

That should have been- meld what the system is...

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling the offense is going to have to put up a lot of points on the board today.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 5, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

This is going to be a very physical game. I've got my ankles taped. Hope you all are taped up too. Let's snap on our chin-straps, and go to war.

HTTR!

Posted by: frediefritz | October 5, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Would be great if Springs could play, but him out is less bad than Jason Taylor out. Tryon can hit big and completes his tackles (for rushing downs).

*** FF post ***

Let the record reflect that, if ESPN would have let me in, I would have benched Braylon Edwards and started Chris Henry.

*** end FF post ***

Posted by: dcsween | October 5, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Sween - email me at suzannepdc@yahoo.com and I can try to change your line up for you. I just checked and it lets me in.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 5, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This will be a tough game

SICWIDIT

Posted by: rickyroge | October 5, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Relax and prepare for a (hopefully) good game. All your suggested lineups have been incorporated, and Lisa has the whole jinx thing worked out.
With McNabb and Westbrook dinged up and their Oline having some trouble, this seems like as good a time as ever for a win.

Posted by: daggar | October 5, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Plus the game plans Zorn/Smith and Blache put together for this game. Win for the Skins!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 5, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeesh, Springs is always hurt.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 5, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

If I were the Eagles I would try and get into a shoot out with the Skins. Up and down, run and gun and make it as wide open as possible.

If the reports are true about the Eagles installing something like 25 blitz packages, that's a good sign as to what they want to do. Run blitz, pass blitz and make Campbell work for everything.

This is a trap game for the Skins. It's going to be a good test for Zorn to see how he handles things.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 5, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

All the Fox dudes are picking the Iggles, altho I think Long made the comment that he'd have taken the Skins if they were at home.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 5, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Sween, email me and I will also change your lineup.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 5, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose, eagles games are usually close, even when they shouldn't be. Let's go boys, eat those cheesesteaks!

Posted by: Realness1 | October 5, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

F TROY! F the IGGLES! And F FILTHY! LETS GO SKINS

Posted by: skins1110 | October 5, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Greetings all

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Westbrook is in the gameplan

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

RocMAC!!!

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

hate to admit, but westbrook is a beast. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Our defense not awake

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

what's up with all the reverses ? ? ?

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Too easy... WTF

Posted by: skins1110 | October 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

roc mac is back!

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The anti-Redskins bias of Buck/Aikman is so transparent...

Posted by: fnralch | October 5, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

That sucked!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 5, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

i am starting to get a bad feeling, but last week, JC was sacked twice in the first two possessions, so we just gotta get into a rhythm.

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 5, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

AGHHHHHHH!

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 5, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Are you F'ing kidding me!!!

Posted by: skins1110 | October 5, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Durant!

Posted by: mrm0to | October 5, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

So if you hit your own number in the back it is not a penalty?

Posted by: skins1110 | October 5, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice f'in call ref. Nice tackling too.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 5, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

How can you expect to win when the refs are going to be that awful. Who are these f's

Posted by: CTCapsFan | October 5, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

F the Refs! How can they let a blown cll stsand like that?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now I'm pissed. That WAS an illegal block in the back, and they had the call right, then they reversed it. What is happening to the officials in this league? They just put 7 points on the board for the Eagles.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Darn it! Appears my jinx thing is coming true....this totally looks like a replay of the Maryland game yesterday.

31-0 here we come :( Just hope it's not worse than that.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Its early we can catch up but we need to play with as much energy as we did in Dallas

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I am done with this game. We have no shot with calls like that.

Posted by: CTCapsFan | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

That takes Portis out of the game. Now we're one-dimensional...ouch!

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 5, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

31-0 here we come :( Just hope it's not worse than that.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Negativity is not needed today. That's why my wife has left the house for today.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Impossibly bad call. Unbelievable.

Posted by: defpotec | October 5, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

We got screwed on that TD

Posted by: Realness1 | October 5, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Why does the front page of the website say Washington is leading the Eagles 7-0?

Is the same editor/intern who let Wilbon's column go out on Wednesday working? Or the one who let Thursday's box score for DC United's game get printed working? Just the facts, WashPo, but make sure you get them right.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | October 5, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

it's a 60-min game folks. . .

remember jints game last year started like this and we ended up losing. . .

can't let this one get away so we can see what we can do gain in the 4th qtr . . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

To win we need to run and play action pass and mix the calls wisely

Posted by: Realness1 | October 5, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they ever thought sbout Max Protect?? That might help in this game. You don't always need 4-5 throwing options.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

unbelieveably bad refereeing right now. not a good start. the ref's explanation of the block in the back call showed how bad of a call it is.

Posted by: JMSinCHeights | October 5, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

this one's gonna be a laugher for the Eagles...

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 5, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook is out, their offense stalls. I hope he stays out the rest of the game.

Posted by: JMSinCHeights | October 5, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Westbrook headed to the locker room

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 5, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

andy has our defense way one their heels. Here comes a screen for a touchdown...

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 5, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Give the Iggles defense a 14-17 point lead and watch them tee-off on Jason...

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 5, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Gotta keep pressuring mcnabb and cover the RB's tight

Posted by: Realness1 | October 5, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Here's our chance.

Let's see those adjustments.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

k we got a break lets go!

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

And Akers hears the boo birds. Nice

Posted by: JMSinCHeights | October 5, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Schroeder - Don't underestimate our offense...

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

u got it 4th. . .

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Guys don't won't us to talk about Politics, but yet we are forced to watch Political ads during Football games.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

4th floor: Yeah, you're right. I'm so used to having it blow up in our face that I forget how much better we're doing this year. Keep me positive!!

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 5, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Cooooooley!

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Cooooooooley all day....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I got you Schroeder.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 5, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

where is the vaunted rush d? ? ?

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | October 5, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

No shutout here baby!

Posted by: Realness1 | October 5, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

k Westbrook out Zorn and Soup figuring out Phillys Defense, we're moving the ball a bit we'll be ok.

Posted by: mofass79 | October 5, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

beep beep....

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 5, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Clicking so far...need a long pass and a good run...

Posted by: fnralch | October 5, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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