- Your “What Do You Mean, There’s No Monday Nighter?” No Football Game Open Thread - January 18, 2021
- Your “And An Old Man Shall Lead Them” NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game Open Thread - January 17, 2021
- Your “Can They Possibly Do It Again?” AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game Open Thread - January 17, 2021
For a big game it doesn’t get much smaller than this. But hey, if a 3-7 Mississippi State football team can play in a bowl game then why can’t a desperately underachieving NFC East squadoo sully the good name of “the NFL Playoffs”? I see no reason, your case is dismissed and court is adjourned. [thinks to self, “That oughta please all those lawyer types out there.”]
TO THE GAME!
-If Team had even slightly below-average qb play this year they wouldn’t be in this mess.
-I guess Alex Smith being able to start can be construed as good news although his PFF passer rating comes in at 31st among 38 qualifying tossers. Still, better than a bottle of Taylor Heinicke, right?
-A league-leading 67% of Smith’s passes are thrown short of the 1st down marker. I mean, I hate to pile on but Jeezuz that’s lousy. “He ain’t take any chances at all!”
-Hurts’ rushing attempts have decreased from 18 to 11 to 9 in the last three weeks but you’d think he’s have to reverse that trend if the Eagles plan on winning.
-Overall, an effective run game is needed to effectively sell play-action against Team’s nasty, pressurizing D.
-Missing in action for Philly is Cox, Sanders, Goedert, Barnett and Mailata. For Washington, Gibson and McLaurin are questionable.
-The absence of Mailata is a big one for the Eagles. It would seem that as a left guard he’ll be replaced by first-time starter Brent Toth. He’ll be facing-you guessed it-Chase Young all game long.
-Go Eagles! (just this one time and nevermind if the Giants blew it earlier today)
Praise be unto you all. Or something like that.