Bust out the bags Saints fans. The Eagles have just ruined your season. In an offensive explosion, the Birds beat New Orleans 38-23.
Number Five was McNabbulous as he completed 24 passes out of 35 attempts for 263 yards, and 3 touch downs. McNabb’s mobility continues to improve, as he escaped sacks, and bought time with his legs. Donovan also chipped in with a long run of 40 yards, which was fumbled, and then recovered in the end zone by Kevin Curtis for a touch down.
In the third quarter Curtis hauled in a seven yard pass, which put him over 1,000 receiving yards for the season. Curtis also scored a touch down, and had a really solid game. The Eagles receivers have been getting bashed a lot this season, but Curtis has really done an excellent job.
The other receivers made big plays too. “Downtown” Reggie Brown torched the backup Saints DB for a 31 yard touch down. Donovan threw a perfect ball, and Brown easily did his part on the throw-and-catch. Greg Lewis scored a 9 yard touchdown using the back judge to screen the defender. Jason Avant made some nice catches, and Hank Baskett chipped in as well.
Brian Westbrook was able to get exactly 100 yards on 17 carries. He is only a few yards shy of breaking the Eagles record for yards from scrimmage in a season, held by Wilbert Montgomery. Westbrook overall has been awesome, but he did fumble again this week. He appeared to never fully have control of the ball, and just layed it on the ground. I am not too worried about that in the future, as he has rarely fumbled in his career.
Correll “General” Buckhalter played, and ran like he was angry. Breaking through tackles, and running through defenders Buck looked really good with the limited touches he got. His 20 yard touch down run was great blocking up front, followed by pure desire to get in the end zone. For all the knee injuries Buck has suffered in his career, it is amazing that he has been able to bounce back so well.
A lot of young players really stepped up big in this game.
The first that comes to my mind, is Stewart Bradley. Bradley got extensive playing time after Omar Gaither left the game(quad contusion), and he played really well. Bradley ran through the Saints RB, and was able to sack Drew Brees before Quint Mikell could even get there(was running free). This was a huge play from Stewart. The turning point of the game was the big goal line stand the defense had at the one yard line, and Bradley was in on almost every play. He also dove for on interception off a tipped pass from Brees. Bradley played well, and just looked like he belonged out there.
Max Jean-Gilles started at Right Guard in place of Pro Bowler Shawn Andrews, and was great. He held his ground on pass protection, and made some devastating blocks in the run game. Gilles looks like he could be a starter on this team. Herremans has had a shaky year at left guard, and the Eagles might want to look at moving him back to tackle. Gilles and Andrews would form a sick guard duo for a long time.
Brent Celek made some nice plays, and as usual he always catches the ball. I am almost certain that L.J. Smith is outta here next season, and Celek could be the guy the Eagles turn to. They might want to draft another tight end for depth, but Celek looks like he has the tools to be the man. He may not be as talented as Smith, but he already seems to be more reliable.
A player that I have killed a lot this year that had a great game was Joselio Hanson. I don’t have the number of great plays he made, because I lost count. He blew up screens, deflected pass, blitzed the QB well, and even made plays on special teams. Hanson had an outstanding game, and I give a ton of props to him.
The refs finally noticed that Jamaal Brown holds Trent Cole on almost every play. I was screaming about Brown putting Cole in a choke hold last year in the playoffs. Now that Cole has 12.5 sacks Cole started getting that call. Brown was flagged twice for holding, and there were probably 5 more that were missed. Cole is an absolute monster on this defense, and was one of the best draft picks Andy Reid has ever made.
Besides a few select plays the run defense was yet again very good. What a difference a year makes with Mike Patterson. This time last year Patterson was Jahari Evans bitch. Not today, as Patterson took on blockers, and was dominating. Brodrick Bunkley also had an excellent game. These two have played well all year, and probably should have been considered for the Pro Bowl(joke).
Overall the Eagles played a great game. Outside of the Westbrook fumble, and a few stupid penalties, the Saints did not hurt the Eagles very much. It did feel great to win this game, despite being out of the playoffs. The players wont say it, but I will. This was revenge for the Saints ending the Eagles season last year. It hurts to lose, and nobody on that team forget about it. They showed a lot of heart, and pride going out there and dismantling the Aints.
It also felt great to see bum losers Hollis Thomas, and Marc Simoneau just get owned all game. What is even better than that, is that all those loser Saints fans who trolled my blog can shut up now.
They are finished, and can thank the Philadelphia Eagles for ending their season.