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Monday, September 26, 2005

Eagles 23 - Oakland 20

September 25, 2005

What a pitiful game. Three opening kickoffs - two of which feature an injured kicker aggravating an already messed up hamstring. It was downhill from there. Penalties abounded in this outing on both sides of the ball with 23 accepted penalties total. Thank goodness our defense played a solid game. We're also fortunate that Janikowski had an off day and missed two field goals. By all rights, a healthy Philadelphia team should have marched all over the Raiders and had a blowout win like the week before. That's what I was hoping for anyway. If you asked me prior to Kickoff, I would have told you the Eagles would easily cover the spread. Instead, it was an afternoon of angst and the one thing to be happy about is the play of the defense and the fact that we squeaked out a 'W'. David Akers will be out for a while and McNabb is banged up and may not play next week in Kansas City.

Also around the NFL - What was Antwaan Randle El thinking when he pitched the ball to Hines Ward Sunday in the New England - Pittsburgh game? You're up 10-7 with nearly ten minutes left in the 2nd quarter and you've just caught a 50 yard pass to put your team within striking distance. Why, in your wild dreams, would you pitch the ball in that situation? What is the utter urgency to score on that play? It will be 1st and 10 on the 12 if you just go to the ground. I bet Bill Cowher is having nightmares about that play right about now.

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