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Eagles Used 10 Players in Onside Kick to Confuse Giants

Philly fans surely haven’t finished enjoying the Eagles’ comeback win over the Giants on Sunday. Conversely, the pain for Giants fans has not been ameliorated, and only winning out might help. I’ll tell you something else that won’t help matters for the fans — and no, we’re not talking about the latest news with punter Matt Dodge. As if the Giants didn’t already feel dumb enough for blowing a 31-10 lead with eight minutes to go, how about finding out that the Eagles tricked you with only 10 men on the field? True story.

Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn said the Eagles confused them. “They ran a guy off right in front of everybody and they’re all looking at each other saying, ‘We’ve (only) got 10.’ So we’re doing the same thing, trying to recount. And then you forget about that ‘alert’ a little bit. That’s kind of what happened.”

Coach Tom Coughlin didn’t think that was a proper excuse and still says he warned the players to prepare for an onside kick. It didn’t matter, as the Giants were left looking even more stupid than they already were.

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TGI Friday’s NFL Weekend Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants

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Why Should I Watch?

Over the past decade, NFC East match-ups have consistently been some of the best in football. The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants have been at the center of many of them. This game should be no different, with each team toting a 9-4 record and in search of a division title. The Redskins and Cowboys are out of the race, so the winner of this game will put itself in great position to win the NFC East and challenge for a first round playoff bye. Plus, Michael Vick will be there.

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Flex Scheduling Bumps Eagles and Vikings to Prime Time for Week 16

The NFL’s Week 16 Sunday night game — an originally scheduled game between the Chargers and Bengals — has been replaced by an NFC match-up between the Eagles and the Vikings. San Diego and Cincinnati has been moved to 4:05 EST, while the Eagles and Vikings will play during the usual Sunday night slot at 8:20 EST.

The NFL instituted flex scheduling in 2006 as a means of featuring more compelling games in its prime time block on Sunday. According to the league, it allows games with playoff implications or games involving surprise teams to be showcased and eliminates featuring games between 2-11 teams that are completely out of the playoff hunt.

Flex scheduling is placed into effect from Week 11 through the remainder of the season, with games scheduled to be played on Thursday, Saturday, or Monday exempt from being moved. Moving the Chargers-Bengals match-up certainly makes sense with the way the Bengals’ season has turned out, but the choice of its replacement is questionable. While there is the obvious draw of Michael Vick — just ask Tashard Choice — the Vikings are all but eliminated from the playoff contention.

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TGI Friday’s NFL Weekend Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles

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Why Should I Watch?

There aren’t many quarterbacks in the NFL who are more exciting to watch than Peyton Manning.  Michael Vick is one of the few.  Vick electrified the Eagles when he started filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb.  He was then forced to miss time with his own injuries, but he returns to action on Sunday to face the Colts.  We’re now right around the halfway point of the 2010 season, when we can really start to get a feel for who the real contenders are.  Philadelphia and Indianapolis are two of them.

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Despite Kevin Kolb’s Success, Andy Reid Says Michael Vick Still Eagles’ Starter

When Kevin Kolb had to be removed from the Philadelphia Eagles‘ week one game against the Packers with a concussion, Michael Vick stepped in and gave the Eagles a chance to win.  They came up short in that particular game, but Vick proceeded to tear it up when he was given a chance to start the following two.  Given the level Vick was playing at, there was no way Andy Reid could give Kolb his starting job back when he was cleared to play.

However, these things have a way of working themselves out.  Or do they?  The exact same situation arose again for the Eagles in their week four game against the Redskins, only this time it was Vick with the injury and Kolb filling in for him.  Like Vick, Kolb played effectively but came up just short of a victory.  Also like Vick, Kolb went on to lead the Eagles to wins the following two games.  In a win over the 49ers, Kolb threw for 253 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 103.3.  On Sunday, he threw for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns in a dominating 31-17 win over Atlanta, posting a passer rating of 133.6.

With Vick inching closer to being cleared to play, what does Reid do now?  The Eagles are winning with Kolb.  Oh yeah, they were winning with Vick, too.  The Eagles’ quarterback play is a huge reason they’ve been able to win with Kolb.  Oh yeahhh, that was a huge reason they were winning with Vick, too.  Despite Kolb’s success the past two games, Reid insists Vick still has his starting job locked down.

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McNabb Cheered in Return to Philly

For those of who are like Doug Gottlieb and were wondering what type of reception Donovan McNabb would get in his return to Philadelphia, you’ve got your answer.  The ovation for McNabb was overwhelming when his name was announced over the PA system at Lincoln Financial Field.  So there you have it — Donovan McNabb was cheered in his return to Philadelphia.

Eagles fans certainly did the right thing.  McNabb gave it his all while leading Philadelphia and was able to take the Eagles to a Super Bowl.  It’s not like it’s a situation where he left to take more money somewhere else, either.  He was traded and there’s nothing he could have done about it.  While we kind of saw it coming, the fans were right to show their appreciation.

Side note: Looks like McNabb came to play.  He currently has his Redskins on top 14-0 in the first quarter after throwing a touchdown pass to Chris Cooley.

Michael Vick is Absolutely Tearing it Up

It wasn’t long ago that we found ourselves wondering if Michael Vick would be able to resurrect his career after filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb.  Andy Reid went and answered that question for us when he named Vick the starter even after Kolb had been cleared to play.  Unless you’re one of the people who is strongly opposed to seeing Vick succeed because of his dog fighting days, he’s done nothing to disappoint.

Not only is Vick playing well enough to deserve a permanent starting job, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league at the moment.  Through less than three games, he’s thrown for 750 yards and 6 touchdowns.  He has yet to throw an interception and has had a passer rating of above 100.0 in each game.  Not bad for a guy who is better known for his legs.

That doesn’t mean Vick has lost his play-making ability on the ground, either.  He’s rushed for 170 yards in 2+ games and has one rushing touchdown on the year.  Like him, love him, or hate him, No. 7 is playing out of his mind.  The stats he’s compiled make him look more like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees than some sophomore’s backup.  Oh yeah, and Philadelphia rolled on the Jags today, 28-3.

The Eagles are sitting at 2-1 while their NFC East counterparts have all struggled to get to 1-2.  With Michael Vick looking like he’s never left the league, Andy Reid and the Eagles must be feeling pretty good about their chances to win the division.