Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sunday Showdown as the Giants Come to Town

Here is a link to a post previewing this Sunday's Giants game as posted on Don't Boo the Birds:

Sunday Showdown as the Giants Come to Town

NFC Match Ups of the Week

Here is my preview of the top 3 match ups this week in the NFC as posted on Sportsbook Lists.

Of course, the Giants coming to town to play the Eagles is one of the games reviewed as the winner will have the early edge to win the division.

I know that Dallas is still in the mix, but they are getting it done with smoke and mirrors and I just do not see them being a factor six or seven weeks from now when the games matter the most.

This Sunday's game is a perfect chance for the Birds to put it all together and make a statement that they are still one of the elite teams in the NFL. The offensive line is starting to get healthy, they seemed to have found a legitimate replacement at middle linebacker in Witherspoon, and Jeremy Maclin is poised to start making some big plays to go along DeSean Jackson's amazing big play ability.

Here is the link:

NFC Match Ups of the Week

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Week 8 Preview- New York Giants

The first big divisional game in slated for this Sunday, November 1st when the 5-2 New York Giants come to town to face the 4-2 Eagles. While this isn't a must win for either team, the winner will have the early advantage in the NFC East race and should the Cowboys lose to Seattle, the outright lead at the halfway point of the season.

The following is a preview of the Giants as posted on Bleeding Green Nation

The New York Giants

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Plays Pace the Eagles past the Redskins

Here is a brief look back at Monday night's game against the Redskins as posted on Don't Boo the Birds:

Big Plays Pace the Eagles past the Redskins

Sunday, October 25, 2009

NFC EAST Week 7 Preview

The following is a brief preview of the other games this week in the NFC East as posted on Don't Boo the Birds

NFC East Week 7 Preview

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NFL Week 7 Match Ups

The following is a link to a preview of all the games for week 7 in the NFL as posted on Cappers Picks

NFL Week 7 Match Ups

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eagles @ Redskins- Tale of the Tape

A quick look at all the vital statistics for the Eagles and the Redskins as posted on Dont Boo the Birds.

Eagles-Redskins Tale of the Tape

Week 7 Preview-Washington Redskins

Here is my preview of the Eagles opponent in week 7 as posted on Bleeding Green Nation:

Washington Redskins

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

EaglesLincs teams up with Don't Boo the Birds

Through a deal with Blogs by Fans I have officially taken over all the writing and editing duties for another Eagles blog; Don't Boo the Birds.

While I know after last week's loss that may be hard not to do, as long time suffering Eagles fans you have to look at the big picture. Every year we have a game like this, so I'm glad they got it out of their system early. Lets hope this was their one and done flop for this season and they quickly get back to their winning ways.

Anyway, back to my deal with Don't Boo The Birds. All my primary posts from now on will be on that website, but I will continue to publish links to the posts on this site. This blog will truly turn into EaglesLincs as it will link you to all my other articles.

Here is a link to my first post on Don't Boo The Birds

What went wrong against the Raiders?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Raiders Stun the Eagles 13-9

Whatever cliche you prefer "any given Sunday" or "that is why they play the game", it is still hard to believe how bad the Eagles looked today in a 13-9 loss to the 1-4 Oakland Raiders in a game they were favored to win by over two touchdowns. From the opening kick off the Birds never looked in sync as the Raiders out played them in every phase of the game.

The offensive line offered little protection for Donovan McNabb as he was sacked 6 times and under constant pressure all day long. Philadelphia was never able to establish any kind of running game as Oakland's defense held them to only 67 total yards on the ground. Despite the fact that the Eagles did not turn the ball over and intercepted Raider QB JaMarcus Russell twice, they could not find the end zone all day long. By no means did the Oakland offense overwhelm Philly's defense, but they were able to connect on one big pass play for a 86 yard touchdown in the first quarter as well as convert some key third downs that kept the D from getting off the field.

I'm still not sure what to make of this loss. It could be a matter of jet lag from traveling across country, looking past this game because of how bad the Raiders looked on film, or something a bit deeper such as this team is not as good as we all thought. One thing is for sure, right now they look very average and cannot be considered one of the top teams in the NFC.

With the Giants losing big to the Saints, they had a golden opportunity to close the gap in the division and grab a share of the lead. Instead, they lost a game they should have easily won making you wonder if they will even compete for a playoff spot in the very competitive NFC. With three straight division games coming up, they will have a chance to right the ship, but right now you cannot help but feel there are more questions than answers with this team.

Friday, October 16, 2009

NFL Week 6 Match Ups

Heading into week six there are some great games on tap that should not only be highly entertaining, but also begin the shape the landscape of several divisional races.

The five star game of the week has the N.Y. Football Giants marching into New Orleans to take on the high flying Saints. Both these teams have 5-0 records and are looking to create some separation from themselves and the rest of the NFC. In the AFC the big match up has Denver traveling to San Diego in a game that has huge divisional implications. If the 5-0 Broncos, led by our very own Brian Dawkins and a dominating defense can shut down the high powered Chargers offense and get the win, they will open up a 3 1/2 game lead in the AFC West.

Here is a preview of all this week's game as posted on Cappers Pick

NFL Week Six Match Ups

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Week 6 Preview- Oakland Raiders

The Eagles have one more "Tomato Can" on their schedule before things start heating up. For those of you not familiar with this phrase, it refers to a boxer or fighter whose diminished skills make him an easy opponent to defeat.

This week Philadelphia heads out to the West Coast to face their biggest "Tomato Can" of the season, the Oakland Raiders. You may think that Kansas City or Tampa Bay are worse, but trust me on this one, the Raiders truly stink. Things are so bad that Giants LB Antonio Piece referred to last week's game against Oakland as a scrimmage.

For what it is worth, here is a link to this week's preview as posted on Bleeding Green Nation

The Oakland Raiders

NFC Match Ups of the Week

Heading into week 6 of the 2009 NFL season, the biggest game of the week is with out a doubt the New York Giants @ New Orleans Saints. In a battle of 5-0 teams, the winner of this game will be the early favorite to win the NFC.

While I still think the Eagles will have something to say about this down the road, it is hard to argue that whichever team comes out on top in this game is now considered "the team to beat" in the NFC.

The following is a link to my Top 3 NFC match ups for the week as posted on SportsBook Lists.

NFL Week Six NFC Match Ups

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Eagles Beat Tampa Bay

The Eagles moved to 3-1 on the season with a 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field. While the Birds struggled to get their running game going, it was a break out game for rookie WR Jeremy Maclin.

Maclin had 6 receptions for a 142 yards and two touchdowns. His first score was on a 51 yard pass and catch from Donovan McNabb in the first quarter to open up a 7-0 lead. His second touchdown came late in the 2nd quarter on a 40 yard pass from McNabb giving the Eagles a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.

As Maclin continues to work his way into the offensive scheme, he will become a dangerous compliment to WR DeSean Jackson and TE Brent Celek who had 4 catches for
58 yards in this game as well. Donovan McNabb, back after missing the last two games with a fractured rib, looked sharp completing 16 passes on 21 attempts for 264 yards and 3 TD's with no interceptions.

The Eagles' defense was solid limiting the Buccaneers to 303 yards of total offense, giving up 85 yards on the ground and 218 yards in the air. Tampa closed to within 7 points in the second quarter when Kelin Winslow scored on a nine yard pass from Josh Johnson, but that is close as they got as the Eagles outscored them 19-7 from that point on.

Overall, it was a total team effort against a team they were expected to beat. Tampa was never seriously in this game as the Birds controlled both lines of scrimmage from the start. There may be some concern with the running game as they only ran for 76 total yards with McNabb accounting for 30 and Michael Vick adding in 10 of his own late in the 4th quarter. Brian Westbrook, who was back after missing the last game with a leg injury, only carried the ball 6 times for 18 yards. They will definitely need more production than that from Westbrook as the season goes on.

With the Raiders and Redskins the next two games on the Eagles schedule, Philly has a great opportunity to move to 5-1 before hosting the 5-0 N.Y Giants in a crucial NFC East showdown on November 1st.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

NFC Match Ups of the Week

The Eagles are back in action this week as the Kansas City game just seems like a distant memory. I think Kevin Kolb and DeSean McCoy did a great job in their absence, but it will be nice to have Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook back in the lineup.

Here is a link to my preview of the top match ups in the NFC as posted on SportsBook List. Unlike last week's excitement, there really aren't any huge games in the NFC this week. The biggest would probably be Atlanta @ San Francisco, but that is even a stretch. Anyway here is the link

NFC Week Five Previews & Match Ups

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Week 5 Preview- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The following is my preview on the Eagles' opponent this week, Tampa Bay as recently posted on Bleeding Green Nation.

Given the fact that Tampa is 0-4 and has one of the worse offenses and defenses in the league, this Eagles should be able to chalk this one up in the win column.

If that is not enough, how about the fact that under Andy Reid, the Eagles are a perfect 10-0 after the bye week.

Still not convinced, well back from the walking wounded are Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook which in itself should add a spark to this team. Throw in the fact that Jeremiah Trotter is back in town and should be ready to go on Sunday, I see no possible way that Philly can lose this game.

Enjoy the Preview

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Friday, October 2, 2009

NFL Week 4-Match Ups

The following is a brief look at all the NFL week four match ups as posted on Cappers Picks.

With Eagles off this week it provides a good chance to take a look at some of the better teams in the NFC as well as the Bird's main competition in the NFC East.

Right now the Giants are the team to beat, but it is hard to believe they will even break a sweat against the Chiefs this week.

Dallas travels to Denver to play the 3-0 Broncos. As much as I would like to think that Brian Dawkins will lead their top ranked defense over the Cowboys, I just do not see that happening.

A Washington loss this week to a very bad Tampa Bay team would put Redskin head coach firmly on the hot seat with owner Dan Snyder. His job is probably already in jeopardy after last weeks embarrassing loss to Detroit

NFL Week 4 Match Ups

Thursday, October 1, 2009

NFC Match Ups of the Week

Week 4 is a bye week for the Eagles and it comes at a perfect time. Even though Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy filled in admirably, I would still rather see Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook in the starting line up. This gives them a chance to get healthy as they head into the meat of the season.

As far as this week here is a link to my preview of the top match ups in the NFC as posted on SportsBook List. The big game of the week will be on Monday night when the Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to play division rival Minnesota, with their ex quarterback Brett Favre behind center for the Vikings.

NFC Week Four Previews & Match Ups