Vick Still Unable to Practice, Young Likely To Make Third Straight Start Thursday by Matt Lombardo

Michael Vick continues to suffer soreness from his two broken ribs and only threw on the side during Tuesday’s practice. with a short turnaround before the team’s game in Seattle on Thursday it appears that Vince Young will make his third consecutive start at quarterback. 

As the Eagles prepare to board a flight to Seattle tomorrow for Thursday night’s week 13 matchup, it appears likely that they will once again be forced to play without starting quarterback Michael Vick. Continue reading


Matt Lombardo Gives His Take on Eagles vs Patriots on 97.3 ESPN FM In South Jersey

Taking It To The House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo joins Mike Krenek and Joe Giglio on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey to weigh in on DeSean Jackson’s performance against the Patriots and Andy Reid’s future following Philadelphia’s 38-20 loss on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Philadelphia Eagles Wrap-up: Patriots Throttle Reid’s Reeling Squad

In a “Must Win” situation, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) came-up very small in a humiliating 38-20 home loss — have now lost 8 of their last 9 at the Linc — to the surging New England Patriots (8-3).  In the rather easy win, Tom Brady and company could do no wrong, while the Birds after an early lead couldn’t do anything right for the next 50 minutes of the game.  There were penalties, Patriots receivers running free, in-fighting, not enough touches for LeSean Mccoy, and most importantly several dropped passes — including two in the endzone by WR DeSean Jackson (benched).

Unfortunately for him, Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo was there to take in the ugly scene — Chants of “Reid Must Go” in the air — and he filed the following wrap-up report.

Listless Eagles Fall to Patriots As Season Slips Away by Matt Lombardo

In a season of frustration, the Eagles may have found a tipping point in Sunday afternoon’s 38-20 loss to the New England Patriots. After failing to convert on back-to-back plays inside the two-yard line in the third quarter, fans chanted “Fire Andy” over and over for the remainder of the game. 

With their season on the line Sunday against the Patriots, the undermanned Eagles needed to play a near-perfect game to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Those hopes were all but extinguished at the hands of the nearly flawless Patriots, like the last candle around the Thanksgiving table after all the turkey was consumed. Continue reading

Patriots-Eagles Preview: Another Must Win Situation by Lloyd Vance

CBS Sports video preview of the Eagles-Patriots game in Week 12

In a highly anticipated game, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) will further try to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive when they take-on the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (7-3) at Lincoln Field this Sunday.  The game will be the CBS featured afternoon match-up as a national viewing audience will be tuning in at 4:00 PM EST to see if the underdog undermanned Birds and their beleaguered head coach — Andy Reid fighting for possibly his job — can pull off a miracle. Continue reading

2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: November 23rd Practice

The Eagles returned to practice on Wednesday November 23rd and now they are focused on their next “Must-Win” game against the New England Patriots in Week 12 of the 2011 NFL Season.  With both the Thanksgiving holiday and the Patriots approaching, Taking It to the House’s Lead Writer Matt Lombardo returned to the team’s NovaCare Complex to get the pulse of the Birds as they prepare to face Belichick, Brady, and the rest of the AFC East-leading squad

 Matt’s 1-on-1 with emerging rookie LB Brian Rolle

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2011 NFL Week 11 Remix by Lloyd Vance

In the Week 11 Remix, the undefeated Green Packers (10-0) continued their march back to the playoffs and possibly a return trip to the Super Bowl, with a solid win over the pesky Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  One of the game’s biggest plays was QB Aaron Rodgers hitting emerging WR Jordy Nelson for a 40-yard game-clinching touchdown.

With only six weeks left in the NFL Season, the intensity has surely picked-up around the league.  With America’s holiday, Thanksgiving , upon us there are 24 teams with records ranging from 4-6 to 10-0 hoping to be thankful for one of the NFL’s 12 coveted playoff berths come this January.  But there is still is a lot of football left to be played and as shown by earlier season upsets  — Rams over the Saints and the Jaguars over the Ravens — nothing is guaranteed.  So every NFL team better be prepared weekly as the separation into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” continues. Continue reading