2011 NFL Week 15 Remix by Lloyd Vance

 In a week full of upsets around the National Football League, none was bigger than Romeo Crennel’s Kansas City Chiefs handing the Green Bay Packers (13-1) their first loss of the season in a 19-14 win at Arrowhead Stadium

(Philadelphia, PA) — Week 15 of the 92nd NFL Season is in the books and even though the NFL’s slogan for the 2011 season is “Back to Football”, it should really be “This is One Wacky Season!!” From week to week fans have no idea where the next upset, game-winning field goal, or team entering/leaving the playoff race will come from next.  Remember what former Colts head coach Tony Dungy said about professional football this time of the year, “NFL football is really still about November and December”.

This week brought many upsets (7 teams with losing records beating teams with winning records); the surprising end of perfection (Chiefs shocked the formerly undefeated Green Bay Packers); thankfully the ending of an ugly winless streak (Colts finally got a win as quarterback Dan Orlovsky and WR Reggie Wayne led the way), playoff clinching moments (Steelers, Ravens, and Saints); Patriots finally muzzling Tebow Mania (Brady showed the youngster what a veteran superstar looks like); and some teams staying alive with playoff hopes in their eyes (Eagles, Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals). Continue reading

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End Days Have Arrived For Andy Reid Regime by Matt Lombardo

Following Thursday Night’s 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles are now 4-8 and in last place in the NFC East. Much like the ends of the Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes eras, this season increasingly has the feel of Andy Reid’s last.

As the death knell begins to ring louder on this Eagles team with each passing loss in the final weeks of this nightmarish season, there is one thing that’s never been more evident: these are the end days of the Andy Reid era.

Regardless of whether or not Owner Jeffery Lurie actually pulls the proverbial plug on the 13-year Reid regime, this is a coach that has lost his locker room and who’s errors in judgment more than justify his dismissal. Continue reading

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

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

Eagles Stay Alive After Defense and Young-Led Win Over Giants by Matt Lombardo

Vince Young made his first start of the season for the Eagles and led the offense on it’s longest drive since 2002 to seal a 17-10 win over the Giants.

Last week the much maligned Eagles defense blew their fifth fourth quarter lead of the season, squandering a sure win against the Arizona Cardinals. Then, last night coordinator Juan Castillo’s unit righted the ship and punished Eli Manning and the Giants offense, leading Philadelphia to a 17-10 win at Met Life Stadium. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 10 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is Taking It to the House’s Week 10 Game Ball award winner for his huge day in Arizona’s comeback win over the Eagles

With only 7 games left to be played for 28 of the league’s 32 teams, there is much more separation left to do within the NFL’s standings before January’s playoffs.  There are still the “Have’s” (5 teams with 7 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Packers 9-0) and the “Have Nots” (11 teams with 3 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers).  But the majority of the NFL (16 teams) are still playing within former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s parity dream section. 

With records ranging from 6-3 to 4-5 including 6 Teams with a record of 5-4 — Bills, NY Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Titans, and Raiders that need to figure out if they are “Contenders” or “Pretenders” in the upcoming weeks.  There are 12 covet playoff spots up for grabs and you have to expect that some teams will soon be giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday for their opportunity in the playoffs. Continue reading

Taking It to the House Eagles-Bears Post Game Wrapup

Taking It To The House Senior Editor Lloyd Vance and Lead Writer Matt Lombardo recap the Eagles 30-24 loss to the Bears from Lincoln Financial Field.