Cowboys-Eagles face-off in Desperation Bowl by Lloyd Vance

Dallas Cowboys stadium will surely be rocking on Christmas Eve as the Cowboys and Eagles square-off in a “Desperation Bowl” with huge playoff implications.  Back in Week 8, the Eagles romped over the Cowboys 34-7

Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6), Saturday December 24th, 4:15 PM ET on FOX

Broadcast Team: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver

The 102nd meeting of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will be one of the bigger games in the second-to-last week of the 2011 NFL regular season.  Both the Eagles and the NFC East division-leading Cowboys will be looking to further clear-up the NFC’s muddled playoff picture by coming away with a win in a sure-fire “Desperation Bowl”.  Of course the stage for this game could be already set after the New York Giants (7-7) face the New York Jets (8-6) meet in the1:00 PM ETslot.  The Cowboys and Giants have been locked in a season-long battle for the NFC East crown and if the G-Men are able to pull off a win versus their in-stadium rival, then both Dallas and Philadelphia will experience different feelings heading into their rivalry game.  If the Giants win at1 PM, then the Eagles will be eliminated from playoff contention and the Cowboys win or lose will have to prepare themselves for an “All or Nothing” game in Week 17 against the Giants.

For what it is worth, my gut is telling me that the NY Jets seem to be riding a much stronger sense of momentum than the NY Giants – have lost 5 of their last 6 games – so it would not shock me if the Eagles-Cowboys game really will still matter come 4:15 PM ET.  Continue reading

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Despite Win, Eagles Need Change by Matt Lombardo

Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie will have plenty of difficult decisions to make after a disappointing season concludes for his team. Sunday’s win over the Dolphins keeps the Birds mathematically alive for the playoffs, but the question needs to be asked; After a season of high hopes and expectations, is a strong finish good enough? 

When the obituary of this dreadful Philadelphia Eagles season is published, the Eagles would like for Sunday’s win over the now 4-9 Miami Dolphins to be the accompanying photo. That simply cannot be the case.

Granted, Sunday was the most complete effort in a season of inconsistent or worse performances from an Eagles team that has fallen woefully short of preseason expectations, but it simply can’t stand as the benchmark for this season. As encouraging as a 26-10 win that produced two LeSean McCoy touchdowns, three forced turnovers on defense and a cleaner game in the penalty department is, the realization needs to be that this performance came against the Matt Moore led Dolphins, a far cry from the Dan Marino Fish of years gone by. Continue reading

Eagles Practice Notebook Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins 12/7

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Taking It To The House lead writer Matt Lombardo was on the scene at Novacare on Wednesday as the Eagles began preparation for their week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins. As the season comes down the home stretch, the Eagles are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs at 4-8, but the pressure is mounting on Head Coach Andy Reid who was forced to address questions about his job security next season. Reid flatly denied reports that the Front Office gave him an ultimatum to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season.

 Eagles Running Back Ronnie Brown
Ronnie Brown talks about what it will be like to return to Sun Life Stadium for the first time as a visitor.
Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick
Michael Vick talks about what to expect on Sunday in Miami, as well as it marking his first start in three games after suffering two broken ribs.
Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney
Jamar Chaney talks about the matchup problems presented by the Miami Dolphins and their offense that is suddenly high powered behind quarterback Matt Moore and running back Reggie Bush. Chaney also acknowledged the defense’s inconsistencies this season as a contributing factor to the team’s 4-8 record.

Matt Lombardo is the Lead Writer for Taking It To The House. Matt is also the  Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter and a host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL or by Email atMDLombardo@yahoo.com

Andy Reid Flatly Denies Reportedly Being Asked To Fire Juan Castillo by Matt Lombardo

Despite reports that Andy Reid was told to fire Juan Castillo in order to save his own job next season, the Head Coach says that conversation never took place. 

Reports surfaced early this week that the Eagles front office approached Andy Reid with a mandate to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in order to secure that he would return as the Head Coach in 2012. On Wednesday at the Novacare Complex, Reid was asked about the report and adamantly denied such a conversation took place. Continue reading

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

Philadelphia Eagles face the Seattle Seahawks in a Lackluster Match-up

CBS Sports video preview of the Eagles-Seahawks game in Week 13

I am sure this is not what NFL Network was thinking when they saw two former 2010 division winning playoff teams on the schedule for a late-season Thursday Night match-up.  But this is what they are left with…. In a game that features two very inconsitent teams, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)  will try to pull their season back from life support when they take-on the equally disappointing Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.  It will be interesting to see if the undermanned Birds and their beleaguered head coach — Andy Reid fighting for possibly his job — can find a way to get a much-need “W”. Continue reading

2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: Nov 29th Practice

With their playoff hopes a minimal spark, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) head to Seattle for a huge Thursday Night Football Game against the equally inconsistent Seahawks (4-7).  Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo stopped by Eagles Practice on Tuesday November 29th and filed this report.