2011 Philadelphia Eagles Notebook: December 20th Practice

Desperation will be in the air at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday as the Eagles (6-8) and Cowboys (6-8) renew their heated rivalry.  In preparation for the game, Taking It to the House’s Matt Lomabardo stopped by the Eagles’ Nova Care Complex on Tuesday December 20th and record this lockerroom interview footage

 

Eagles LB Brian Rolle talks about the challenge of facing the Cowboys

 

Eagles CB Joselio Hanson talks about the possibility of increased playing time due to Asante Samuel’s injured hamstring

Loss to Cardinals Could be the start of Another Cowboys Late Season Swoon by Lloyd Vance

Could the Dallas Cowboys improbable Week 13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals lead to another late season swoon? We know team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett sure hope not.

Week 13 of the 2011 NFL Season was not a good one for the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (7-5).  A purely winnable game turned into a devastating loss as the Arizona Cardinals (5-7) gladly took home a close 19-13 overtime home win.  While the Cowboys were left to wonder, “What If”.  The winning margin came quickly in OT as Cardinals reserve RB LaRod Stephens-Howling turned a short pass from QB Kevin Kolb into a dazzling darting 52-yard touchdown reception.  Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 13 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was this week’s game ball winner for his 200-yard rushing effort in a dominating win over the Cleveland Browns

The third quarter of the 2011 NFL Season is completed and there is not much time left for teams to either join the San Francisco 49ers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers in the playoffs or step aside.  I love this time of the year as desperation is in the air for everyone in the NFL with jobs and playoff berths both on the line in equal numbers.  After 13 weeks of NFL play, there are still the “Have’s” (7 teams with 8 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Green Bay Packers,12-0) and the “Have Nots” (10 teams with 4 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers). 

But a good portion of the league (15 teams) are still caught in the parity-laden middle with records ranging from 7-5 to 5-7 including former 2010 playoff teams – NY Jets (7-5), Atlanta Falcons (7-5), Chicago Bears (7-5), Seattle Seahawks (5-7), and KC Chiefs (5-7).  So with only four games remaining for teams there is little time left for the “Contenders” and “Pretenders” to sort themselves out — 10 playoff berths remaining. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 8 Remix by Lloyd Vance

In one of Week 8’s shockers, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in overtime on Monday Night Football. One of the stars of the MNF win and the Chiefs’ recent 4-game winning streak, that has put them at the top of the “wild” AFC West, is emerging RB Jackie Battle

(Philadelphia, Pa) — The midpoint of the 2011 NFL season is upon us and throughout the league there “should” be a pretty good understanding of who the “Contenders” and “Pretenders” are.  But with 9 more weeks of NFL action ahead of us, other than the Green Bay Packers (7-0) — who are vulnerable too — no one is very sure what is happening week to week in the topsy-turvy National Football League.  Parity is everywhere as there are 19 teams with winning records along with 14 teams bunched between records 3-4 and  5-3.  So buckle up as the second half the 2011 season is about to begin.

And here are some storylines that we will be following in the league’s second half:

  • Can  the Green Bay Packers go undefeated for the entire 2011 season and/or be the first team since Patriots in 2000-2001 to go to back-to-back Super Bowls
  • Can rookie quarterback Cam Newton continue his magic carpet ride towards the Rookie of the Year Award and possibly Peyton Manning’s rookie passing yardage record
  • Are the Steelers, Chiefs, and Eagles truly back after producing winning streaks after some “slow” starts
  • Could it be possible that the Indianapolis Colts will not win a game in 2011 and match the 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16)…. If that happens at least they will get Stanford QB Andrew Luck
  • Which coach currently on the hot seat (Dolphins Tony Sparano, Jaguars Jack Del Rio, Colts Jim Caldwell and others) will be the first one issued their pink slip
  • Will the Niners (6-1) have the NFC West wrapped up by Thanksgiving Continue reading

Taking It to the House: Eagles-Cowboys Wrap-up

After a huge Eagles 34-7 win over the Cowboys, Taking It to the House  Editor  Lloyd Vance and lead writer Matt Lombardo break it down from the field

Eagles Turn The Corner In Dominant Win Over Cowboys by Matt Lombardo

Behind back-to-back career games by LeSean McCoy, and strong play from Michael Vick, the Eagles have re-established themselves as a favorite in the NFC East and appear to be hitting their stride after a 1-4 start. 

The most optimistic of fans and even some players believed that the Eagles had found themselves in the second half of a week five loss to the Buffalo Bills. Any lingering doubts that the Eagles had turned a corner were put to rest in Sunday night’s 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Philadelphia has now won two in a row, both in pivotal NFC East division games, giving a renewed sense that this team can contend for a division title. It isn’t simply that they won those games, but the way in which they dismantled the Redskins and Cowboys with surgical precision that gives the impression that the Birds have salvaged their season after a woeful 1-4 start. Continue reading

Eagles Trounce Cowboys on Sunday Night Football by Lloyd Vance

It was pure dominance as the Eagles jumped back in the NFC East divisiional race with a rather “easy” 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys

In a total shocker, the Philadelphia Eagles took the “spurs” to the Dallas Cowboys in a dominating 34-7 win at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles marched down the field on their opening drive and never looked back as they improved to 3-4 and are now squarely in the mix of the NFC East race.

The Eagles now are 13-0 after a bye under coach Andy Reid and snapped a five-game home losing streak  that dated to last season.  The most impressive part for the Birds had to be their dominance of the statistical scoreboard.  Philadelphia racked up 495 total yards and held the ball for 42:09 — Dallas only held the ball for a little less than 18 minutes.  And most importantly zero turnovers.

After the game, Dallas owner Jerry Jones said in the lockerroom after the humbling loss, “We just got beat tonight in every facet of the game by a good football team”. 

The stars of the game for the Eagles were QB Michael Vick, who threw two touchdown passes, DE Jason Babin (2 sacks), and of course emerging RB LeSean McCoy — a career-best 185 yards rushing and two TD’s in the big win.

After the game, Taking It to the House’s Lloyd Vance caught-up with Eagles TE Clay Harbor and DE Trent Cole to discuss the Birds rather “easy” win.

Clay Harbor

Trent Cole

— Lloyd Vance