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


Eagles Practice Notebook Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins 12/7


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

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

The Case For Vince Young Against Patriots by Matt Lombardo

Vince Young made his first start in exactly a year on Sunday,  in relief of Michael Vick, and led an 18- play 80-yard game winning drive in the process. Young earned a second start,  if Vick’s ribs leave him unable to play for the second week in a row.

There is no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

Andy Reid made that abundantly clear at his weekly press conference on Monday. As fas as the coach is concerned, Michael Vick is the quarterback of this football team. That is, when he is fully recovered from two broken ribs — suffered against the Cardinals in Week 10  — that left him sidelined against the NY Giants on Sunday night. Continue reading

Can Tim Tebow Become the NFL’s First Successful Run-First Quarterback in Decades by Lloyd Vance

Can Tim Tebow lead the Denver Broncos to an AFC West divisional crown by doing it the, “Steve Grogan” way, i.e.  running the football

In tonight’s NFL Network Thursday Night Football Game between the New York Jets (5-4) and the host Denver Broncos (4-5), a national television audience will be exposed to a new breed of quarterback.  At a time where National Football League quarterbacks are feasting on some unprepared defenses for 400-yard passing performances – mostly due to the lack of overall practice time during the offseason’s lockout – the Broncos have decided to go in an entirely different direction. Continue reading

Nightmare continues for Eagles in a bad home loss to the Cardinals by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals receiver Early Doucet scores the game-winning touchdown in Arizona’s 21-17 win in Philadelphia.  The 3rd-and-goal play typified the game — and their season thus far — as the Eagles had a chance to stop him short of the goalline and couldn’t produce the needed tackle

In a “Dream” Season, that has quickly become a nightmare for the Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) , the Birds lost another 4th quarter lead and very well their entire season in a 21-17 home defeat to the Arizona Cardinals (3-6).  Going into this “trap” game, the slogan for the Eagles was simple, it was a “Must Win” situation – like it seems every game this season has been.  Continue reading

Bears Defeat Eagles in a Close Monday Night Football Game by Lloyd Vance

The Eagles had a tough time keeping up with Bears receiver Earl Bennett in their close 30-24 loss to Chicago

(PHILADELPHIA,PA) – In a “Must Win” game of two teams staring up at division leaders with big head-starts, the Chicago Bears seized a golden opportunity in a thrilling 30-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.  The city of thePhiladelphiawas abuzz as Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, John Gruden came to town looking for a good national game and they definitely got one.

In a back-and-forth game, the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler led his team on a fourth quarter long 57-yard drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown throw to his favorite target Earl Bennett.  Continue reading