Sunday, November 11, 2007

Eagles hang tough, and earn victory

The Philadelphia Eagles played tough into the second half and despite some plays that could have swung the game in the opposite direction for the birds, they came out on top in a must win for them.

The Eagles got on the board first with a Michael Westbrook 4 yard pass from Donovan McNabb in a drive that lasted 11 plays and saw the Eagles go 82 yards for their first score. The Redskins answered back with 2 TD passes to James Thrash, the really good ex-Eagle receiver, with the passes coming from Redskin quarterback Jason Campbell in the second quarter. A Redskins Field Goal from 23 yards out in the third quarter gave the Redskins a 15-7 lead and then LJ Smith caught his first TD pass of the year to keep the Eagles close. In the Fourth quarter the Redskins scored a touchdown and a field goal but the Eagles turned the offense on scoring three touchdowns in the final quarter. The Birds went for the two-point conversion a few times today, and missed it twice on a pass attempt both times.

So success for the Eagles today, who didn't get in trouble with the penalties this game only getting 5 penalties for 58 yards on the day. McNabb looked like a Pro Bowl candidate today with 4 td's and throwing for 251 yards. Brian Westbrook ran for 20 rushes and went 100 yards on the day. Westbrook had two receiving touchdowns and one rushing, so he finished with 3 TD's on the day which was a great perfomance. The Redskins took the loss at home at FedEx Field and they fall to third place in the NFC East and the Eagles hang tough still in the basement in the NFC East at 4-5.

Next week on Sunday they play the Miami Dolphins who haven't won a game all year yet. The 1 pm kickoff should see the Eagles at least an 8-10 point favorite in this one. The 0-9 Dolphins did lose heartbreakers the past two weeks, both of the scores were 13-10 and they lost those games to the Giants and the Bills. So, the Fins are still looking for the first win and the remain like a shark in the water looking for some blood. The Eagles should look past the Fins terrible record and know that this team is out for a win at any cost. Look for the Eagles to win here though if all of their success from the Redskin game follows back to Lincoln Financial Field for the 1 pm kickoff against the Dolphins.

Rich Baxter / Philly Sports Talk Now!

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