Week 8 Viewer's Guide: What to watch in Giants-Eagles, more
Neither one of these presumptive Super Bowl contenders is playing very good football right now. The Giants followed their somewhat acceptable loss to the New Orleans Saints with an uninspired defeat at home against the Arizona Cardinals, causing genuine concern in the Big Apple. The Eagles somehow lost to the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago before beating the Redskins on Monday night thanks to some Washington miscues and a couple of big plays by speedster
The G-Men still have a score to settle with the Birds thanks to their playoff loss last January, but to get retribution they need to get back to their dominating ways up front on both sides of the football. The New York defensive line, once thought to be the deepest and best unit in the league, needs to get back to harassing quarterbacks, starting this week with
On the other side, the Giants well-regarded offensive line has not been as efficient the past two games as in recent years. This group should still feel the sting of those two short-yardage plays from last year's postseason when Eagles tackles
I'm more than a little excited to go to Lambeau Field on Sunday to call this game for SportsUSA Radio. Is it bad that I'm actually more interested in how
Much has been made of the way
The Falcons secondary couldn't contain Cowboys wideout
That's why the Falcons best chance in this game is to get back to their roots and establish
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I understand where you are coming from, but I think the mark of a good business owner or CEO is the ability to hire and delegate effectively. In other words, it is important that some of the owners who are heavily involved with the football operations of their teams recognize what it is that they don't know. Just because you are an oil tycoon or a marketing maven does not mean you know how to evaluate offensive guards.
That's an interesting observation, though I don't really understand how a television shot showing
There is usually nothing said when a player commits a penalty because typically he already feels bad about it himself and there is no need to rub salt in the wounds. Pro football is a very individual business, so guys are mostly concerned with taking care of their individual responsibilities. That said, if it were a chronic thing, one of the leaders of the team would probably step in and say something to the individual.
It depends on the team, but the better organizations, like the Patriots, study the different officiating crews and give the players a full report during the week on what that crews' tendencies are so that players know what to expect in the game. The
I don't think players hate it, but there is no doubt the preference is to stay at home to avoid the travel and have the home crowd's support. The only thing really different about a road game is the crowd noise and the impact that can have on the offense.
Yes, he does. In fact, I had two bye weeks in 2002 after I was released by Washington and picked up on waivers by Dallas, which was pretty cool.