Sunday, September 18, 2005

Quarterback change!

It took a while, but both teams made changes at quarterback. Koy Detmer replaced Donovan McNabb at the beginning of the fourth quarter and the 49ers put in Alex Smith, the top pick in the 2005 NFL Draft late in fourth quarter.

Koy Detmer took advantage of his outing, going 9 for 9 for 94 yards.

Quarterback change?

With a 28-0 lead, the Eagles should think about getting Donovan McNabb out of the game and maybe the 49ers should think about putting in Alex Smith, the top pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Internet update

Eagles jump out fast, 21-0
By Bob Brookover
The Eagles held a 21-0 lead over the San Francisco 49ers early in the second quarter, thanks to three touchdown passes from Donovan McNabb, including two to Terrell Owens.
McNabb was 12 for 16 for 188 yards in the first quarter of the Eagles’ home opener at Lincoln Financial Field.
Under pressure, McNabb scrambled to his left and looked down field to find a wide-open Owens. McNabb hit T.O. in stride and the Eagles’ star receiver easily out ran cornerback Mike Adams on his way to the end zone.
T.O.’s first TD celebration of the season was vanilla, especially by his standards, but it did include a second connection with his quarterback. After crossing into the end zone, Owens simply placed the ball on the ground and jogged back toward McNabb, exchanging a reserved low five with his quarterback.
The Eagles went up 14-0 midway through the opening period when McNabb hit tight end L.J. Smith over the middle for a six-yard touchdown.
Just before the half, the Eagles squandered a chance to put more points on the board when David Akers’ 43-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright. It was Akers’ third missed field goal in four attempts this season.
With 11:50 remaining in the half, McNabb again found Owens on the left sideline for a 42-yard TD pass.
Owens had five catches for 143 and two TD in less than a half.

Akers woes

David Akers' problems continued in the first quarter today. Akers hit the left upright on a 43-yard field-goal attempt with 1:10 remaining.

In Monday night's game against Atlanta, Akers missed two 49-yard attempts before hitting a 44 yarder.

Make that 14-0

Donovan McNabb hit tight end L.J. Smith over the middle for a 6-yard touchdown pass and an Eagles 14-0 lead.

The drive was seven plays for 78 yards, including two passes to Terrell Owens for 29 yards.

Midway through the first quarter, McNabb is 7-for-9 for 134 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Owens had three catches for 97 yards.

Just like old times...

A scrambling Donovan McNabb hit Terrell Owens for a 68-yard touchdown pass and an early 7-0 lead. On third-down and 6 from 32, McNabb under pressure, ran to his left and found Owens who had gotten behind corner back Mike Adams. When Adams saw McNabb break, he committed to quarterback and let Owens go.

Phils' fever pitch

After the Phillies were swept by the Astros earlier this month, they were 2 1/2 games back in the National Leagues wild-card standings. Since then, the Phillies have gone 7-2 against the Marlins and Braves, yet are still a 1/2 game behind the Astros.

Go figure.

As they look at a possible sweep of the Marlins, they are scoreboard watching the Astros, who have had their way with the Brewers. With a night game tonight, the Phillies could find themselves no better than a 1/2 game back, but could be 1 1/2 back.

The bandwagon seems like it is full again and the faithful are bubbling over.

Check this out:

From Beer Leaguer:

Phils 10, Marlins 2: They're coming to get you
The Florida Marlins have been on the receiving end of a buzzsaw that started churning a week ago. Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett is next on the menu, the poor soul standing in the way of the fury the Phillies offense has unleashed upon the reckless Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils are showing all the right signs of a blessed September team, as they continue to seize every chance under the sun. I thought the Phils needed to be perfect this series. Instead, they’ve been perfectly opportunistic, and the Marlins have been sloppy with their bullpen and defense.

From Balls, Sticks, & Stuff

In today's matchup, Eude Brito of the Phillies takes on Josh Beckett of the Marlins. On paper, it looks like a mismatch, but after yesterday's improbable win, I think you have to at least have an open mind about the Phillies chances with Brito.

And if I can't sway you, can Tugger?

Ya Gotta Believe!

From PhilliesNation:

Jim, back away from the ball, you have to hear this.

That's what I said to Jim yesterday on the golf course when I found out what was going on in the ninth inning of yesterday's Phillies game. Throughout the day we were checking updates on my phone, it was 1-0 for a while, then I checked in the 8th, 2-0, damn! Two holes later I checked again to the tune of "There's no way the Phillies can come back in the ninth." And sure enough, I had to interrupt Jim in his approach to pass on the good news. I guess that's what happens when you leave Dontrelle in too long, maybe down the stretch those complete games don't come as easily as they do in April. But the best part of the game was how the Phils secured the victory against that scumbag, Todd Jones.

Several people on 610 immediately annointed this as the collapse game for the Marlins and the propulsion to the Wild Card game for the Phillies. They noted though, that the Phillies apparently lost one of these back-breaker games two weeks ago versus Houston. Yesterday's game was different for the obvious reason that it is two weeks later in the season with only two left to play. Of course the Marlins are still in it, a win by them today and they are only 1.5 games out. But even better would be to erase the ghosts of the 2003 season by sweeping the Marlins, winning the Wild Card, then winning the World Series. Yea, I said it - World Series!

So then the Inquirer gets on the Phillies-Marlins role reversal bandwagon in Jim Salsibury's article today. Sure the Phillies are on a little roll right now, but I don't think just because Jack McKeon makes a minor comparison between the teams that they are doppelgängers. These are two completely different teams, the Phils are built on offense and the Marlins on pitching. But it's not a big deal at the moment, since any analysis of this year's team is premature until the final day of the season. This could be a great Phillies team or just another one tossed in the garbage at the end of the year. Many things can still happen and just cause the Phillies are hot and beating the Marlins, doesn't mean Houston is relinquishing its half game lead on the Wild Card. All the Phils can do right now is worry about themselves and win every game they play. Yea, I said it, I'm talking about a 16 game winning streak to close out the season. I want this year's squad to finally put the 1964 team to rest. Go Phils!