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Eagles Destroy Broncos: The Morning After


Good morning campers,Veteran's Day


Right off the bat I want to say Thank You to all veterans. This coming Saturday is Veterans Day, but in reality, every day should be Veterans Day. Our 16th President perhaps said it best:


"For it has been said, all that a man hath will he give for his life; and while all contribute of their substance the soldier puts his life at stake, and often yields it up in his country's cause. The highest merit, then is due to the soldier."


I realize a simple Thank You may not mean much to a veteran you know, but something tells me they will appreciate it. So when you see a veteran, regardless of what day it is, just say 'thank you.'


Ok, let's get to getting to all the non-serious stuff: AKA the Philadelphia Eagles.


*Carson's Cadence: I don't know of the exact count, but Carson Wentz drew at least four penalties on the Broncos’ defense with his cadence/hard count yesterday. Even Nick Foles got into the fun, drawing one himself.



*A Bronc & A Hard Place: On one hand, you have to feel for Broncos’ GM John Elway what with the pure dreck he has at QB. On the other hand, it was of his own doing. Of course, the way this Eagles D is playing, it's hard for ANY quarterback to fare well.


*Just A Touch of Jay: Well how about that for an opening act by new Eagles RB Jay Ajayi? I think DP and staff did a good job easing him, using him as a decoy and so on early in the game, before he exploded for a 46-yard TD run. Not sure of the final numbers, but he and LeGarrette Blount had around the same number of touches for the game. Yes, it's only one game, kids, but an already powerful Eagles offense just got even scarier.


*C Squared: Time to show some love for Eagles rookie RB Corey Clement. An undrafted rookie, Clement hit paydirt three times yesterday, which surely sent fantasy football owners around the country scrambling to see if he was still available in the respective leagues. The kid can play. Period.


*Commercial Break: Did anyone else catch the Survivor promo during the game? There may have been more than one, but one in particular included this ominous line from one of the contestants: "If we don't get food soon, we'll die," with the obligatory doomsday music playing in the background. Now does CBS truly believe ANYONE actually thinks someone on this show - it's a SHOW kids, would actually die, or even come close to it by starving to death? Right off camera is the catering truck with a table full of the finest meats and cheeses for crissakes! Give the viewers (AKA: us humans) some credit, CBS.


*This Eagle Was A Cuckoo Bird: Was it me, or was CBS play-by-play man Ian Eagle babbling almost incoherently at times during the game? Did you catch the part after the Eagles scored their last TD? When he referred to it as a "50 burger”? Um, ok Ian, if you say so. Earlier, he seemed incredulous as to why the Eagles would call a timeout late in the first half, while forcing a 3 & out by the Broncos to force a punt. Later, he almost wistfully brought up the fact that Carson Wentz was only 5'8" in high school. Yes, I realize the game was a blowout by then— hence announcers need to fill air time with whatever they can get their hands on. But this?


*Is there ANYTHING Carson Wentz Can't Do? Hell, the man ran the option to perfection for crying out loud. If he is not the NFL's first half MVP, I truly don't know who is. This kid - and I have to remind myself he is still a kid, is nothing short of incredible in his ability to seemingly always be in total control of any situation. And now that he has yet another weapon in Ajayi, he gets even more scary for opposing defenses.


*Yes, Doug Pederson would get my vote for Coach of the Year for the first half, too, which would shock some people who think I am too harsh on him—despite the gaudy start. Overall, he has done a remarkable job and has a great staff working with him. But...you knew there was a but coming...I would be remiss if I didn't bring up some peculiar play calling—particularly the decision to call a pass play on a 3rd & 6, with the score clearly lopsided and your backup QB in as well. The resulting play, of course, was a sack, forced fumble and Broncos TD. Of course, it had no effect on the outcome of the game, but why call the play in the first place? Some might say I am being too picky, but I don't think so. Ok, now fire off the missive that I am Negadelphia personified. I can take it.


*The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 with the best record in the entire National Football League. There's not a soul among you all who predicted this and if you say you did, shut up, cause you didn't. Despite evidence to the contrary, I am enjoying this ride. I truly am. Maybe it's because I'm not accustomed to be sitting in this lofty perch as an Eagles fan, or maybe it's because I know the Eagles have not won anything yet. But it feels pretty damn good to be on this end of the spectrum for a change, with the national media salivating over the Eagles and the potential they have. Not sure where this ride will end up, as none of of us do. Let's just enjoy the ride.



As always,


Time's yours.


Food's mine.


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