LeSean McCoy is headed to Canton, or at least his game worn uniform is. McCoy was also nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors. Here's what they're saying about Shady and the rest of the Eagles.
The Eagles' Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears, the final regular season game of 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field, has been moved from a 1 PM EST kickoff to 8:30 PM EST and will be televised nationally on NBC's Sunday Night Football. The NFL officially announced the decision to flex the Eagles game on Tuesday.
The NFL was so impressed by LeSean McCoy's franchise-record 217-yard rushing effort in the snow, it asked him to take a drug test yesterday. Hey, the Hall of Fame got the jersey, cleats and gloves, maybe the league office wanted its souvenir in a cup.
Jimmy note: Good game, LeSean. Now pee in this cup.
This Lions fan had my sympathy until this part:
When he came to, sore and bruised, another Eagles fan was standing over him, offering help, he said. "He stayed with me and walked me toward SEPTA."
The man remembered the Good Samaritan being so disgusted over what he had witnessed that he took off his Eagles jersey and threw it in a trash can.
Jimmy note: I don't doubt that there were some ruffians about, but I highly doubt they picked out this one guy out of many wearing Lions gear, and just started throwing haymakers at him unprompted. There are always two sides to a story, and methinks this fan's account is extremely one-sided. As for the the part where the Good Samaritan threw his jersey in the trash... Paaaaa-lease. Did the Lions fan also fall down the stairs and have his shoes fall off?
LeSean McCoy was good throughout, but obviously exploded in the fourth quarter on his way to a franchise record 217 yards. McCoy made safety Louis Delmas look silly and then broke the cornerback's tackle on the 40-yard touchdown run. The 57-yard score was relatively "easy" in comparison. He made a great one-on-one move at the line of scrimmage on the 26-yard gain in the fourth. But if ever there were any doubt that Kelly is a perfectionist (especially when it comes to the run game), here's what he said about that play.
"There were plays that LeSean made… LeSean made one big run. He could have had a 70‑yard run," Kelly said. "He cut back to it and got tackled by [Ndamukong] Suh and the defensive linemen. If he had broken to his left, he might have had another one. Those are things we're continuing to work on."
Fletcher Cox wins the award for most contributions that won't show up on the stat sheet. He was credited with three tackles, but was active the entire game. Cox and Bennie Loganhelped blow up a Bell run for no gain in the second. And Cox burst past the opposing offensive lineman in the third, disrupting a Bell run that only picked up 1. It looked like he deflected aMatthew Stafford pass on third down in the third as well. Billy Davis appeared to be going with less of a two-gap scheme in the second half because of the conditions. That allowed Cox to fire off the ball and be disruptive on a number of occasions.
This Eagles team is not the 2012 Skins. That group started 3-6 before winning the final 7 games of the season. 5 of those wins came against NFC East teams. I don't think I need to remind you how bad the division was last year. The Skins got hot at the right time. They still had an awful defense. They still had an OL that struggled to pass block. That team was a fluke.
Before the season I predicted 8 or 9 wins. I saw a good coach, enough talent for him to work with and a soft schedule. I did not envision the offense doing amazing things. I did not envision the defense going 9 straight games without allowing an opponent to score 21 points. Chip Kelly and his staff have done an amazing job.
Time will tell us just how good the Eagles truly are, but I do think it is time to accept the fact that this is a good team.
A Vikings source tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport there's a "glimmer of hope" that Peterson plays this week, though the running back was sore and in a precautionary walking boot Monday. The team will have a better idea of Peterson's status when he tries to run Wednesday or Thursday.
RBs aren't like QBs, who you always want to get more reps and more throws. In fact, the numbers suggest that if you give a RB 400+ touches in a year, you'll probably ruin him. If the Vikings want Peterson to be a viable contributor when they're a viable team again, it would probably be wise to give him not only this weekend off but the rest of this year.
Jimmy note: Agree here. There's really nothing whatsoever for the Vikings to gain by playing Peterson does in fact sit it out, the Eagles will have missed Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, and DeMarcus Ware, all arguably top 10-20 players in the NFL.
Photographer Al Tielemans didn't bargain for a blizzard when he went to Philly to shoot Lions-Eagles. But poor conditions can sometimes offer rich results
Jimmy note: Also check out 100 photos from the Eagles' website. Great stuff in the snow.
The Eagles made history in a few ways on Sunday. LeSean McCoy set a new team record with 217 rushing yards, while the team tied another franchise mark with 28 points in the fourth quarter. Along with those new records, the Eagles and Lions teamed up for another astonishing accomplishment. The matchup between Philadelphia and Detroit on Sunday was the first game in 56 years to not feature a successful field goal or extra point attempt.
LeSean McCoy has been nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week following his record-setting rushing performance in the snow against the Lions Sunday.
McCoy has already received the weekly honor that goes to the NFL's top running back each week four times in his five-year career.