The Eagles are bad. Yesterday, with the season and their coach’s job on the line, they could not get the job done. Michael Vick was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Despite not getting sacked, Vick was getting pounded by Dallas defenders. Nick Foles came in and played rather well. He went 22-for-32 with 219 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Eagles had a 17-10 lead in the third quarter before Tony Romo found Dez Bryant in the end zone with no time left in the quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys ran a punt back for a questionable touchdown (two separate blocks in the back went uncalled) to take a 24-17 lead. The Eagles would lose 38-23 to fall to 3-6 and a tie with the Redskins for last place in the NFC East. More here.
Over the weekend, all signs were pointing to Phil Jackson taking over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after they fired Mike Brown on Friday. This morning the Lakers went ahead and surprised everyone by hiring Mike D’Antoni. D’Antoni was the head coach of the Knicks last year before resigning in March. He coached Lakers point guard Steve Nash for five years in Phoenix and Nash won two MVP awards under D’Antoni. More here.
Everyone remembers November 16, 2008. It was the day that Donovan McNabb said that he did not know that NFL games could end in ties. The Eagles and Bengals tied 13-13 and it was the last time an NFL game ended in a tie until yesterday. The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams tied at 24-24 yesterday. The 49ers lost quarterback Alex Smith to a concussion in the first half. More here.
Around the NFC East:
The New York Giants were coming off their late loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Yesterday the Cincinnati Bengals welcomed the Giants to Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals wasted no time as Andy Dalton found WR A.J. Green wide open for a 56 yard touchdown pass just 2:26 into the game. They would strike again just 1:41 later when Andrew Hawkins found pay dirt. Overall, Eli Manning and the Giants struggled. Manning was 29-for-46 with 215 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, and four sacks. Dalton was 21-for-30 with four touchdowns. More here.