The Eagles were in Phoenix, AZ yesterday to take on the 2-0 Cardinals. Last year, the Cardinals came into Lincoln Financial Field and stole a game from the Eagles as Valley Forge Military Academy alumnae Larry Fitzgerald has his way with the Eagles defensive backs, in particular Jaiquawn Jarrett. Yesterday was not nearly as close. The Cardinals, led by former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, controlled the game from the very beginning. Fitzgerald, who entered the game with just five catches on the year, had nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles could not even find the end zone as Michael Vick was sacked five times and hit 20 times. The Cardinals won 27-6 and the Eagles looked ahead to next week as the New York Giants come into the Linc Sunday at 8:20 pm. More here.
The Phillies also played yesterday hoping to hang onto their slim playoff chances. Unfortunately, Braves starter Tim Hudson was not cooperating as he went 7.1 innings allowing just two hits and one unearned run. The Phillies offense could not get anything going as they fell to the Braves 2-1. Combined with the Cardinals win, the Phillies are now five games back with nine games left. More here.
The Sunday Night Football matchup was everything it was hyped up to be as it was a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game. The Ravens and Patriots squared off in Baltimore and the Ravens entered the game with heavy hearts. The 19 year old brother of WR Torrey Smith was killed early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident. Smith played last night and pulled in two touchdowns for the Ravens in a 31-30 win as the Ravens kicked a controversial game-winning field goal as time expired. Something to watch coming from this game was how the league handles Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbing an official after the game. More here.
Around the NFC East:
On Thursday night, the New York Giants were down in Charlotte taking on the Carolina Panthers. The Giants took it to the Panthers using their backups. RB Andre Brown ran 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Giants WR Ramses Barden had nine catches for 138 yards. Eli Manning led the Giants over Cam Newton and the Panthers 36-7. The Giants, like the Eagles, are now 2-1. More here.
The Dallas Cowboys took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their home opener. It was a defensive battle that led to Tony Romo getting sacked four times but the Cowboys, who led 10-7 at half, pulled out a close 16-10 victory over the Bucs to push their record to 2-1. More here.
The Washington Redskins, who stunned the Saints in Week 1, entered yesterday’s game with the Bengals at 1-1. QB Robert Griffin III threw for 221 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 85 yards and a score but that wasn’t enough to top the Bengals, who got 328 yards and three touchdowns from their quarterback, Andy Dalton. The Bengals won 38-31 top drop the Redskins to 1-2. More here.