There was a lot of good yesterday… and a lot of bad.
The Eagles somehow fought off 78 turnovers, head-scratching decisions, and King Dunlap (and his mates) to beat the Ravens at home on another fourth quarter comeback. It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles come out of the first two weeks with a 2-0 record.
The Eagles had 78 turnovers, continued to make head-scratching decisions, and King Dunlap (and his mates).
Injuries to Jason Kelce, Jeremy Maclin, and Dunlap.
The Phillies, who dropped three of four to Houston (I told you to be worried about that series) and, with a Cardinals win, are now four games out of the #FifthandFinal Wild Card spot.
Let's hit it.
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– Michael Vick's game-winning touchdown, from section 136.
via reader Andrew
– Jason Kelce may be done for the season with a torn ACL:
– Marcus Hayes continues to write ridiculous sonets in the form of melodramatic one-sentence paragraph laden nonsense. This one, about a backup offensive lineman:
Reynolds replaced Kelce with 11 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the third quarter. The Eagles trailed the Ravens and their mythically potent defense by 10 points. When Kelce's right knee buckled, they lost their best lineman; certainly, their most valuable.
Two plays after Kelce left, perhaps for the season, the Eagles scored a touchdown.
They then drove 60 yards on 11 plays to tie it.
They went 80 yards on 10 plays in the fourth quarter to win it.
What could have been a disaster turned into "a real good story," said head coach Andy Reid.
The Eagles have their Eliza Doolittle.
Or, perhaps more accurately, their Larry Moore.
Like Reynolds, Moore was an undrafted interior lineman out of Brigham Young University. Against all odds, Moore played in eight NFL seasons.
Know who else was a lineman at BYU?
So, yes, Big Red has a soft spot for 28-year-old first-year player Dallas Reynolds.
You should be offended.
– Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco did not have very kind things to say about Ryan Howard. Somewhere, SABR nerds are stroking themselves to what you are about to read: [Philly.com]
"Howard, for me, was struggling the first couple days and wasn't even getting a good swing," DeFrancesco said, "and if I was going to have somebody beat me, it was going to be Howard."
– This couple had sex in a Yankee Stadium stall. Caution: NSFW, male ass, and chubby legs. [Deadspin]
– The NFL removed a replacement official from the Saints game yesterday… because he’s a big-time Saints fan: [ESPN]
The NFL was unaware of Stropolo's open allegiance as a Saints fan until ESPN contacted the league Sunday morning.
Stropolo, who is from New Orleans area and lists himself on Facebook as an NFL side judge, posted pictures of himself in Saints gear tailgating at an Aug. 25 preseason game. Stropolo did not work the game against the Texans, but he was assigned to Sunday's game in Carolina. There were several photos of Stropolo in Saints gear on his Facebook page.
– Michael Vick broke down on the CBS pre-game show when asked about the pressure facing the Eagles. [CBS]
– DeSean Jackson weighed in post-game, on Twitter:
– Brent Celek was likely doing the first down signal in his dreams last night. Celek also hurdled Ed Reed.
– Finally, here's video of Joe Flacco whining about the – admittedly horrible – replacement officials.
"He didn’t even throw a flag. He threw a blue beanie."