Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas, Hankkah, Kwanza, whatever you celebrate!!! Some good football helped get us through the parties at Aunt Margret’s house and it started with the Eagles beating the Giants on Thursday Night. And we still have the Cowboys and Lions tonight.
— Eagles obviously have just one game left in the season, a New Years Day match-up against the Cowboys, who have already clinched home field throughout the playoffs. We’ll see how the Cowboys handle using their starters, but I’m going to assume that the Eagles will be the favorites in the game.
— How important was Lane Johnson to the Eagles success this year?
via ESPN Stats & Info
With Thursday’s win against the Giants, Carson Wentz and the Eagles are now 4-1 when right tackle Lane Johnson plays this season. In the 10 games Johnson missed due to a PED suspension, Wentz’s Eagles went 2-8 and were much less efficient.
Some of that is just coincidental, but you saw just how much of a force Johnson can be, especially in the run game. For the most part, Johnson’s replacements did an adequate job (minus the 1st Redskins game) protecting Carson Wentz, but I think it’s pretty obvious the difference Johnson makes in the run game.
— Speaking of the run game, Ryan Matthews has a herniated disc in his neck that will require surgery and he won’t play against Dallas. Mathews was hurt on the third-down play, right before the fourth-down run on which he was stopped short of the goaline. Head Coach Doug Pederson labeled it a significant injury and with one year left on his contract, it probably will be the end of the line for Matthews, at least in Philadelphia. He has a 5 million dollar cap hit for 2017 and the Eagles could save 4 million by releasing him. He’s a productive back when he’s in the lineup and healthy, but he’s struggled to stay on the field.
That would leave Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall as the only two healthy running backs on the roster. Makes you wonder the strategy that Howie Roseman will use for the position heading into 2017. Does he look for a mid-level type free agent (like Matthews a few years ago), do they draft a running back earlier than expected, or do they go with the young guys that they have and continue to use Darren Sproles as the occasional top back? Will be interesting to how it’s all handled.
— Super Bowl hangover? The Panthers and Broncos will both miss the playoffs this season. For the Panthers, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise. No team in the past 43 seasons has lost the Super Bowl and come back to win it the next season. No losing team since the 1993 Bills have even made the SB in a season following a SB loss.
Both teams missing entirely missing the playoffs is a little bit of a shock. The Broncos were able to win last season despite less than average quarterback play, but the team wasn’t strong enough to win with the young players they had this season.
Knocking the Broncos out of the playoffs last night? Kansas City dominated Denver on Sunday Night Football. Reid even called a trick play with less than two minutes to go in the game, lining DT Dontari Poe in the wildcat on 3rd and goal from the two yard line. Poe faked a run and did a jump pass to Demetrius Harris in the end zone. At a listed weight of 346 pounds, Poe became the heaviest player to throw a touchdown pass in NFL history.
Guess Andy Reid hasn’t heard of Milton Berle https://t.co/iTLb8bosSI
— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) December 26, 2016
Big Red was feeling good after the game
We’ve written about the success Reid is having in Kansas City and it’s not a fluke. He plays in a tough division and without a great starting quarterback, but he just keeps winning games.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid gets his 172nd win, tied for 12th-most in NFL history (Bill Parcells)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2016
Andy Reid is 42-21 since leaving the Eagles.
The Eagles are 33-30 since Reid left.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) December 26, 2016
A lot of activity with the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last night, including the very romantic gesture of asking your woman to marry you at the game