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Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 1:19 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The exuberance DeSean Jackson flashed after Philly's 30-27 victory in Dallas could only be matched by his enthusiasm after a 91-yard afterburner-filled touchdown catch and run that put the Eagles up for good. (Or the enthusiasm with which Tashard Choice approached Michael Vick for an autograph.)

"We gonna keep doin this till the wheels fall off, baby!" Jackson shouted to the camera during his on-field interview.

It was a stark contrast to the humility Vick displayed, giving credit to Jackson and blossoming running back LeSean McCoy who, once again, helped salt away a victory with a flurry of impressive fourth-quarter runs.

McCoy piled up big play after big play on the Eagles' final drive, finishing the fourth quarter with 66 yards on six carries, for a ridiculous 11.0 yards per carry. Not to mention, you know, a career-high, 149-yard rushing performance.

Jackson's day wasn't too shabby either -- 210 yards on just four catches and a touchdown -- and he showed again why he's one of the most dangerous receivers in the league.

"When he gets the ball in his hands, you better make sure you tackle him and tackle him with more than one guy," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "They threw to him eight times; he caught four and was awfully productive when he did."

Indeed he was. But that's nothing new for Philly, who's seen an awful lot of success this year on big plays. Their opening play, a 60-yard laser from Vick to Jackson set a similar tone to the Eagles' blowout win against the Redskins four weeks ago, even if the results weren't as definitively unproportional.

And that's what makes this Eagles' team so special (and possibly en route for a cannot-come-close-to-justifying-the
-hype potential matchup in Atlanta for the NFC Championship game), because they're impossible to matchup against, and they specialize in dropping big play bombs onto opponents that crush morale.

The Eagles followed Jackson's 91-yard teeter with an interception that absolutely sucked the life out of Cowboys Stadium and those sort of plays are why they're on track for a matchup in the ATL, even with a tough slate of games (@NYG, MIN, DAL) on the schedule to close out. 

There are still some issues with the defense, and the news that Stewart Bradley's likely to miss the rest of the regular season is devastating. The Eagles are also substantially better against the pass when Asante Samuel is healthy (Winston Justice's presence will help the run game too).

And anyone with an elite pass rush (hello, Cowboys, Bears, Giants) offers up the terrifying possibility that Vick could take a game- or season-ending shot. 

But with the explosiveness of the offense, the way the youngsters are gelling (despite some occasional bouts of, ahem, immaturity), the Eagles have firmly established themselves as not just a contender, but a team with the big-play power to knock just about anyone back on their heels at any moment.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:36 am

Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

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Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 3:00 am

Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

Saying De Sean Jackson blatantly taunted the D is so way off. He was just celebrating. You could *argue* excessive celebrating but this is what he does. He did it in college and will continue to do throughout his career. Plus I enjoy seeing different celebrations. Taunting is when u get up in there face, saying inappropriate words at the end of a great play and doing what T.O. did to the Cowboys in Dallas when he was with the 49ers at the 50 yrd line for the 2nd time after a TD. That was taunting the Cowboys but mostly the fans. I say let the players have a little fun.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:31 am

Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

Yea it was pretty obvious he was haha and I also think it might be Atl and Phi in the nfc championship game. I would like to see my Packers but things aren't looking good now Frown .

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:20 am

Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

Ha. Thanks, fixed. 
And yeah, I think you could *argue* that it shouldn't be a penalty, but he was blatantly taunting the defense.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:03 am

Young guns have Eagles wheeling for NFC run

with 66 carries on six carries, 
Lets edit this one more time lol and I heard the announcers say it shouldn't have been a penalty because he hadn't crossed the goal line oh well not like it mattered good game by both teams.

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