No. 2 Syracuse rallied past No. 8 Villanova 78-62 Saturday in a battle of unbeatens.
LeSean “Shady” McCoy and Jason Peters are the Eagles’ representatives to the Pro Bowl.
Nick Foles doesn’t irritate easily. He’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of a guy, with a searing competitive streak lying just beneath his placid veneer. In other words, on game days, Foles wants to surgically rip your throat out with a smile.
Through it all, through those sloping gorges, the Eagles survived—and it seems—even thrived from those situations. It’s been that ability to rebound from adversity that’s been one of the stubborn staples in the success story of the 2013 Eagles.
It took nanoseconds for the Dallas talk to begin in the Eagles’ locker room soon after their 54-11 thrashing of the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
The last time the Eagles won 10 games was in 2010, which also marks the last time they won the NFC East title. The chances that the Eagles break the three-year drought of double-figure victories in a season and a division crown just became better with the news Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo could be out for the season with a back injury.
Chip Kelly received an impromptu visit from Santa Claus, an early Christmas wish to beat the Dallas Cowboys and the Eagles coach also spoke about the upcoming challenge of facing Tony Romo this Sunday for the NFC East title during his day-after press conference at the NovaCare Complex.
The Eagles got things right, Kelly made sure of that, in a thoroughly dominating 54-11 victory over the Bears.
For a second there, it was as if he was a wide-eyed freshman walking through the halls of St. Joseph’s Prep again. He was excited, emotionally invested and had no trouble proclaiming a special day for his alma mater.
John Reid was a maroon blur that seemingly came from nowhere. Neshaminy speedster D’Andre Pollard thought he had a clear path to the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown in the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals. Or so it looked.
Everyone had cleared out by then and it was just him, a solitary figure in the early morning chill picking up empty cardboard lunch boxes and toting armfuls of them over to a dumpster. Then he made one more inspection of the empty team bus and pulled out more debris. He missed nothing. He usually doesn’t.
All season long the thought was the same: Get to Hershey and win the state championship. All season long there were obstacles, some placed there on purpose, and others were there inadvertently.
If there wasn’t a Division I-AA level, or what today is called the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), who knows where Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Buck Buchanan would have wound up.
Chip Kelly was a little short with some answers, and addressed LeSean McCoy’s eight carries. He also spoke about Nick Foles’ inconsistency and the porous defense in the Eagles’ 48-30 loss to the Vikings on Sunday during his day-after press conference at the NovaCare Complex.
There were plenty of shocks this weekend during the PIAA state championships, but Southeastern Pennsylvania was represented extremely well in St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Wood.