A meaningless game vs. Cowboys?
We had to wait a bit this year. The first clash with the hated guys with the stars on their helmets wasn’t set until Dec. 12. The Eagles won that Sunday night battle behind Michael Vick.
Round II occurs Sunday. Ho-hum.
Can anyone remember an Eagles-Dallas matchup with less fanfare than this one?
Courtesy of their feeble effort in the snow-delayed Tuesday night game vs. the Vikings, the Eagles have absolutely nothing to play for in the 4:15 national TV game against the Cowboys. Of course the Cowboys haven’t had anything to play for in a couple of months as they play out the string on their miserable season. That wailing and gnashing of teeth you hear is coming from the executive suite at Fox, where no doubt they are less than thrilled at the prospect of seeking Kevin Kolb back at quarterback for the Birds.
Andy Reid hasn’t made it official, but all appearances are that Vick and many other Eagles regulars will get a “bye” week after all, sitting out the Cowboys game as the Birds await a date in the playoffs either the following Saturday or Sunday.
Here are a couple of random observations: What do you think the over-under will be on the number of empty seats at the Linc? I make it at about 15,000.
And talk about irony. The Eagles will finish the season with the same starting quarterback as they had back on opening day. Kevin Kolb will likely take most of the snaps, finishing off a season in which he went from starter and the new face of the franchise to backup in the blink of an eye.
Packers’ linebacker Clay Matthews bounced Kolb’s head off the turf in that opener. Kolb suffered a concussion, and that opened the door to the Michael Vick era. We know the rest.
The Eagles just might get a chance to repay Matthew and the Pack next weekend. They’re the Birds’ likely playoff opponent, but don’t look for Kolb to be under center.
This is now Michael Vick’s team. And they will go as far as his arm and legs carry them.
A least he’ll be doing it with a week’s rest.
How ‘bout dem Cowboys? How ‘bout a meaningless regular season finale.
It’s enough to put a wrinkle on that perfect face of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.