Oh 2,104 yards where have you gone?
2008 hasn't been 2007 for B-West. He is in the bottom third of the rushing leaders, can't seem to avoid the injury bug, and has disappeared in games when he is needed most. But the man does have something upstairs, VERY smart to get that extension signed in the off-season. A Villanova education...priceless!
There is still time for B-West to save his season and do a NY Giants punt return on the Eagles 2008 season. I wouldn't doubt him. But just in case B-West doesn't return to being B-West, well it's nice to have DeSean Jackson.
There have been some "rookie" moments for DeSean this season, but overall you just gotta say WOW! The kid is everywhere. First it was back to back 100 yard receiving games. Then it was returning a punt for six points. And now it is being a weapon in the backfield. Running the reverse, lining up in the wildcat formation, the kid is a blazer in the backfield.
In nine games DeSean has collected 973 yards from scrimmage. Not quite B-West of 2007, but pretty phenomenal for a 2nd round draft pick.
So maybe tomorrow is the week that Westbrook gets rolling and then finally stays rolling (the Bengals run defense does suck). A heavy dose of Westbrook and Buckhalter tomorrow. Get the RBs and the OL confident in the run game. Give the D a breather with time eating drives. A rested D equals a D that can stop the run. Use this game as a momentum builder, show the other teams that the Eagles too can play smash-mouth NFC East football.
A healthy #36, with the continued growth of #10 could actually equal 5 0r 6 wins down the stretch.
Tomorrow the Eagles get the first of those 5 or 6. Eagles 30 Bengals 17