The sign read Lincoln Financial Field. But these weren't my Eagles. The team was wearing black, Joselio Hanson was being announced as a starter, and a real FB was on the active roster. Happy Thanksgiving, welcome to the Bizarro World...a.k.a. the world of Eagle opposites.
The Eagles aren't a running team. The Eagles don't call running plays or a balanced offensive attack. On this night it was a 50 / 50 split in the play calling. 4 players each notched over 20 yards, with Westbrook leading the way with 110 rushing yards. And if that wasn't enough the Eagles actually converted two 3rd and 1 on the ground, buy a local guy named Kyle Eckel.
The Eagles offense starts painfully slow. In bizzaro world the Eagles posted 10 first downs in the 1st quarter and scored 14 points. Donovan was accurate, the run game was the go to option in the play calling, and red zone offense was flawless.
The Eagles can't intercept the ball. In the last 4 games the Eagles had 1 total interception and that was with a healthy Samuel. In the 1st quarter alone the Eagles picked MVP Warner 2 times. Dawkins would later add another (tying the franchise record for career interceptions). Of course our new starter Hanson had one of the picks.
B-West continues to battle injury and the 2007 B-West we loved is shelved until 2009. What was in B-West's turkey? The old, game changer Westbrook was back. 4 Tds and 130 yards from scrimmage. The shakes, the breaking of tackles, and the speed were all there.
And in this bizzaro world the oddities continued all night. 3rd downs were converted with ease, McNabb was accurate, Booker played and was effective, the D held onto a lead, Akers nailed two FGs of at least 40 yards, Reid and DeSean chest bumped, and Kolb only appeared in mop-up duty.
A Thursday night game allowed Reid to showcase his ability to be the best Monday through Saturday coach in the business. Playoff hopes are slim, but still alive. One game at a time...4 games left in this bizarre season.