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Eagles quickly become the “it” team

If you missed any of Philly’s 59-28 thrashing of the Redskins on Monday night, you can see them take on the Giants in five days, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

The game, which was originally scheduled for that spot and not flexed out of it in the first week of this year’s flex scheduling, instantly has become the game of the week, with all due respect to the Colts and the Patriots.

And the Eagles have become the team of the moment.  The Bears already have announced that their November 28 home game against the Eagles has been shifted from a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff to a 4:15 p.m. ET start, making it the centerpiece of FOX’s national doubleheader.

Four days later, the Eagles host the Texans on NFLN’s Thursday Night Football.  The Eagles next travel to Dallas for another appearance on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which if they keep doing what they’re doing likely won’t be shifted out of the prime-time spot.

Next up, a rematch with the Giants, which comes on a CBS doubleheader weekend (Jets at Steelers in the 4:15 p.m. ET slot) that also features Packers at Patriots on NBC in prime time.

Vikings at Eagles the following week could be shifted to Sunday night, given that the current night-after-Christmas game is Chargers at Bengals.

Finally, in Week 17, the Cowboys-Eagles rematch could be destined for prime time.

Either way, expect to see a lot of the Eagles in November and December.  Given the way they’re playing, expect to see plenty of the Eagles deep into January, too.

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47 Responses to “Eagles quickly become the “it” team”
  1. geemoney713 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:44 AM

    This has nothing to do with the Eagles. Yes, they have a fast receiver in Jackson, but this wouldn’t happen without Vick. He’s a one man team.

    31 teams made huge mistakes by not grabbing him a year and a half ago when he became available. The Eagles are just benefiting from a one of a kind one man football team.

  2. pedsaregoodforsports says: Nov 16, 2010 9:45 AM

    Man, thats a tough schedule. One game at a time fellas.

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 16, 2010 9:47 AM

    The combo of Vick’s ability to move and the play calling looked unstoppable – or were the Redskins just that bad?
    Lets see if the Eagles can continue to execute.

  4. pedsaregoodforsports says: Nov 16, 2010 9:53 AM

    @gee

    I dont think Vick would be nearly as good as he has been with the Eagles with another team. The Eagles have worked with him and improved him as a QB DRASTICALLY. His mechanics, footwork, and football IQ has gone through the roof. And he didnt learn that in Leavenworth. He ahs helped the Eagles, no doubt. But the Eagles have helped him just as much if not more.

    PAY THE MAN.

  5. realitypolice says: Nov 16, 2010 9:54 AM

    Anyone who has followed the Eagles over the years can feel the letdown coming.

    Maybe not this year with Number 5 off in DC gacking up games for someone else.

    But don’t be shocked if the Birds put up a clunker in the next couple weeks. Just seems to be their way.

  6. nps6724 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:54 AM

    And when they lose, we’ll be on to the next team that can’t be beat. Until they are.

  7. pigskin28 says: Nov 16, 2010 9:57 AM

    Am sure you are already thinking of doing your Glory- to- jail- to -Glory piece on Vick , florio. Please save it for when he starts tearing it up in the Playoffs.

    And treat him with the respect he deserves for making this site!

  8. abninf says: Nov 16, 2010 10:05 AM

    Vick played with the same intensity he had with his dogs.

  9. kellyb9 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:07 AM

    They looked good, but its not about how you’re playing in November.

  10. starderup says: Nov 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    This happens to all players once Atlanta lets them go.

  11. Rex Grossman says: Nov 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    @pedsaregoodforsport

    “mechanics, footwork, and football IQ”. Congratulations on listening to Ron Jaworski flap his jowls last night. We are all impressed that you are able to repeat what Ron Jaworski says. The guys around the water cooler must think you’re a football wizard.

  12. tip1984 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:13 AM

    realitypolice

    this is a different team don’t expect that let down. they already had it in Tennessee

  13. airraid77 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:17 AM

    still amounts to one and done in the playoffs.

  14. pedsaregoodforsports says: Nov 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Nov 16, 2010 9:54 AM
    Anyone who has followed the Eagles over the years can feel the letdown coming.

    Maybe not this year with Number 5 off in DC gacking up games for someone else.

    But don’t be shocked if the Birds put up a clunker in the next couple weeks. Just seems to be their way.

    ————————————————–
    No need to remind us Eagle fans buddy, LOL

  15. johnnyb612 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:29 AM

    more proof that donavon mcnabb belonged in Minnesota all along.

  16. quincycarter says: Nov 16, 2010 10:30 AM

    If your still making Mike Vick dog jokes 3 years after the fact your a loser, find some new material.

  17. ejtowne says: Nov 16, 2010 10:33 AM

    I believe that the Eagles are the “It” right now, but I have to disagree with one thing… “It” is not the Eagles team, “It” is the QB Micheal Vick. Without Vick playing at the level he is, this article would never have been written.
    I wish my team would have considered taking Vick when he was available. We might be a little better off right now.
    One of the biggest reasons for the other 31 teams letting Vick pass by is the fact that not many people can look past what the guy did criminally. Now, a year and a half later some are starting to look at Vick as the dominant player he once was long ago. Too bad for all that said “Pass”.

  18. boysroll says: Nov 16, 2010 10:36 AM

    wow…eagles look awesome but lets also preface this by saying they were playing the worst team in the nfl….lets face it the 4skins are horrible and cannot believe allen, shanarat and weasel boy put together a HS roster….horrible talent evaluators sums it up.

    I am at work today and the 4skin base is telling me they are not going to anymore games this yr and jumping ship..lmao. look for 70% of the stadium to be the visiting team like last yr as the fan base will be selling tickets left and right..

    HAIL SUCKAS!!!

  19. bobbyhoying says: Nov 16, 2010 10:36 AM

    Kudos to Florio for predicting a blowout. Congratulations to Andy Reid for recognizing talent and potential. Congratulations to Tony Dungy for a successful reclamation project.

  20. scra22 says: Nov 16, 2010 10:37 AM

    geemoney713 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 9:44 AM
    31 teams made huge mistakes by not grabbing him a year and a half ago when he became available. The Eagles are just benefiting from a one of a kind one man football team.

    =======

    Really? You think the Colts, Saints, Patriots made a mistake not picking up Michael Vick? I’m pretty sure they’re fine to stick with the QBs they have in place.

  21. stanklepoot says: Nov 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    #
    realitypolice says: Nov 16, 2010 9:54 AM

    Anyone who has followed the Eagles over the years can feel the letdown coming.

    Maybe not this year with Number 5 off in DC gacking up games for someone else.

    But don’t be shocked if the Birds put up a clunker in the next couple weeks. Just seems to be their way.
    _________________________
    Actually, those of us who follow the Eagles know that they typically start off slow and do better in the second half of the year. There’s the occasional down game, but almost every team has those.

  22. DonRSD says: Nov 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    Finally, in Week 17, the Cowboys-Eagles rematch could be destined for prime time.
    ————–

    there is NO sunday night football in week 17

    WHEN the giants win this week all that bs talk will subside.

    The G-Men always keep Vick in check ;)

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  23. eaglelover1 says: Nov 16, 2010 11:03 AM

    If uoi would have told me after the 04 championship game that Vick would be wearing an Eagles jersey and Mcnabb would be wearing a Redskins jersey this year I would have called the police and had you committed.

    Just think if Vick had been named the starter week one…………Just think if vick had not gotten hurt against the Redskins the first game……..

  24. philbirds says: Nov 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    It is not only Vick as the Eagles have playmakers on offense and a defense that is designed for turnovers/sacks when ahead. I think Kolb would still get this team to the playoffs but it would probably be one and done like last year. Vick just gives them hope for more. The biggest questions remain the same every year… what happens when the team starts a game slow, or is clinging onto a small lead and can’t run down the clock.

  25. mataug says: Nov 16, 2010 11:07 AM

    can people calm down for a moment & realize that the Skins were last or dead-last in defense BEFORE the game ?

    The Eagles just finished the job as other teams should have against this defense. Granted that they were playing with a 35-0 lead but that defense didn’t look very good, so many big plays for the Redskins being conceded through air or via ground

    I’m a Colts fan who finds it difficult to say this but I would choose the Pats as the ‘it’ team because of their genius coach

  26. pastabelly says: Nov 16, 2010 11:13 AM

    I’m a Pats fan who doesn’t want his team being the “it” team. But a Brady-Manning matchup is always great tv. Happy to watch it whenever it’s on and CBS is probably happy to keep it.

  27. airraid77 says: Nov 16, 2010 11:16 AM

    rush limbaugh was right. the media continues its social promotion.

  28. rugdaniels says: Nov 16, 2010 11:44 AM

    another November / December when the Eagles are the ‘it’ team. you know the best way to get a hotel room at the Super Bowl? Wait until the Eagles fans cancel the rooms the booked at Thanksgiving.

  29. philbirds says: Nov 16, 2010 11:45 AM

    airraid… im not sure what you are trying to say unless you are talking about McNabb. If you watched the game last night and think Vick is only media hype then you are looking at it with extreme bias.

  30. pukey60 says: Nov 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    hey Andy – get back to us after you win the Super Bowl. Nothing personal, but we’ve been here before.

  31. airraid77 says: Nov 16, 2010 11:52 AM

    philbirds,
    listen to what limbaugh said. It had nothing to do with mcnabb.but it is exactly what is happening over ONE, UNO 1 game. The media is still trying to promote success that really isn their. ITS ONE GAME.
    And for the record I was blown away by the interview vick gave on nfln and i am cheering for him.

  32. deweyactswooned says: Nov 16, 2010 11:56 AM

    Between the G-men and Bears, someone’s bringing Vick back down to earth.

    What goes up, must come down…every dog has his day, etc.

  33. pedsaregoodforsports says: Nov 16, 2010 12:04 PM

    Rex Grossman says:
    Nov 16, 2010 10:08 AM
    @pedsaregoodforsport

    “mechanics, footwork, and football IQ”. Congratulations on listening to Ron Jaworski flap his jowls last night. We are all impressed that you are able to repeat what Ron Jaworski says. The guys around the water cooler must think you’re a football wizard.

    ————————————————–

    If you understand anything about football, even YOU could see this. But you probably just watch the game mindlessly with no real clue as to what is actually going on.

    Maybe if you actually PLAYED the game instead of armchair QB, you migh be able to pick up on some things. Then again, probably not.

  34. nygiantstones says: Nov 16, 2010 1:19 PM

    Absolutely sickening that Vick is getting his life and career back. I guess its true that the masses are stupid and the powers that be do what they want.

  35. khblurkin says: Nov 16, 2010 1:47 PM

    nygiantstones says:
    Nov 16, 2010 1:19 PM
    Absolutely sickening that Vick is getting his life and career back. I guess its true that the masses are stupid and the powers that be do what they want.

    ———————-

    Why shouldn’t he? He went to jail and paid his debt to society. He’s allowed a life after that.

  36. frankvzappa says: Nov 16, 2010 1:52 PM

    i forget which espn talking head said it best, while everyone else was worshipping Vick and calling him unstoppable…”I’m pretty sure Bill Belichick knows how to stop him, and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.”…and anyone who thinks giants/eagles is better than pats/colts has the 5 second memory of a goldfish…

  37. docmojoman says: Nov 16, 2010 2:13 PM

    The Eagles never get the respect they deserve!

    @All you haters – the Redskins suck, but they beat the Cowboys!

    @All you Giants fans – you let the Cowgurls beat you!

    @All you Colts fans – YOU KNOW that Philly is the TRUTH – we shut you down!

    @the Pat fan who thinks their coach is a genius – he’s a CHEATER and therefore more ethically challenged to the game of football than Vick ever was!

    I am happy to see Philly as the “it” team seeing that I’m in DC and don’t get to see them as much as I’d like!

  38. deweyactswooned says: Nov 16, 2010 3:03 PM

    khblurkin says:
    Nov 16, 2010 1:47 PM
    nygiantstones says:
    Nov 16, 2010 1:19 PM
    Absolutely sickening that Vick is getting his life and career back. I guess its true that the masses are stupid and the powers that be do what they want.

    ———————-

    Why shouldn’t he? He went to jail and paid his debt to society. He’s allowed a life after that.
    ________________________________

    Yes, he is–but there’s a difference between simply being “allowed a life” and being granted–for the SECOND time–the widely-described PRIVILEGE of playing in the NFL, which means being held up on a pedastal to be watched, worshipped, rooted for, discussed, celebrated, and beamed into my living room every Sunday morning (or Monday Night, whatever).

    It also means, like it or not, being held aloft as a role model for countless kids, adults, and sports fans the world over.

    You–and others–might think it’s fan to root for Vick, but I don’t, nor will I ever. Some crimes are just too reprehensible, and no amount of talent will ever trump them.

    Michael Jackson was talented, too–does that forgive his sins? Not in my eyes.

    Bill Clinton’s still a scumbag, too. Pointing and shaking his finger at the American people while he lied to them.

    Vick’s no better–funny, now suddenly WE’RE all the bad guys, for not supporting him, now that he’s putting up record-seting numbers, even though we never burnt, drowned, tortured or mutilated dogs, we never ran interstate gambling and drug rings, we never got busted for pot and spread veneral disease and lied about it (well…uh, okay–nevermind on those last two…)

    But the point remains. You guys choose to go on licking Vick’s toes because he’s got some talent–we’ll continue to hold people accountable for their behavior.

    Some things are just unforgiveable.

  39. khblurkin says: Nov 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    deweyactswooned:

    YOU don’t have to forgive him, and I am FAR from worshipping him. He was held accountable for his behavior and paid his debt. PERIOD!

    Whether you choose to cheer for him is your right. Playing in the NFL is NOT a privilege. If it were, there are many deserving – yet not quite talented enough people not sitting on the sidelines. He is a TALENTED football player. That is his trade. And let’s not pretend the NFL is made up of completely of men with character except for Vick. I’m sure you might be the type to annoint Tebow, but I digress…

    Michael Jackson was never found guilty of anything – and even if he was – he remains the greatest entertainer (in his hey day) of all time.

    Clinton cheated on his wife and lied about it like many a man before and after him, but he was an AMAZING president….that’s all I care about. His private life is his.

    I have two kids who I’m sure can appreciate Michael Vick’s talent as a football player and distinguish between the MAN and the player. Why??? Because as a PARENT, I make sure to make the distinction. It’s MY job to set the standards of character that I want my children to live up to. Not an athlete’s nor a musician.

    OJ probably murdered his wife…..doesn’t change the fact he was one of the game’s greatest running backs.

    Unlike YOU, I’m able to separate a person’s character from their talent.

  40. farny says: Nov 16, 2010 5:22 PM

    I understand that vick is playing amazing but lets not forget all the weapons around him. such as mcoy, who is having a great year, jackson and maclin who are both awsome deep threats and after the catch play makers, and celek who is a good dump option. i am a huge eagles fan i just dont want the eagles to be seen as a one man army. its just not vick out there.

  41. norcaleagles says: Nov 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    DONRSD, You said the g-men always keep Vick in check. LOL. Didnt he have 2 scores vs the giants last season? 1 rushing and 1 passing?

  42. junkfooddaddy says: Nov 16, 2010 5:54 PM

    Florio, are you done ripping the Eagles for trading Mcnabb? Do you still think it was a shebacle?

  43. bc666 says: Nov 16, 2010 7:00 PM

    Vick is amazing….Vick is better than he ever was…..Vick is going to be the MVP……

    Vick is still one of the worst “human” beings walking the face of the Earth. Just goes to show you that you can do anything vile in life to other life but as long as you win a game everything is hunky dory. To all of you praising Vick and how great he is……you make me sick.

  44. belicheckyoself says: Nov 17, 2010 7:51 AM

    The NFL website puts the Eagles in charge of their division even though they haven’t played and the Giants beat tiebreakers. (conference).

    @ docmojo -Pukesonfield-

    Also Vick Definitely paid, and deserved this chance to turn his life around. Good show, man, whoop up on Goober for us.

  45. deweyactswooned says: Nov 17, 2010 12:23 PM

    @khblurkin,
    So if playing in the NFL is NOT a privilege, as you say, then what is it, a RIGHT?
    A right granted by virtue of talent alone?

    Sorry, it is not so easy to just compartmentalize morality. What we do in other aspects of our life matters—CHARACTER counts.

    We cannot (and do not) simply judge people based on one aspect of their life. In essence, you would argue that the ends justify the means. If someone does something well, even if it’s only ONE thing, they can be forgiven for everything else.

    That John Wayne Gacy guy? I hear he was a GREAT clown, the kids loved him—let’s just forget all that other serial killing/necrophilia stuff, right? And I hear Hitler was a pretty decent artist. Nevermind that whole final solution thing…Shall we hang one of his landscapes in our foyer?

    When people look back on OJ, or McGuire, or LT, they do so with a “yeah, but”—the black mark persists, the asterisk stands out, it cannot be ignored, nor should it be.

    And while you and I may be good parents who can and do take the time to explain things to our kids, to act as real life role models—what about the kids in the ghettos of Atlanta & Philly that DON’T have parents, that don’t have a role model. For them, it’s Vick—and what’s the message? Go fight your rotties and don’t sweat it—if you can run fast and throw TD’s, it will work itself out. All will be forgiven.

    When we are judged in a way that actually matters—by history, by God (if that’s how you roll), by our family and descendants, by what we leave behind, or by whatever—we are judged as PEOPLE, not as clowns, or artists, or football players.

    In short, I’ll take a saint-in-shoulder-pads like Walter Payton over a scumbag like Lawrence Taylor ANY day. Character counts—and when the NFL claims that it does, too, I expect them to actually mean it.

    P.S. Clinton was “amazing” in large part thanks to a Republican Congress and the dot-com bubble. But you know how he’s primarily remembered? As the caricature on Family Guy—and he’s not on there for balancing the budget, ya know.

  46. deweyactswooned says: Nov 17, 2010 12:27 PM

    One last thing–you referenced the other criminals in the league, and I say–there’s a huge difference between a bad decision, a mistake (driving drunk, backhanding your girlfriend in the heat of an argument, driving around with a gun), and living an entire LIFE engaged in a systemic, organized, on-going and pre-meditated mode of criminality and immorality.

    The former, bad choice.
    The latter, bad PERSON.

  47. spfan22 says: Nov 17, 2010 12:59 PM

    Wow Deweyacts..I bet thousands of people are up at night losing sleep because they make you sick by watching Vick….

    Some people are amazing when others don’t think exactly like them…ever heard the saying “to each their own”? Maybe you should learn it

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