Clinton Portis picks the Eagles to win the NFC East

Reuters

Former NFL running back Clinton Portis made the media rounds on Tuesday, either to get his name in circulation for a late-season signing or to lay the foundation for a post-football media career.

After spending most of the day at ESPN, Portis made the trip from Bristol, Connecticut to Stamford for an on-set visit with Russ Thaler of NBC SportsTalk.

Somewhat surprisingly, Portis picked the Eagles to continue their late-season push to the playoffs and win the NFC East.

Crazy as it sounds, the Eagles need only to win their final two games (at Cowboys, vs. Redskins), see the Giants lose to the Jets on Christmas Eve and then the Giants beat the Cowboys on New Year’s Day.

So Portis may be right.  The other playoff teams in the NFC will hope he’s wrong, because the Eagles could end up being the toughest out in the entire field.

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70 responses to “Clinton Portis picks the Eagles to win the NFC East

  1. “because the Eagles could end up being the toughest out in the entire field”

    You’re kidding, right? Eight losses so far and good old Andy Reid who always finds a way to screw up in the postseason and never trusts his running game. One and done IF they manage to get there. The NFC East is a joke this season. Whichever team makes it in is just an easy win for some other team. Just for chuckles, please list the possible NFC playoff teams you’re so confident Philly can beat and let us know if you’re a gambling man.

  2. The eagles would be the biggest challenge in the playoffs. Dallas and giants would be one and done. It’s all about momentum, and Dallas and giants don’t have it. Go jets!

  3. Is this the same Clinton Portis who’s NFL career consisted of wearing funny wigs and big glasses and would never be in the games because he was always hurt ?

  4. I never realized he was out of the league till this article, I just thought he was on some teams roster hurt !

  5. The situation the Eagles are in right now just makes those early season collapses that much more unbearable. Well all I want for Christmas is a football miracle.

  6. The Eagles will/won’t be the toughest out in the entire field ‘if’ they make it – and they won’t.
    If they were, potentially, the toughest out, they would not have a losing record tring to get in with an 8-8 record.
    The Vick experiment has failed. Time and again. doing a Mike Tyson wish-fest and hope for that one-round knock out punch to come back isn’t going to work. mostly because Vick never was as great as his jock-sniffers make him out to be.
    He just. Isn’t. Special. Just different. The kind of different that makes him a slightly above average starting QB at BEST. In reality, middle of the road.

  7. He’s always been pretty awesome you mean. One of my favorite players ever. Incredibly tough, incredibly talented, and trbowman said, its a shame his talents got wasted in DC.

    They hate him here, its dumb.

  8. NFL media is a trip. Maybe its all sports media and perhaps fans, but 1 week the Eagles are straight up done and can’t play and the next week it’s “…the Eagles could end up being the toughest out in the entire field.” The frontrunning is ridiculous!

    If the Eagles make it in, they will be hiding high, but they won’t be the toughest out. They still have the same flaws but some teams just expose them better than others. Same thing for every other team in the league.

    I won’t put it past “the walrus” to pull if off, but I also wouldn’t put it past the Iggles to lay an egg in one of those games. Eagle fans know it too…

  9. Portis wearing a suit and tie trying to sound like a grown up….please….this is the guy who saw nothing wrong with Vick “having some fun” with dogs and otherwise has been known only for some of the most punk-stupid statements ever to slither from a professional athlete’s mouth. By the way, there’s been some stiff competition for punk-stupid statements.

  10. eigglesnosuperbowls says:
    Dec 20, 2011 10:12 PM
    Is this the same Clinton Portis who’s NFL career consisted of wearing funny wigs and big glasses and would never be in the games because he was always hurt ?

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    No, this is the Clinton Portis who has only 300 fewer yards with the Redskins than Adrian Peterson has in his first four season.

    Its also the Clinton Portis who ran for over 1500 yards in each of his first two seasons.

    Its also the Clinton Portis who threw one of the best blocks to save a pick six ever, in a PRESEASON GAME.

    S0, yeah. That Clinton Portis.

  11. Clinton Portis was wasted under Joe Gibbs? Come again? Portis had 1,550 total yards in 2004, 1,732 total yards in 2005 along with 11 touchdowns and 1,651 total yards in 2007, also with 11 touchdowns.

  12. The Eagles win 2 games in row and all of the sudden they’re a playoff threat. They better hope they don’t make the playoffs and end up getting embarrassed by the likes of the Packers or Saints.

  13. @east96st-

    The chiefs just beat the packers, which says enough. Any given sunday. NO ONE want to face the Ealges in the playoffs. Not the Packers, Falcons, Lions, Saints, 9ers, blah, blah, blah.

  14. In ref to my prev. comment..

    Portis was a guest on the show “First Take” w/ Skip Bayless, Kordell Stewart, and I think Dana Jacobson was MCing.

    Totally contradicting himself here.

  15. I agree the eagles would be the best 8-8 playoff team in history. But at the same time they still have young backers and rookie d cord and a qb that needs to learn to slide.

    But if your a fan of the packers ( especially without the oline they just lost) or the niners you only be lying to your self if you said you wanted to play this eagles team that has finally seemed to find its footing.

    Not to mention the fact that the packers made the playoffs last season only because the eagles beat someone.

    While I think it’s still a long shot, if the giants lose and the eagles win this weekend

  16. The Dream is not over yet. Packers won it all as a sixth seed last year. Wouldn’t want to be the Falcons playing outside the dome in a cold Philadelphia.

  17. That largely depends on which Eagles team shows up for those last two games. If they get into the playoff, the Eagles have their own very special ways of disappointing – mainly dealing with the idea that they are in the playoffs and don’t deserve to be, and thus, play like they played for most of the season. The Reid-McNabb pairing was sure choke city. Vick might be the difference this time, if there is a this time.

  18. howley1 says:Dec 20, 2011 10:08 PM

    The Eagles haven’t swept any other NFCE team but the Giants since the 2006 season.

    Wrong–they swept the Skins in 09–winning 27-17 at Washington and 27-24 in Philly. And they also swept BOTH the Cowboys and Washington in 06.

    eigglesnosuperbowls says:Dec 20, 2011 11:01 PM

    The fact that he would pick vick over eli tells you all you need to know about this clown !

    Well, so far, Eli has managed to lose to the Skins, Eagles, and the Seahawks AT HOME, and nearly lost to the Fins.

    And “xofootballer”–if the Eagles get to the playoffs, they would get Atlanta first round–the same Atlanta that squeaked by them in the dome when Vick went out. They’d then get the Packers–hey–do you know the who QBd the FIRST team ever to beat the Packers in playoff game on their home turf–Vick!!! In 02 when the Falcons beat them in the WC game. The Pack are nursing injureis, and as KC proved, they’re not invincible.

    Of course, the Giants and Cowboys fans among you would absolutely disappear if this all happened. In 2 NFCE road games, they’ve allowed 23 points–meanwhile, the Cowboys have allowed 58 and the Giants 81 in one more game.

  19. east96st says:
    Dec 20, 2011 9:57 PM

    You’re kidding, right? Eight losses so far and good old Andy Reid who always finds a way to screw up in the postseason and never trusts his running game. One and done IF they manage to get there. The NFC East is a joke this season. Whichever team makes it in is just an easy win for some other team. Just for chuckles, please list the possible NFC playoff teams you’re so confident Philly can beat and let us know if you’re a gambling man.

    ———————–

    Are they as bad as the 9-7 Cardinals team that SHOULD have won the Super Bowl? Or how about as bad as the 7-9 Seahawks team that beat the Saints? Or as good as the Jets teams the past 2 years that backed into the playoffs and still went to the Championship game? Or as good as the Giants that backed into the playoffs and won the Super Bowl, upending the previously undefeated Patriots?

    Once you get to the playoffs, all bets are off. Don’t forget that the hapless Eagles had a 20 point lead at half time that the defense gave up in week 4. Of the 20 point lead the hapless Eagles had on the Falcons that the defense gave up in week 2. Of that they had a 4th quarter lead against the Bears as well? I think the only team they wouldn’t be competitive with is the Packers, but given their O-Line issues due to injury, and the pace the Eagles are laying out opposing QBs, I don’t see it as impossible to beat them either, seeing as the Chiefs just did it.

    So yeah, ANY team can be dangerous once you get into the playoffs. The problem is GETTING to the playoffs, and while a few chips need to fall in the right direction, its not exactly impossible or even really improbable that the Eagles win the East and get in.

    That said, I’m sure Andy will screw it up somehow.

  20. Big dilemma for the Gmen….if they lose to the Jets they are almost 100% done for the year.

    So, lay an intentional egg against the Cowboys so the Eagles CANT make it in, or go all out and beat the Cowboys just to prove you can?

    Im a Giants fan, and would rather see them NOT in the playoffs. This doesnt feel like another ’07 team to me.

  21. I wouldnt put it past Andy Reid to turn a top 10 draft pick into the 26th draft pick, just to try and save his job.

    Just like 2005. 3-10 going into week 14, and finished the season 6-10, just to say things looked up at the end of the season.

    We should have picked top 7. Ive been looking forward to actually getting some blue chip talent in the draft since 1999. We keep ending up with picks in the early to mid 20s though…boo.

  22. Stubborn Reid is still stuck with 7th round linebackers which better teams destroy. Safties are medicore at best. I still can’t figure out how Casey Matthews was taking him to the Super Bowl. People dwell on one or two good plays but over all they are not Pro Level LB’S

  23. 6-8 and in 3rd place with two games left. And Vick is past due for another injury. Yeahhh I think you can count them out.

  24. eaglesw00t: “I wouldnt put it past Andy Reid to turn a top 10 draft pick into the 26th draft pick, just to try and save his job.”

    So if you were Reid, at what point would you have tucked tail and quit on the season?

  25. bleedgreen says:
    Dec 21, 2011 7:58 AM

    Are they as bad as the 9-7 Cardinals team that SHOULD have won the Super Bowl? Or how about as bad as the 7-9 Seahawks team that beat the Saints? Or as good as the Jets teams the past 2 years that backed into the playoffs and still went to the Championship game? Or as good as the Giants that backed into the playoffs and won the Super Bowl, upending the previously undefeated Patriots?

    ———–

    Come again? Jets were 11-5 last year. 11-5 is backing in?

  26. worldsgreatest says:
    No, this is the Clinton Portis who has only 300 fewer yards with the Redskins than Adrian Peterson has in his first four season.

    Its also the Clinton Portis who ran for over 1500 yards in each of his first two seasons.

    Its also the Clinton Portis who threw one of the best blocks to save a pick six ever, in a PRESEASON GAME.

    S0, yeah. That Clinton Portis.
    ——————————————————–
    Anyone notice that this poster picked the name “world’sgreatest” to defend Portis?

    Nice to see you follow PFT.com, Clinton.

  27. By golly you’re right, eaglebobby! It’s a given that the Eagles will win the Super Bowl, I have seen the light! hahaha

    Eaglesfans calling some other teams fans out for disappearing is so cute, considering you guys have been as rare as 3 dollar bills around here most of this season.

  28. howley, you’re the one who implied history is a way to gauge how this season will play out.

    All eaglebobby did was point out that, in addition to being a dope who believes what happened years ago has any bearing on the here and now, you’re also a sloppy fact-checker.

  29. jetsfan136 says:

    Come again? Jets were 11-5 last year. 11-5 is backing in?
    ———————————————————
    Typical “short memory” Yets fan.

    It IS, when New England’s 14-2 was better and they won the division, and the Yets only got into the playoff’s when Jacksonville lost to the Reskins and were eliminated.

    Glad to help clear that whole “backing in” thing up for you, Bunkie.

    Yets fans should understand that better, having done it two years in a row.

    Rewrite history much, Yets fans?

  30. richm2256 says:
    Typical “short memory” Yets fan.

    It IS, when New England’s 14-2 was better and they won the division, and the Yets only got into the playoff’s when Jacksonville lost to the Reskins and were eliminated.

    Glad to help clear that whole “backing in” thing up for you, Bunkie.

    Yets fans should understand that better, having done it two years in a row.

    Rewrite history much, Yets fans?

    ——

    ehh. You play 16 games and win 11 most years you get in to the playoffs. Week 1 is just as important as week 16 as far as accumulating total wins. Besides, Jacksonville was 8-8 last year so who cares about them playing the Skins in week 16 when the Jets were 11-5 at the end of the season? Lastly, how did that ‘NE was better’ thing work out when it counted? 🙂

    Your stuff is funny, I’ll give you that. Makes no sense, but funny.

  31. the Eagles problem lies in the fact that the Giants would have to beat the Cowboys week 17. and that gutless team isn’t beating anybody after they’re eliminated.

  32. All of you NFC east haters need to relax, without Manning the AFC South is the worst division this year.

  33. I always liked Portis. The Skins ran him into the ground, but he still played hard, and he was a hell of a blocker when he needed to be, but during his last couple seasons here when he spent 90% of his time hurt and running his mouth, he just started to get on my nerves.

  34. He may, and that is a big MAY, be right. Theoretically, and except for the Redskins, the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles each have a chance at making it to the playoffs. But really, and as stated by quite a few here, the NFC East is a very underachieving group this year. The only consistent thing each team does is to be inconsistent. And truthfully, and as a fan, I would love for the Giants to make it, but seeing as how they have played, they would be one and done. Not to say that the Cowboys and Eagles would do much better. There are good teams out there, just not in the East and they rightfully belong in the playoffs.

  35. I don’t anyone’s giving enough attention to the fact that Antrel Rolle took time out of his day to comment on this discussion.

    “xxtucknrolle88 says: Dec 21, 2011 6:06 AM

    Yeah let’s listen to a guy that isn’t even good enough to play in the nfl. Get a job you bum.”

    Clearly this must be Antel Rolle, or else we would have no reason to listen to him, because, as he so eloquently points out, there’s no reason to listen to anyone who’s not in the nfl. I can’t believe I’ve wasted so many years listening to Terry Bradshaw, Antonio Pierce, Howie Long and my wife. Not one of them is playing in the NFL right now. Must be a bunch of idiots.

  36. jetsfan136 says:
    ehh. You play 16 games and win 11 most years you get in to the playoffs. Week 1 is just as important as week 16 as far as accumulating total wins. Besides, Jacksonville was 8-8 last year so who cares about them playing the Skins in week 16 when the Jets were 11-5 at the end of the season? Lastly, how did that ‘NE was better’ thing work out when it counted?

    Your stuff is funny, I’ll give you that. Makes no sense, but funny.
    ——————————————————–
    Man, you have the WORST memory of any Yets fan EVER.

    The Jets had a chance to secure the last wildcard spot if the beat the Bears. Instead, they lost, losing 3 of their last 4 games.

    Remember THAT?

    They only got in when Washington beat the Jaguars:

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-12-26/sports/27085578_1_mike-tannenbaum-dustin-keller-jets

    I’m not saying the Pat’s 14-2 record helped them at all in the playoffs, but that wasn’t your original point. Your original post was “Jets were 11-5 last year. 11-5 is backing in?”

    It WAS backing in.

    Doesn’t matter WHAT your record is ….. when you don’t “win” your spot in the playoffs, and only get in because another team lost, THAT’S BACKING IN!!!!!!

    Does THAT “make sense”?

    The Jets “backed in” TWO YEARS IN A ROW, getting in the 2009 playoffs only because Caldwell rested practically all the Colts starters.

    Remember?

    Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez have YET to actually “win” their way into a playoff spot, and at 8-6 this year the best they can hope for is 10-6……

    You really think they’re going to “win” their way into a playoff spot at 10-6?

    They are probably going to have to rely on “backing in” to the playoffs FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR!

  37. 1. Jets finished 2-2 in their last four games. 2nd time you’re talking about my memory so at least get it right.

    2 ‘Backing in’ is such a subjective thing so your yelling is not going to convince anyone of anything. It’s just rambling. When you start 9-2 you can afford to lose a couple and still make it in, as the Jets did. When Jacksonville played Washington they were 8-6. At that time the Jets were 10-4 playing the Bears. Doesnt that mean anything? Of course it does. It does as far as making the playoffs. You chery pick one game and decide that’s the most meaningfull game of the year? Ridiculous. You may notice that it is now week 16 again and the playoffs are not set…again. Like they arent every year at this time. A team that has not clinched a playoff berth yet may win it all, like Green Bay last year…………who lost in week 14 and 15 last year I might add.

    3: Your issue is not with me or with Jets fans. The NFL has plenty of rules regarding how teams get into the playoffs. The Jets satisfied the rules and made the playoffs. That particular year I would say they were a worthy playoff team considering they won at Cincy, at Indy and at NE. Even if they had lost at Cincy, they were in the playoffs and deserved to be there based on the rules established by the NFL. If some other team wanted to be in the playoffs besides the Jets, they could have won the games necessary to get in. Instead of screaming at me, write a letter to Goodell. Again, game 1 means as much as game 16 and you are not acknowledging that. They won 11. All that matters
    .

    Good day sir 🙂

  38. @jetsfan136 :

    YOU are the one who took issue with the Jets having “backed in” to the 2010 playoffs, in your 9:58 reply to bleedgreen. I didn’t bring it up, I just showed you the answer.

    I didn’t “cherry pick one game”, every sports reporter and every fan with a clue in the country all stated that the Jets “backed in” to the playoffs with the Redskin win over the Jags.

    Why?

    Because it’s a FACT.

    My mistake talking about them losing 3 out of the last 4 games; they DID lose 3 out of 4 but that was after week 16, before they beat the Bills. I lost track of just how many games they were losing, and when.

    My issue isn’t with the laugue’s rules on who gets in the playofs; It’s with the idiot Jets fans bragging about a team that couldn’t even win it’s own way into the playoffs, and had to rely on another team losing, to qualify for the playoffs.

    They were supposed to be Super Bowl Champs, and they couldn’t even get into the playofs on their own!

  39. Clinton Portis is a class act. He played hard every play, running and blocking. He should get another shot somewhere else. Just show up to tryouts in shape this time Clinton. Hail!

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