First and 10: Eagles, Reid need to part ways

November 7, 2012, 3:38 AM

Like all good things, Andy Reid’s time in Philadelphia needs to come to an end.

The Eagles coach just doesn’t seem to understand his team’s strengths and for that the NFL’s longest-tenured coach should say goodbye to Philadelphia.

The Eagles offence remains pass heavy (Michael Vick threw the ball 41 times against the Saints Monday night) as the offensive line continues to struggle in pass protection. The Saints racked up seven sacks against the Eagles Monday after recording only 13 all season prior to the Monday night matchup.

Why is the NFL’s best scrambling quarterback attempting more than 40 passes when he can’t go one snap without being hit?

What should anger Philadelphia fans even more is LeSean McCoy’s lack of touches.

McCoy played great against the Saints, rushing for 119 yards and recording 14 receiving yards. The problem is that McCoy only touched the ball 21 times.

As the Eagles passing game continues to struggle, Reid should be putting the ball into the running back’s hands. Especially since McCoy is one of the top running backs in the NFL.

Regardless of the Eagles struggles on defence, Reid should be axed because of his inability to adjust the offence appropriately.

Bears D giving ’85 version run for their money

No team in NFL history has done what the Bears’ defence has through nine weeks of the season.

Eight games into the 2012 season, the Bears defensive unit has scored seven touchdowns, a new NFL record.

With such a dominant first-half performance, a comparison of this year’s group to Chicago’s Super Bowl-winning 1985 defence shows the 2012 Bears stacks up well against the best defence in NFL history.

2012 Bears defence vs. 1985 Bears defence through 8 games
2012 Bears defence Wins-Losses 7-1
  Pts per game allowed 15
  Takeaways 28
  Defensive TDs 7
  Opponents Rush YPG 88
  Opponents Pass YPG 230.1
  Sacks 25
  Offensive TDs allowed 9
 
1985 Bears defence Wins-Losses 8-0
  Pts per game allowed 14.3
  Takeaways 29
  Defensive TDs 2
  Opponents Rush YPG 79.9
  Opponents Pass YPG 225.8
  Sacks 32
  Offensive TDs allowed 13

While this year’s team doesn’t quite stack up to the ’85 version, the 2012 Bears defence is giving it’s ancestor a good run for its money as the best defence ever.

Bills will have a new quarterback in 2013

Ryan Fitzpatrick has joined Bills head coach Chan Gailey on the hot seat.

Earlier last week, general manager Buddy Nix told the media he’s interested in adding a young quarterback to the Bills roster for the 2013 season to challenge Fitzy for the starting spot.

Despite ranking in the top ten in touchdown passes, Fitzpatrick and the Bills passing game rank in the bottom five in passing yards with 1621 and the top five in interceptions thrown with ten.

Additionally, Fitzpatrick has made critical mistakes in winnable games for the Bills, most notably a third down interception against the Titans that led to the game-winning touchdown by Tennessee in Week 7.

Since signing a six-year, $59 million contract a little over a year ago, Fitzpatrick has led the Bills to a 4-14 record and, unless the Bills make a playoff push, will likely lose his starting spot in Buffalo.

Defences have figured out RGIII

Six weeks into the season, Robert Griffin was on pace to break Cam Newton’s rushing touchdown record, as he was averaging a touchdown a game on the ground.

But Griffin hasn’t rushed for a score since Week 6, to the dismay of fantasy owners everywhere, making Griffin and the Redskins offence much less dangerous.

As Washington has seen their playoff hopes slip away, they’ve also seen their point totals deteriorate as Griffin’s run game has slowed. In the first six games, the Redskins were averaging 29.6 points per game. In three weeks since, Washington is averaging a measly 16 points per game.

Coach Mike Shanahan will need some clever game planning to get this team back on track, as defences have been able to contain the former NCAA hurdling champion.

2012′s draft class is the best of all time

What a weekend of rookie performances.

Andrew Luck may not have started off as hot as RGIII but his consistent play was taken to the next level on Sunday when Luck broke Cam Newton’s single game rookie passing record. The Stanford product lead the Colts to huge win over the Dolphins, a victory that could have huge playoff implications come season’s end.

In Tampa, Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin, who has the best nickname is sports, saved the Bucs from another disappointing loss with more than 250 yards and four rushing touchdowns, keeping the bucs alive in the jam-packed NFC playoff race.

Rookies are having a bigger impact in the NFL than ever before. Luck has made the Colts one of the top contenders in the AFC Wild Card race through nine weeks, while Martin’s impact has helped make the Bucs offence dangerous in every way.

The continued growth of Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden all point to the fact that the 2012 draft class may be one of the best of all time.

Atlanta’s versatility makes them the NFL’s best

While the Falcons win against the Cowboys on Sunday night was less than impressive, it was another character win for Mike Smith and company that proves Atlanta is the best team in the NFL.

Despite both Roddy White and Julio Jones recording 100-yard games through the air, the Cowboys held Matt Ryan without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.

This didn’t phase the Falcons, who turned to their workhorse running back Michael Turner who scorched "America’s team" for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons defence held the Cowboys to only 65 yards rushing while bending against Tony Romo but not breaking, only allowing one touchdown pass despite surrendering more than 300 yards through the air.

Atlanta’s ability to adapt in order to win is proof that this team is the real deal.

Thank Ponder for Minnesota’s nose dive

Adrian Peterson can’t do it all by himself.

Since being the only quarterback in the NFL yet to have thrown an interception through four weeks, Christian Ponder, the Vikings quarterback of the future, has done nothing but hurt his club. The Vikings ship has been sinking to the bottom of the NFC North because of it.

Since Week 5, Ponder has thrown eight interceptions to just six touchdowns, is averaging only 196 yards a game through the air and has thrown for less than 65 yards twice.

While AP continues to put up one of his best seasons as a pro, the Vikings are letting his efforts go to waste thanks to poor quarterback play from the second-year Florida State product.

Manning’s struggles could kill Giants

Eli Manning has been pitiful the last two weeks.

Since beating the Redskins with an 80 touchdown pass to Victor Cruz in the final minutes of their Week 7 matchup, Manning has not thrown a touchdown and has been intercepted three times.

The Giants have been unable to operate on offence and are lucky the rest of the NFC East are unable to put together winning efforts or their division lead would be quickly dwindling.

In the last two weeks, the Giants have averaged only 237.5 yards per game on offence, ranking in the bottom half of the league.

If the terrible play on offence continues and any team in the East heats up (the Eagles have a generous schedule if they can rebound), Manning and the Giants may find themselves on the outside looking in.

Lions run game is the key to their success

The Lions offence had been exposed in 2012. A heavy reliance on the pass game with little-to-no running game has made Detroit’s offence easy to stop, resulting in a .500 record and the continued struggles of the passing game.

Sunday the Lions focused on the run and it paid big dividends.

The Lions rushed for 143 yards and four touchdowns, which allowed the Lions pass offence to get Calvin Johnson in the mix, who put up his third best yard total of the season.

Despite the fact the win came against the lowly Jaguars, it was a big one for the Lions running game, which will be key to the offences success, and their confidence moving forward in the ultra-competitive NFC north.

AFC North will be decided by December

As the Pittsburgh Steelers are heating up at just the right time and Baltimore is reeling from injury on the defensive side of the ball and the offence showing signs of weakness, the next month will decide the AFC North.

The Ravens and Steelers face off twice in the next four weeks, while the Steelers also face the Browns in between their matchups with the Ravens.

As the Bengals continue to struggle and the Browns clearly out of the playoff chase, the winner of the AFC North will be decided when the final whistle blows in Baltimore on December 2.

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