Ron Glover’s Week 8 NFL Previews and Predictions: No more excuses for Andy Reid and the Eagles

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Two Birds on a wire.

The Atlanta Falcons travel to Philadelphia this week to face the Eagles in what may be the most important game of Michael Vick’s career. The scrutiny of Vick and head coach Andy Reid has reached a fever pitch. Lack of production on Sunday could mean Vick losing his job to rookie backup Nick Foles. With ten games remaining in the regular season, Reid knows a record of 5-5 will not cut it.

Other notable games: Miami at NY Jets, Washington at Pittsburgh, NY Giants at Dallas and New Orleans at Denver.

Byes: Bengals, Bills, Ravens and Texans

October 28, 2012 (Games beginning at 1:00 pm):

Miami Dolphins (3-3) at NY Jets (3-4) – Talk this week about the Jets going after Reggie Bush has the Dolphins seeing red. I wouldn’t mistake this team for a pushover.

Dolphins 24 – Jets 17

San Diego Chargers (3-3) at Cleveland Browns (1-6) – I can see the Browns winning this game, but Norv Turner has too much on the line to let this one get away.

Chargers 31 – Browns 20

Indianapolis Colts (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-4) – Should be a good game. Hasselbeck is more relaxed thanks to the ressurection of Chris Johnson.

Titans 24 – Colts 22

New England Patriots (4-3) at St. Louis Rams (3-4) – Tom Brady and the Patriots are looking to gain some momentum heading into the bye week.

Patriots 27 – Rams 14

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at Green Bay Packers (4-3) – No Greg Jennings, no problem. James Jones, Reggie Cobb and Jordy Nelson will continue to pull their weight.

Packers 33 – Jaguars 10

Atlanta Falcons (6-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) – The margin of error for Andy Reid and Michael Vick is down to zero. The pieces are there to turn this around.

Eagles 30 – Falcons 21

Washington Redskins (3-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) – Tough road game for the Redskins. It will be tougher to look at those Steelers throwbacks.

Steelers 26 – Redskins 20

Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at Detroit Lions (2-4) – I like the Seahawks big against the Lions who are all but done.

Seahawks 31 – Lions 17

Carolina Panthers (1-5) at Chicago Bears (5-1) – It’s going to be another tough Q&A session for Cam Newton this week.

Bears 27 – Panthers 21

Games beginning at 4:00 pm or later:

Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) – Chiefs in a close one.

Chiefs 21 – Raiders 20

NY Giants (5-2) at Dallas Cowboys (3-3) – The Giants will continue to put their feet up in Jerry’s new home.

Giants 28 – Cowboys 20

New Orleans Saints (2-4) at Denver Broncos (3-3) – With snow in the forecast, I’m curious to see how two dome quarterbacks fare.

Broncos 27 – Saints 21

Monday October 29, 2012 8:30 pm:

San Francisco 49ers (5-2) at Arizona Cardinals (4-3) – The Cardinals will put up a fight, but lose their fourth in a row.

49ers 23 – Cardinals 17

Last Week: 9-4

2012 Season: 62-42

7 Responses to “Ron Glover’s Week 8 NFL Previews and Predictions: No more excuses for Andy Reid and the Eagles”

  1. mapoui says:

    why is Michael Vick under the gun?

    Vick has been poorly used in the ridiculous schemes of his burnt-out head coach.

    Vick in fact has done very well in the circumstances, having the Eagles in with a chance to have won all the games they have played so far…but for defensive break-downs

    the treatment of Vick in the media is very unfair in my way of seeing the situation. I am keen to battle.

    but these days I ask myself why I am paying attention to sports at all as a human storm gathers.

    poisoned food skewing human biology, sterilizing millions…crazies like Bill Gates with his massive foundation running, around the planet killing people by vaccinations..especially black people like myself

    there is a stunning list of evil being done to humanity as we speak. and our black president, seeking re-election is central to the evil.

    and even as this is so this stunning president: a resplendent black man, a beautiful man…as beautiful as the Morning Star..which explains why he is mired in the filth…up to his big ears.

    and the more he represents those who paid for him the more he is loved by those he rapes

    my total time should be focused on the evil, belling it every hour of the day

  2. Ron Glover says:

    The days are becoming darker.

  3. Origin says:

    @ RG – I think Eagles fans need to realize that the run that the Eagles had is coming to an end. Add to that an owner that has always been cheap. His view is that why pay for Reid and Vick to be 8-8 or 9-7. The fool finally spends money and now wants to stop and do everything on the cheap as he always has. Hell that’s why an offensive line coach ended up being a defensive coach. But being cheap has always been the Eagles and 76ers MO as far as I can remember.

    Eagle fans have to also understand that getting rid of Reid and Vick won’t stop the sinking of the ship. The team will still fade into oblivion (as Megatron would say in the GREAT old 80s cartoon transformers) over the next few years. Sport is a cycle and the run that the Eagles have had is coming to an end.

    As far as Cam the Q & A will be fine. The issue was as I have been saying for weeks that the kid being set up with all the read option crap. Chud was screwing the kid with the garbage play calling. Thankfully Gil Brandt and Warren Moon came out the last 2 weeks and pointed this out. Once they said something some of the people in the media began to have enough balls to say something about the offense. So in the last week Jaws, Prisco and Cosell all spoke on the offense.

    Remember that Gil Brandt and Warren Moon were the same people that defended Cam when Peter King tried to sell him to the wolves with that tweet last year before the draft. It was Gil Brandt who was standing next to him during his speech at the combine. So the young man is smart enough to have some people on his team to do the dirty work for him. Similar to how Mcnabb had folks in the media and players who would vouch for him and do the talking for him behind the scenes.

    Any way it is amazing how when these coaches’ jobs are in danger or when the media gets on their ass they get their act together when it comes to calling plays. We have seen that for years with Reid. Old Jerry Richardson must have told Rivera and Chud to get their shit together because all of a sudden a team that ran 70% of the time out of read option is now lining up in 2 TEs, single back, and I formations today.

  4. Origin says:

    @ mapoui – Well said. I agree with everything you said.

  5. mapoui says:

    the commentator who seriously tees me off is Rodney Harrison on Sunday night. I cant listen to Harrison too much any more. I tend to tune him out now

    Tony Dungy suggests what seems the right thing for the Eagles: a change of game plan… not a change of QB.

    a change of QB to a rookie means a conservative game..indeed a change of plan..but for a rookie.

    if you want to win you have to use the players who can..who have beaten NFL teams consistently

    but why cant you win with Vick who is a many times pro bowler?

    Obviously the fault is not Vick’s , who is constantly running for his life on the field….but the plan, and the way the team is playing.

    I looked at part of the Eagles game today. what I thought I saw was an a Team not playing as they can. there wasn’t any real effort by the Eagles on the field.

    my impression is that Reid has lost the Eagles. they are not playing hard for him any more.

    the Eagles are dispirited, in disarray , disinterested. that means that a period is over and basic change is essential in the way the team is managed/coached

    its not Vick but Reid who is the problem. Reid’s time is over. he is done! his press conference displays a man who is finished defeated…a coach who knows the game is up but who of course cant admit that

    that seems obvious to me. it is what a football man like Harrison should know from long association with the NFL, was a player himself…instead of recommending replacement of Vick with a rookie.

    giving the team a spark my foot. you want to spark the Eagles…fire Reid!

  6. Miranda says:

    The lack of discipline and heart with the Eagles is just breathtaking.

  7. mapoui says:

    Tony Dungy schools Harrison all the time but Harrison never learns.


    “The team will still fade into oblivion (as Megatron would say in the GREAT old 80s cartoon transformers) over the next few years. Sport is a cycle and the run that the Eagles have had is coming to an end.”

    I don’t know Origin but there are quite a few young enough high quality players on the Eagles Roster to make a positive difference for some time to come.

    and I believe that given enough time Tod Bowles can make a decisive difference with the defence.

    the Key as far as I see is the coaching. Reid and his view of things must be purged. whatever positives his ideology contained has run its course. the guy is tired, anachronism now.

    New, intelligent, up to date and in sync with the times outlook in the Eagles coaching is crucial now.

    such intelligence would make use of Vick and Macklin & Co….. get the best out of this current core. and they are good enough to a long way.

    with Reid out of the way the Eagles may not fade away as fast as all that