Tanks for the memories, my Philadelphia Eagles.
Ah, yes. The Eagles have been roundly criticized for putting third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s season finale against the Washington Football Team. At the time, the Eagles trailed 17-14.
They had a chance to take the lead with a touchdown, or at least tie the game if they tried a field goal try, late in the third quarter.
But when the Eagles didn’t get the TD on fourth-and-goal, quarterback Jalen Hurts’ night was over.
Sudfeld looked like a third-string quarterback. His passes were awful. He fumbled a snap and failed to fall on it. It wasn’t a good look.
Washington’s 20-14 win gave them the NFC East title and left the New York Giants and their fans accusing the Eagles of tanking. As you know, I am a big Eagles fan. But I was disgusted with how that game played out. Coach Doug Peterson tried to spin it as giving Sudfeld a chance to play.
But we all know it was a tank job.
At least the Eagles get the sixth pick in the NFL Draft. But given general manager Howie Roseman’s poor draft history, I’m afraid he will decide to gamble on the pick instead of selecting the sure thing.
As for the Giants and their fans. Yeah, I know you’re upset that the Eagles tanked. However, maybe you should look at your own house. The Giants shouldn’t have blown a lead against the Dallas Cowboys in the game that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott got hurt. Don’t blow the lead in that Thursday night game against the Eagles. And Judge shouldn’t have started an injured quarterback Daniel Jones against the Arizona Cardinals.
As for my head-to-head competition with Gazette news columnist Sara Foss, Sara has defeated me for the third straight year. She finished with a 183-82-1 record. I was 180-85-1.
Time for my Super Wild Card weekend picks.
Buffalo 34, Indianapolis 21
Seattle 28, L.A. Rams 10
Tampa Bay 48, Washington 13
Tennessee 34, Baltimore 31
New Orleans 40, Chicago 7
Pittsburgh 35, Cleveland 19
SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND TV SCHEDULE
(Announcers, games subject to change)
CBS6 (WRGB) — AFC: Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn).
FOX23 (WXXA) and Amazon Prime Video — NFC: L.A. Rams at Seattle, 4:40 p.m. (FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink; Amazon Prime Video: Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer).
NBC13 (WNYT) — NFC: Tampa Bay at Washington, 8:15 p.m. (Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Kathryn Tappen).
ESPN, ABC10 (WTEN), ESPN2, Freeform and ESPN+ — AFC: Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (Steve Levy, Bob Griese and Louis Riddck, Lisa Salters).
CBS6 and Nickelodeon — NFC:Chicago at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. (CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson; Nickelodeon: Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Lex Lumpkin).
NBC13 and Peacock — AFC: Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).