Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:19 pm

Vick v McNabb

Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles - It is Vick vs. McNabb as the skins visit the Eagles in this key NFL. This game will feature the return of Donovan McNabb, back home in front of the home fans as well as the continuing tale of Michael Vick’s rebirth in the City of Brotherly Love. Just a year ago, Vick and McNabb were stacked on Philadelphia’s depth chart as Vick attempted to resurrect his career. Now, they will be playing against each other on McNabb’s former stage.


The Eagles (2-1)  are giving 6 points to the Redskins (1-2) at home. Philadelphia has done well against

Washington, winning 12 of the past 18, including a sweep of the NFL Picks series last season.


Vick’s rise is nothing short of shocking, his play spectacular. In leading the Eagles to wins in his two starts, Vick has thrown for a combined 575 yards and 5 touchdown passes and 67 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. DeSean Jackson has been a big play receiver, averaging 24.5 yards per catch on 12 receptions while LeSean McCoy has gained 209 yards with a 6.1 average rush per carry. Tight end Brent Celek, on the other hand, has struggled getting involved in the new Vick-led offense after catching 96 passes in 2009. Celek might get have a difficult getting more looks, though, since Vick, though improved as a pocket passer, looks for big plays down the field, or scrambles for big gains.


Washington  has been giving-up big plays on defense since blowing a 17-point second-half lead against Houston, and followed-up that meltdown with a 30-16 loss to the Rams. In that game, they allowed the Rams to pile-up 365 yards in total offense while possessing the ball for over 35 minutes. The Redskins have featured a decent pass rush, with 7 sacks, and have forced 4 turnovers, including a defensive touchdown, but they’ll need to improve their third down defense against the Eagles if they hope to have any chance. They also gave up plays of 42 and 30 yards to the Rams, and they’ll to avoid the big play against the Eagles, a team accustomed to making a splash on offense.


Posted on: March 22, 2010 8:08 am

N.L. East Division Crown Once Again

While the Philadelphia Phillies are a strong favorite to win a fourth straight NL East division crown in 2010, another repeat won’t be an easy task. The Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves each won at least 86 games a year ago. In addition, the New York Mets are expected to be much better this season (it isn't hard to improve, because they can't get worse than they were last year).

Philly rolled to a second consecutive NL pennant in 2009 behind the top offense in the NL. With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley leading the way, the Phils will be an elite offense again in 2010. The arrival of Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays gives the Phils a dominant number one to build around at the top of the rotation. The Phillies are hoping that former ace Cole Hamels will be able to rebound from a shaky postseason in 2010; he is off to a great start this offseason, so we shall see...The team will also need a bounce back campaign from closer Brad Lidge (0-8, 7.21 E.R.A. in 2009) this year. Bet the Phillies to win the N.L. east again...it's a lock.

Since winning 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005, the Braves haven’t finished higher than third in the NL East. Still, there is plenty of optimism in the team’s camp this spring after an 86-76 campaign a year ago. Despite the loss of right-hander Javier Vazquez, the club’s rotation is one of the best in the senior circuit. The offense has some question marks. The Braves are hoping that franchise player Chipper Jones will rebound from a down year in 2009. Rookie outfielder Jason Heyward is generating plenty of hype in Atlanta’s camp as a potential breakout performer this season.

Despite having one of the lowest payrolls all of baseball, Florida (87-75 in 2009) was a playoff contender last year. With a new ballpark set to open in 2012 and an increased payroll this season, the young Marlins aren’t going away. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez continues to emerge as one of the top stars in the game. On the mound, number one starter Josh Johnson is an elite arm. Some issues at the back of the rotation and in the bullpen could leave Florida a little short again in 2010.

The 2009 campaign (70-92) was a season to forget for the Mets. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran combined to miss 207 games last season. Reyes is ready to go this spring while Beltran should be back in the lineup in May. The addition of free agent slugger Jason Bay should also help the Mets rebound. While Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez lead the pitching staff, there are some concerns beyond New York’s top starter and closer.

After two straight 59-win seasons, Washington could be ready for a respectable season in 2010. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn pace an offense that is looking for more consistency. On the mound, Jason Marquis is on board to lead the rotation after helping Colorado to reach the postseason in 2009 with 15 wins. Former Pirates hurler Matt Capps has been added as the club’s new closer.

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