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November 18 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The sequel is almost always worse than the original.
If that is indeed the case, then the Eagles‘ secondary will have its hands full when Manning, Part II premieres at Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday night’s showdown against the New York Giants.
Of course, Peyton Manning was supposed to take home an armful of Oscars two weeks ago against a unit with a rookie safety and a cornerback making his first career start, and that didn’t turn out so well for the Colts quarterback.
So when Giants quarterback Eli Manning comes to town, maybe Nate Allen, Dimitri Patterson, and cast will be more like The Godfather, Part II or The Empire Strikes Back in their sequel vs. Archie Manning’s youngest son and turn in a performance that surpasses the original.
“I have a lot of confidence in our secondary,” Eagles safety Quintin Mikell said Wednesday. “We’ll be ready to play. We know what they’re going to do. They’re going to come after us, they’re going to throw the ball deep and we’re going to be ready.”
Allen actually didn’t play the entire game against the Colts. He suffered a neck sprain in the second quarter and was replaced by Kurt Coleman, also a rookie. Coleman didn’t miss a beat and maintained that consistency on Monday night against the Redskins as Allen sat out with his injury.
But Allen returned to practice on Wednesday and is slated to start at free safety against the Giants.
Patterson, on the other hand, will start for the third straight week at right cornerback. He replaced Ellis Hobbs after it was determined Hobbs had a hip flexor strain that was conveniently revealed after a horrible outing against the Titans.
Hobbs made a full return to practice Wednesday, so it’s fair to assume that Patterson has a hold on the job.
“The NFL – it’s not a league of assumptions, let me put it like that,” Patterson said. “All I can do is basically continue to perform.”
November 18 Camden Courier-Post:
“Eagles center Mike McGlynn said Wednesday that he’s “over it” in response to questions about his allegations that Redskins safety LaRon Landy spit on him twice in Monday night’s game.
McGlynn also said he doesn’t think it’s necessary for the NFL take action against the defensive back, but the offensive lineman reiterated that Landry showed disrespect that made the Eagles‘ 59-28 rout even sweeter.
“It’s the principle,” McGlynn, a third-year pro and 2008 fourth-round pick, said. “I don’t want anybody to get 50-grand, 10-grand, 20-grand taken from them. We work hard for our money. And I understand that there’s a lot of frustration. You’re getting beat bad, but have some respect for the guys.
“We’re out here to promote the game and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I’d rather not get disrespected like that.”
Landry denied the accusation after the game and some of his teammates Wednesday told reporters who cover the Redskins that they never saw Landry spit at McGlynn.
The NFL, which is reviewing the allegations, usually announces fines on Fridays.
The Eagles also said Redskins players — in particular Landry and cornerback DeAngelo Hall — were responsible for a minor pre-game scuffle that took place as both teams headed back to the lockers after warm-ups.
November 18 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Jason Peters said he talks frequently with former Eagles (and Arkansas) teammate Shawn Andrews, but Peters didn’t know that Andrews had missed practice yesterday with a sore back.
“I didn’t hear that, I’m going to have to give him a call,” said Peters, the Eagles‘ left tackle. “He’s been doing good, playing left tackle – they moved [David] Diehl inside.”
Peters said Andrews asked him for advice when he was moved to left tackle on an injury-depleted line. Andrews was a two-time Pro Bowl right guard for the Eagles who was moved to right tackle in 2009 but never played that year after undergoing his second back surgery in as many seasons. Andrews has started the last two games for the Giants at left tackle.
“He asks me something, here and there. I give him a little bit of information,” Peters said.
If Andrews plays Sunday against his former team, he will face a relentless opponent in former teammate Trent Cole. Peters also is looking at a stiff challenge from Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and a front four that shifts around a lot.
“All four guys, great pass rushers, play the run good,” Peters said. “They’re probably the best d-line we’ll play all year.”
Peters’ two games since the bye might have been his best all season. That has something to do with the meniscus surgery he underwent Oct. 14.
“Usually after a game, [the left knee] would be sore all during the week,” he said. “Now it feels way better.””
November 18 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Tom Coughlin and his Giants are as Vick-sated on the Michael Vick Phenomenon as the rest of the NFL world.
However, they appear to have a plan to limit Vick’s effectiveness.
Take Vick out.
“When we catch him, we catch him,” said Giants safety Deon Grant.
He referenced the Eagles‘ first game against the Redskins, when Vick suffered cracked rib cartilage in the first quarter and was lost for the game.
“They hurt him, right?” Grant said. “Ain’t nobody Superman.”
The Giants have proved that, having already taken out five quarterbacks this season: Dallas’ Tony Romo, Carolina’s Matt Moore, Detroit’s Shaun Hill and Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Todd Collins.
To a man, Giants defenders spoke with reverence with regard to Vick. Grant made sure to “Give him his props,” in light of Vick’s unprecedented performance: 333 passing yards, 80 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns and two running TDs.
“His speed – there’s nothing like it,” said Giants linebacker Michael Boley, who ended Romo’s season (broken clavicle) on a clean hit. Boley was as flabbergasted as anyone at Vick’s output Monday night – a performance unlike any pre-prison game; one that highlighted the finer skills, which he has honed since he became an Eagle. “It pretty much showed everybody what his full potential was.”
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