This is the Eagles’ make it or break it game
On Sunday, the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys for the right to make the NFL playoffs this year.
While I am an Eagles fan, I believe that the Cowboys deserve to win the division, due to how inconsistent the Eagles have played throughout the season.
This includes last week's win in their game against the Washington Redskins. Washington really should have won that game except for one big mistake in the fourth quarter. One of their receivers ran sideways instead of forward for a first down on a third-down play.
In another mistake, on the last play of the game, with the Eagles ahead 31-27, the Redskins quarterback attempted a Hail Mary pass play to win the game. However, Dwayne Haskins fumbled while under a heavy pass rush and an Eagles player took the ball back for a touchdown, which gave the Eagles their 10 point margin of victory. The Eagles should have beaten the Redskins handily not in another nailbiter game that came down to the wire.
On what I hope is a positive note, I think the Eagles will have two advantages in the game this week against the Cowboys. The first one being Dak Prescott, the Cowboys quarterback, is apparently struggling with a right shoulder injury.
The second is the Cowboys are under a lot more pressure than the Eagles to win this game, to save their coach Jason Garrett's job. The Eagles don’t have that problem with Doug Pederson because he won the Super Bowl two years ago, so his team's bad record is not considered to be entirely his fault.
In the President's Cup golf event, held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, the U.S. won a close match 16-14 over the International team. It was quite exciting to watch. After the first two days, I actually thought that the U.S. was going to lose the event. The International team played very well during the first two rounds.
I think they used the badmouthing they were getting from the news media about their poor historical performances to motivate themselves. They clearly knew how to play the course with confidence, using the knowledge they received from Captain Ernie Els and the Australian players on the team.
For the U.S. team, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas were the MVPs for sure but there were a lot of great shots made by others throughout the tournament.
The next competition will be held in two years at Quail Hollow Golf Course in North Carolina. My guess is that, if Tiger doesn't want to be captain again, Phil Mickelson will lobby to get the job. It's a far off speculation and, for now, I just want to get through the winter and will watch whatever golf I can find on TV.
By the way, the Slam Dunk to the Beach high school basketball tournament starts the weekend after Christmas. Make sure you try to go at least one day and support the great youth teams.
Happy holidays to everyone.
See you on the sidelines!