Sidelines: Biggest game of the season
On Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles rode a very good second half performance to beat the Washington Redskins by the score of 28-13. The Eagles were only winning by one point at halftime. In the second half, they managed to pull away, using consistent offensive performance for the first time this season. I do feel bad for the Redskins though, as they lost their back-up QB to another broken leg.
The Eagles’ win was essential and improves their record to six and six on the season. With this solid win, they have to step up again this week for the most important game of the season and go up against the first-place Dallas Cowboys.
If the Eagles win, both teams will have a record of 7 and 6 and be tied for first place in the division. I really didn't think I would be saying that at this point, but it sure will make for good viewing. That's IF the Eagles choose to show up. I still think the ceiling for the Eagles will be the first round of the playoffs, but they are definitely making the end of the season a lot more interesting.
In college football, my predictions don't usually come true, but for once I was correct as to what teams would make the playoffs. Number one seed Alabama will play Oklahoma in one semifinal and Notre Dame will play Clemson in the other. I don't have sure favorites, but I am hoping for some really good games to watch. Alabama is the clear favorite to win, but they almost lost to Georgia in the SEC championship game, so anything is possible. The semifinal games will be played on Dec. 29.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia Phillies fans, ace lefty Patrick Corbin decided to sign with the Washington Nationals for six years, instead of signing with the Phillies. I hope the Phillies can find a left-handed starter to add to their rotation at some point this off-season. I am happy with the trade that the Phillies made with the Seattle Mariners to get their all-star shortstop Jean Segura and two relief pitchers. The Mariners received first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford in the trade. This trade opens up first base for Rhys Hoskins, which is his more natural position than left field.
See you on the sidelines!