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Thoughts From the Sidelines

Football, football and more football

By Sumner Spence | Nov 13, 2013

The Philadelphia Eagles' effort Nov. 10 against the Green Bay Packers was a bit of a snooze, but a win is a win. The Eagles' offense looked like players were still recovering from their stellar effort against the Oakland Raiders the previous week. The first touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Desean Jackson should have been intercepted by two Green Bay players, but fortunately for the Eagles, they ran into each other and gave the Birds a free touchdown.

This season seems to be the year of having to go deep into the roster to find healthy quarterbacks. Green Bay's loss of their second string quarterback, Seneca Wallace, in the beginning of the game certainly looked all too familiar. Everyone knew that Green Bay was already at a disadvantage playing shorthanded offensively with their all-pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers out for three to six weeks with a broken collarbone. Then Seneca Wallace pulls his groin in the first quarter and Green Bay has to tap into its third string quarterback, Scott Tolzien. By the time Tolzien got comfortable on the field, the game was out of reach.

This weekend's division game for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins will be a big test. The Redskins will be a desperate team after losing to Minnesota, dropping them to a record of 3-6 for the season. They will be at an advantage being full strength with their first string quarterback Robert Griffin III coming off his best game of the year and finally being injury free. With Michael Vick most likely sitting out for the remainder of the season, it will be up to Nick Foles to keep up the effort he has shown in the last two games.

College football outcomes are getting more interesting now that it is getting closer to determining who will play for the national championship in January. (Yes, that is a long way off, but it is college, and there are exams that must be taken.) It looks like it will be Alabama vs. Florida State if both teams remain undefeated. The BCS standings are being eliminated after this year, which will be good for college football, helping to clear up the current confusion that the current format causes. I say that because IF Oregon had been able to remain undefeated through last weekend, three undefeated teams would have been vying for the two spots in that championship game.

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