28 Oct 2007
I try to cut Don Banks some slack because it is impossible not to make mistakes in this type of quick react column. This week, however, he has a doozy:
"Didn't the Eagles used to have a running game? I mean, like late last season? Oh, that's right. That's when Jeff Garcia was their quarterback."
I mean, they ranked 2nd in running DVOA coming into the game. Or, if you're into conventional statistics, Westbrook and Buckhalter were both averaging over five yards per carry. Then they play the greatest run defense of recent memory and get stuffed. I'm not saying Donovan McNabb is above reproach, but this is absurd. At best, it speaks to a failure to understand the basic premise that the opposing team has an impact on how a team performs.
33 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2007, 1:19pm by Buff
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.