Return of The Mac
Today Donovan McNabb returns to try and salvage the Philadelphia Eagles season against the N.Y football Giants. For the past two weeks backup A.J. Feeley has been at the helm while McNabb nursed ankle and thumb injuries. McNabb was sacked 12 times in the first meeting of these two teams, the Eagles will have tackle Williams Thomas and running back Brian Westbrook who did not play in the first meeting.
The game plan is simple for the Eagles today – win and you’re still alive for the postseason, provided you get some help from other teams. Lose – and it’s a wrap. Prepare to see rookie Kevin Kolb for the remainder of the season.
Desperate times call for desperate measures – and no team has killed the Giants more in the past 3-4 years than Westbrook, the plan is simple – get it to Westbrook as much and as often as possible, including special teams – if last week’s near game-winning return wasn’t an indication that Andy Reid needs to stop playing him like he’s made of glass, nothing will. He’s been relatively healthy all season and he’s more rested at this point of the season than he’s ever been. Westbrook should see between 30-35 touches for the remainder of the season – this can only open up the offense for L.J. Smith, the deep routes run by Kevin Curtis and the intermediate routes designed for Reggie Brown.
This will allow McNabb to pick his spots and not try to force the ball down the field – and of course keep the Philly BooBirds silent.