Eagles Beat Bengals

At least that’s what the headline should read. Today’s game has caused my mind to break with reality, and I now live in an alternate universe. In this happy place, my beloved football team did not tie the cellar-dwelling Bengals, they blew them away. The Eagles’ offense did not look like crap all game, they came out and took care of business like the playoff-bound team they are.

In this blissful nirvana, McNabb did not drop back more than 60 times to pass. On the contrary, Andy Reid took the pressure off his struggling quarterback by giving Brian Westbrook more than 20 carries . . . and he actually handed him the ball more than once in a row on several occasions!

In this euphoric world, Reid finally discovered that running the ball is a strategy, not an afterthought. He realized that he has the largest offensive line in the NFL and he rode them to victory. He allowed them to fire off the ball instead of dropping back into pass protection all game, wearing the other team down so that when he needed to convert a third-and-short, it was no problem because the Bengals’ defensive line was on its heels from being pushed backward all game.

Yes, all of this happened in my happy place.

Now, back to reality.

They say in sports that a tie is like kissing your sister, but I don’t think that applies here. When you need a missed field goal to barely escape losing to a 1-8 team, you are kissing something much worse than your sister. And to quote Forrest Gump: “That’s all I have to say about that.”

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