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110 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 Fredman's Football News & Views Eagles batter Rams to move into top NFC position By Dave Frederick The Eagles versus the Rams game began last Sunday at the ex- act moment Steve McNair of the Titans ran a quarterback draw for two yards for the tying touchdown against the Giants with nine sec- onds on the game clock. Philadel- phia fans were screaming, believ- ing the Eagles were a team of des- tiny. Destined for what remained the unanswered question. Part of the answer came early in the first quarter of the Eagles game when the Titans kicked an overtime field goal to beat the Gi- ants sending the Eagles up by three games in the Eastern Divi- sion. The "New York Post" fried and fricasseed coach Jim Fassel the next morning running the headline "Bungle Jim!" Kurt Warner played like a "girlie man" the entire afternoon being sacked eight times, fum- bling the ball away on his first trip out of the pocket and throwing a first quarter interception to Bobby Taylor for the only touchdown needed in theEagles 10-3 unsus- pected victory. "Did you see that defense out there today," said Eagles tight end Chad Lewis. "I just love to go to war with those guys." Emie Conwell, the Rams tight end, said, "When you have two good football teams that come out and play, it's typically the team that makes the most mistakes that ends up losing this type of game. But I tell you What, their defense forced us into a lot of things." Warner was sacked by Shawn Barber in the first quarter. Barber not only caused the fumble, but recovered it and advanced the ball six yards. A beautiful 26-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Feeley to James Thrash in the comer of the epd zone was called back be- cause of a hands-to-the-face penalty called on left tackle Tre Thomas. Warner was intercepted by Bob- by Taylor the next time he got his hands on the football. Taylor stepped in front of the receiver and returned the ball 23 yards for Continued on page 116 Dan Cook photos Above, Rams quarterback Kurt Warner bad a less-than- spectacular return to the starting lineup versus the Eagles last Sunday. At right, Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent breaks up a pass to Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce. Above, Eagles running back Dorsey Levens jukes Rams cor- nerback James Whitley. At left, third string Eagles quarter- back A.J. Feeley turned in a respectable performance, "that doesn't include covering the spread." So who are the Philadelphia Eagles? How good are they and how over-hyped are teams like the 49ers and St. Louis Rams? Is Coach Andy Reid a genius? Please, give me a break on that one. The press is poised to pounce on the Mas- ter of the one-liner clich6, but his teams just keep winning more than they did the year before. If the Eagles nail down home field position throughout the playoffs with a :. - .g ,, il third team quarterback, and McNabb comes back to lead them to the Super Bowl, Reid's face will be muraled on end block row house walls in South Philadelphia. Yes, that will be scary at night. It's amazing the San Francisco 49ers could be picked apart by Koy Detmer on Monday night football. Detmer belongs in the video, "If you're going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." But it was the 49ers who played like pan- sies except for Garrison Hurst, who has la- tent gender identity issues. The low down deal is that the Eagles have weaknesses for sure, but may have less than any other team in the NFL, includ- ing the overblown Oakland Raiders. A.J. Feeley is no chump and can play quarter- back in the NFL. He will be starting some- where in the next two years. Let's get off the Michael Vick bandwag- . , ,Continued O n page 116 By Dave Frederick PRO FOOTBALL - Here is a column filled with opinions and misguided insights. If there were truly a scientific method to ex- plain and predict the outcome of profes- sional football games, then most compul- sive gamblers would be rich instead of dis- astrously broke. Even the "pigskin pick- ers" working on the nation's biggest news- papers seldom run better than 60 percent, and as they say at the sandwich counter Read and react: Eagles get real! Compared to what?