Birds lay an egg

The Philadelphia Eagles, my NFC Super Bowl pick, are now 0-2 after dropping a desultory 20-12 game to the Washington Redskins. For the second week in a row, the Philadelphia offense was offensive. Donovan McNabb looks like he's on the downside of his career, the "receivers" are that in name only and the Eagles have scored a whopping 25 points in two games. The defense is playing admirably given the total lack of support, and the crowd was in full-throated boo mode early and often.

Estimable Outsports poster Joe in Philly aptly summed up the disastrous end of the first half for Eagle fans: "Does this count as a turning point: the Redskins have the ball 2nd-and-goal at the 1 with 14 seconds left in the first half. They take a delay penalty and two false starts, pushing them back to the 16. The Redskins line up for a field goal attempt. Andy Reid calls time out (after the game he said the Eagles had 10 men on the field). The Redskins change their mind and end up getting a TD pass instead."

As for the Redskins, they are 2-0, but beating Miami and the Eagles isn't a whole lot to brag about. In the mediocre NFC, though, the Skins have as much a chance as anyone.

ESPN, which has pretty much ruined Monday Night Football with a lame three-man booth and annoying guests, is best watched with the sound down. I had a series of calls during the game and talking to various friends was much more enjoyable than listening to Tony Kornheiser demonstrate why he has no place as a game commentator. He should stick to "PTI," a niche where he excels. --Jim Buzinski

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