Thursday Night in the National Football League has been a hit and miss evening for football fans. Some weeks, Thursday night provides amazing entertainment. Then there are weeks when the games would put hyperactive children to sleep. This being the last Thursday Night game of the season, we can only hope it’s a good one.
And, in fairness, we could get a hit. If the home side, the Philadelphia Eagles decide that playing out the string is easier than battling to the proverbial death to win games down the stretch, then it might be a blow out. But if the Eagles play with the heart they showed last week in their 23-21 comeback win against Tampa Bay, the n this might be the game of the year.
This is a huge game for the Cincinnati Bengals. After a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week, Cincinnati is 7-6 on still on the verge of winning a wild card spot in the AFC. While 4-9 Philly is out of the playoff hunt, there might still be some kick left in a team that must win to save Andy Reid’s job.
The Eagles are also a team that has a young quarterback with an opportunity to win a full-time job. If Nick Foles can play as well as he did down the stretch against Tampa last week, he might win himself a full-time job next season. After all, it’s unlikely Michael Vick will be back in Green and Silver next year.
This game might not look like a classic on the surface, but there is a chance, that a Cincinnati-Philadelphia match to open Week 15 could be a lot better than we think. After all, if the Bengals win this week and then beat Pittsburgh next week, they could be in the playoffs.
Here’s hoping, at least.
Last week The Doc was 10-6 straight up (133-75) and 9-7 (103-105) against the spread. The Coach was 10-6 straight up (134-74) and 10-6 against the spread (103-105).
Once again, The Doc writes our insightful and learned justifications while The Coach eats popcorn and coughs…
Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-9) Line: Bengals by 4.
The Eagles ended a two-month winless drought last week in Tampa Bay but are still out of any kind of playoff contention…in fact one may say Andy Reid is just trying to pad his severance package at this point. Rookie QB Nick Foles looked sharp last week tossing for 381 yards, but he now faces a Bengals secondary that not looked sharp as of late; they’ve allowed 320 yards the past two games. This is a must-win for the Bengals coming off their disappointing loss to the Cowboys. I think they can regroup, even on the road in a close one. The Coach says: “The Bengals must win. The Eagles would like to win. I’ll take Andy Dalton, even on the road, before I’d take Nick Foles in his own backyard.”
THE DOC: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
THE COACH: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.