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The Battle for Happy Valley Bragging Rights

Sep 21, 2008, 3:56 PM EDT

(For the Phils-Marlins thread, see below this post)

One thing we hear a lot about here is that the Eagles-Steelers rivalry is yoooge up at Penn State, for obvious reasons. It may not be as intense in Philly and Pittsburgh proper, where divisional rivalries take precedence, but it’s still a pretty good one.


Eagles Cheerleaders 3, originally uploaded by The700Level.

As we’ve talked about throughout the week, this is a close matchup with both teams being pretty good. I still like the Birds’ chances though. Questions of the day include: Can the Andrews-less line provide adequate protection for McNabb? Can the front four get in Big Ben’s, maybe see how that shoulder is feeling early? Will the D be able to contain Willie Parker while keeping an eye on Santonio, Hines, and Heath? If at a wedding, Brian Westbrook’s host ran out of wine, could he turn water into Silver Oak?

On that O-line, Jamaal Jackson will be playing with a heavy heart after
attending funeral services for his brother yesterday. A father of four,
he was killed in a hit-and-run accident a week ago today.

I don’t know how I feel about this, but the panel of geniuses on ESPN NFL Countdown unanimously picked the Eagles to win. Keyshawn was pretty emphatic about it. Whatever, we’ll take it. The Birds are a damn good team, coming off a tough road loss. There’s going to be a lot of motivation not to go 1-2, and it’s a home game. The crowd, who is long since drunk by now with the 4:15 start, should be on fire. Go Birds.

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