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1. Is there someone worse Matt Dodge could have kicked to?

Didn't we just say that if we learned anything from Sunday's NFL action it's kick the ball out of bounds? The Vikings did that for much of Monday's game against the Bears, but Devin Hester made them pay when they didn't. Hester's 14th return TD set a new NFL record, but is he more fearsome than DeSean Jackson? Punt return quiz!

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At this point, you get the feeling Bobby Hoying could line up at quarterback for the Eagles and have a pretty good day. But in the midst of an otherwise stellar performance, topping 300 passing yards for the third time in five career starts, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb was involved in a play that raises questions about the safety of NFL players and the long-term health of the league.

Kolb's pass to DeSean Jackson in the second quarter brought Jackson directly into the path of Falcons corner Dunta Robinson. The resulting collision earned Robinson a flag for hitting a defenseless receiver and left both players on the ground for some time. Jackson left the game with a concussion, while Robinson also failed to return.

In the wake of an incident in Saturday's Rutgers-Army game that left a Rutgers player paralyzed from the neck down, the issue of player safety is front and center in football. But was Robinson's hit dirty, poorly executed or just an unfortunate reality of a violent sport?


If you enjoyed this particular hit- you'd be better off watching (or better, starring in) a "Jackass" movie.

-- vweaver69

I'm asking how DJ was defenseless. Please explain. He caught the ball, took a step and was looking right at DR and got hit. How is that hitting a defenseless player. He had the ball in his hands. How is he not allowed to hit somebody who has the ball in his hands?

-- Snymax721

"Safety for players" WHAA! "These are human beings" Whaa!! Quit crying .... The guys are paid millions to play. safety is a risk they take. Go watch "Steel magnolias" There are real football fans here.

-- Calstl32

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We wonder if Donovan McNabb would still be eager to see his new team bring in Terrell Owens now?

The Redskins have the quarterback they want, and it appears they have the quarterback DeSean Jackson didn't want. Harkening back to T.O. at his Philly finest, the current Eagles receiver wasn't exactly diplomatic in expressing that he was "happy" when his team made the move to trade McNabb and hand the job to Kevin Kolb.

But where there is hot air, is there fire? Jackson and the T.O. of old might not be the most credible witnesses against McNabb, but as NFC East blogger Matt Mosley suggests, Jackson might not be the only current Eagles player who wasn't eager to come to McNabb's defense. So is it possible McNabb wasn't the victim of Philly petulance -- from fans and teammates -- he was painted to be?

Cosmo (Anytown, USA)

Can you remember a stranger QB-city relationship than McNabb and Eagles' fans? Do you think having that behind him will result in a better season for McNabb in Washington?

Football Scientist K.C. Joyner
K.C. Joyner

Cosmo, you know I'm a fan of the Philly fans, but let's be blunt about this - they've always had strained relationships with their QBs. Ron Jaworski took them to a Super Bowl and the fans stlll bashed him mercilessly. Washington fans will certainly back McNabb more but I'm not sure that will lead to better on-field play. Full transcript


Jackson is quoted in this article as saying he didn' think they lost anything. I don't see that as negative towards McNabb as much as confidence in Kolb.

-- yopauly73

It still blows my mind that you guys openly burn McNabb and aren't grateful for him being the BEST QB IN YOUR FRANCHISE HISTORY. No wonder everyone hates Philadelphia the city, the people, and the fans.

-- FightForOlDC

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