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Donovan McNabb acknowledges the applause from the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, a greeting few expected.
Donovan McNabb acknowledges the applause from the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, a greeting few expected.
Posted: October 06, 2010

Stop the presses

Sorry to be late reporting this, but I was so caught up in the emotion of Artis Hicks' return to the Linc that it passed me by on Monday.

But hang onto your hats - a member of the national media said something nice about Philadelphia fans.

Peter King of SI.com wrote: "I think the Eagles fans did one of the classiest things I've seen in that city in - well, in forever - when they heartily cheered Donovan McNabb."

King goes on to say that the McNabb trade can't be fully evaluated for some time, but "on this day, I thought the costar of the show was the Philadelphia crowd."

Not-so-special teams

Miami's implosion on national television Monday night got special-teams coach John Bonamego fired on Tuesday morning.

Dolphins linebacker Tim Dobbins plays on special teams and said he was embarrassed.

"We all should be," he said. "We let the whole team down."

Ravens prove to be road warriors

The hottest team in the league right now might be Baltimore.

The Ravens (3-1) handed the only losses of the season to the Steelers and the Jets - both on the road. They were only the 12th visiting team to win in the last 50 games at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

"We've got a bunch of tough guys, mentally tough guys," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I think we're a very composed team right now. I think we're a very smart team right now. We want to keep building on that."

Three of Baltimore's first four games were on the road. Five other teams had the same challenge (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit, Arizona, and San Francisco) and none came away with a winning record.

Now, of course, the Ravens get to play seven of their final 12 regular-season games in the comfy confines of M&T Bank Stadium.

(Is it a sign of the times that a stadium is named M-T bank?)

For the record

With his 133-yard, two-touchdown rushing game on Sunday, LaDanian Tomlinson joined Jim Brown as the only backs ever to rush for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a game 25 times.

Jim Brown, lest we forget, retired after the 1965 season.

Name of the week

Danny Woodhead, the Patriots running back who has no problem sticking his head in there.

 

NFC Least?

Every team in the NFC East already has lost two games.

Washington (2-2) leads the Least based on division wins over the Cowboys (1-2) and Eagles (2-2). This is the same Redskins team that failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Cowboys, blew a 17-point lead at home in a loss to Houston, and dropped a game to St. Louis.

The New York Giants (2-2) have lost games by 24 and 19 points.

The Eagles, among all of their other pecadillos, have yet to win at home.

And former NFC Least member Arizona is, you guessed it, off to a 2-2 start.

 


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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