Fading stars (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday September 12, 2007 5:30PM; Updated: Thursday September 13, 2007 1:07AM
Over the same past three seasons, McNabb has won nine of 21 games and suffered two season-ending injuries. Since the 2004 Super Bowl season, the Eagles have a better record without McNabb (8-7) than with him (9-11). And that includes two months with Mike McMahon flinging passes to random destinations on or near NFL football fields.
Favre? Since the Packers beat the 49ers in the 1997 NFC Championship Game, he's lost six of eight playoff games, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in those eight games.
McNabb? He's completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in three straight starts going back before his 2006 knee injury. That's as many times as he completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes in his previous 41 games.
Through 2004, Favre won 65 percent of his starts.
Since 2005, he's won 39 percent.
Through 2004, McNabb won 71 percent of his starts.
Since 2005, he's won 45 percent.
The Packers used a first-round pick in 2005 to draft Aaron Rodgers out of Cal, and the Eagles used a second-round pick in 2007 to draft Kevin Kolb out of Houston. Both were sharp in the preseason, completing at least 62 percent of their passes and combining for five TDs and no interceptions.
It's tough to find the right time to say good-bye to a legend. Favre is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. McNabb a few years ago supplanted Randall Cunningham as the greatest quarterback in Eagles history.
They're two of the most gifted quarterbacks to ever play the game. Or maybe they just used to be.
3rd-and-1? Try Running
With the Ravens trailing the Bengals 9-0 late in the second quarter on Monday night, they faced a 3rd-and-1 on their own 29-yard-line. The play? A Steve McNair pass intended for Mark Clayton. It fell incomplete and the Ravens punted.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Ravens -- now ahead 20-19 -- had another 3rd-and-1, this time on their own 35. Another pass. This time, McNair's pass intended for Derrick Mason was intercepted by defensive end Robert Geathers near midfield and returned down to the 20. Two plays later, Carson Palmer threw the game-winning touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
If the Ravens -- who averaged 4.3 yards per run against the Bengals -- had just run the ball on those two 3rd-and-1 plays, they probably win the game.
Around the NFL over the weekend, teams converted 32 of 34 times when they ran on 3rd-and-1 (94 percent) but converted just five of 11 times when they threw (45 percent). These figures don't include third-and-goal situations.
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