This Eagles Game Thread Brought To You By... I Can't Find It, the Hell With It

This Eagles Game Thread Brought To You By... I Can't Find It, the Hell With It

That's all we got, three goddamn wins? You can't say "goddamn" on this blog. Don't worry, nobody is reading anyway.

The juice is gone, Monday night's loss to the Bears draining whatever backwash of enthusiasm remained at the bottom of most Eagles fans' tanks. The Birds have to win today, then beat the Giants at the Meadowlands next week before we can even begin to entertain playoff scenarios again. Even then, Philadelphia would be a disappointing 5-5, with tough opponents in the Patriots and Jets ahead, not to mention road trips to Seattle and Dallas coming off of short weeks.

Which is why when the 2-6 Arizona Cardinals get destroyed at the Linc on Sunday, we don't expect anybody to care.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict this game will not be exceptionally close. Vegas likes the Eagles by two touchdowns. The Cardinals are likely without starting quarterback Kevin Kolb. They are a two-win team from the NFC West, a division that includes three teams with five wins between them. Arizona's two wins this season were a fourth-quarter comeback against the equally hopeless 2-6 Panthers, and last week's 19-13 overtime thriller over the 1-7 Rams -- the same squad the Eagles mercilessly stomped 31-13 earlier. Oh, and rookie Patrick Peterson scored the game-winning touchdowns on punt returns in both victories.

So even though the Eagles have given us every reason to doubt them this season, all signs point to a W in this one. Now here's another bold prediction: the post-game reaction.

These guys aren't so bad!

They're still shitty.

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati


CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

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Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.