At the halfway point of the 2011 season, very little has gone according to plan for the locally-connected athletes and coaches on the
There's plenty of football left to look ahead to and plenty of first-half highlights to pore over. The following midseason update will offer a look at both.
REID WAKING FROM
With each prominent player the
Once the Eagles actually started playing games, however, it became ever more apparent that a stacked roster on paper doesn't automatically translate to success on the field.
Losers of four in a row after opening with a win over the hapless
Now, having won their last two against divisional foes, a 20-13 win over the
"It's important you have the right attitude to correct mistakes," Reid, a former offensive lineman at Glendale Community College, told the Associated Press after the win over Dallas, which saw the Eagles improve to 13-0 following a bye week under Reid. "We'll continue to do that. We've got plenty of room to improve."
The second half begins with a Monday Night Football matchup against the visiting
"We look forward to the challenge of playing the Chicago Bears," Reid said in comments at a press conference posted on philadelphiaeagles.com. "They're playing good football and they're a good football team.
"We've had an opportunity to play them quite a few times, so they know us and we know them. It should be an exciting, good football game."
The former Glendale Community College quarterback's first season as head coach of the
The Raiders started out an up-and-down 2-2 after alternating wins over the
Then the franchise was rocked to its core by the death of architect and patriarch, owner
"[Oct. 8] was a tough day, but I could see the gleam in their eyes," Jackson told the Associated Press of his team on Oct. 9. "They weren't going to stop fighting. We truly, honestly believed that coach [Davis] was here with us today. I believe that wholeheartedly. I know he's looking down on this team and he's with us every step of the way.
"Trust me when I tell you this is coach Davis' football team. I'm just getting the opportunity to run it and lead it. Everything I do is with every thought (with him). That's going to be my guiding light as I go through this season."
Oakland followed up its emotional win over Houston with a 24-17 win over the
"This guy can play and he knows how to play the game and he knows how to elevate the players around him," Jackson told the Associated Press of Palmer. "There's no question you go on offense as good as your quarterback is. I think he's one of the best and that's why he's on this football team now. I didn't bring him here because he was just a guy sitting out there. I brought him here because I think he can help this team win a championship."
Although he didn't start Oct. 23 against the
SET FOR DEBUT
After spending the offseason recovering from a broken ankle that ended his 2010 season on Nov. 14, Barden, a receiver with the Giants, was hoping to get back on the field sooner rather than later in 2011.
The Flintridge Prep graduate has yet to play a down this season, though, and its only been roughly two weeks since he was cleared to resume football activities. But today's game at New England will likely see Barden's season debut, as he was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday.
With key offensive players
The Giants (5-2) have built a nice lead over the rest of the NFC East, which doesn't include another team with a record over .500. New York's schedule gets tougher beginning today, however, as four of its next five opponents, the Patriots, 49ers, Eagles,
BY BACK TROUBLE
Britton, 24, who graduated from Burroughs High in 2005, has played in four of Jacksonville's eight games, starting three. He had worked his way back after being injured during the 2010 season when he suffered a herniated disk while lifting weights in August. The injury required minor surgery.
He missed the season-opener against the
He did not play Oct. 2 against the New Orleans Saints, but returned to the lineup the next week, starting at left guard against the Cincinnati Bengals. During that game, however, he was moved to right tackle after
The Jaguars (2-6 and in third place in the