During last year's Super Bowl run, the Eagles had just one 100-yard penalty game and two 90-yard games.
"Some are a lack of concentration, like offsides and illegal procedure," Reid said. "Those are a lack of concentration. Some others have been the result of aggressive play. Sometimes too aggressive.
"The aggressive penalties I can live with, but the concentration ones have to stop. There's no excuse for them."
Four of the Eagles' 10 penalties in Saturday's 27-21 loss to the Cardinals were false-start penalties. Noise hardly was a contributing factor in quiet Sun Devil Stadium.
Reid's offensive line, which is missing its season-opening starting center and left tackle, has been guilty of many of the "concentration" penalties. Second-year right guard Shawn Andrews had two false-start penalties against the Cardinals.
In the last five games, the Eagles' offensive line has committed 22 penalties.
Quotes and Notes
--In the Eagles' first 14 games, they managed just four kickoff returns of 30 or more yards. On Saturday, they replaced Rod Hood with Bruce Perry, who was signed off the club's practice squad earlier in the week. In his first NFL game, Perry averaged 31.7 yards per return on six kicks, including a game-opening 49-yarder.
"He did some good things out there," coach Andy Reid said. "He was very decisive. He read the blocking, then took it right in there."
Perry, a running back who was the club's seventh-round pick in the '04 draft, will return kickoffs again Sunday against Washington and also get a few carries.
--Mike McMahon had another poor game Saturday, completing just 12 of 33 passes against the Cardinals and throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown. It was his sixth touchdown in the last four games and the third interception returned for a TD. McMahon has completed 50 percent of his passes in just one of his six starts, yet Andy Reid has given no indication that he'll make a quarterback change for Sunday's final regular-season game against Washington.
"He's made some mistakes," Reid said. "But everybody around him, myself included, needs to pick up their games. It gets pointed at him, but it's not all him."
--DE Jevon Kearse's knee sprain is not as serious as initially feared, and there's a possibility he'll play in Sunday's final game against Washington.
--CB Sheldon Brown has a slight MCL sprain in his right knee, which may restrict his practicing this week, but it shouldn't keep him out of the final game against Washington.
--WR Darnerien McCants has an AC sprain in his shoulder joint. He'll probably be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington.
--RT Jon Runyan suffered knee and quad contusions in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals. There was considerable swelling Monday, which likely will restrict his practice time this week. But he'll play against Washington on Sunday.
--QB Mike McMahon continues to nurse a sore hip, but he probably won't miss any practice time this week. He is expected to play Sunday against Washington.
REPORT CARD VS. CARDINALS
PASSING OFFENSE: F -- The offensive line did a poor job of dealing with the Arizona blitz, but even when Mike McMahon did have time, he couldn't complete passes. He completed just 12 of 33 passes and had an interception returned for a touchdown by LB Karlos Dansby.
RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The Eagles might've had a little more luck in the passing game if they had been able to get the Cardinals to respect the run. But that never happened. Rookie Ryan Moats, so impressive in the past two games, was held to 13 yards on nine carries.
PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Eagles' pass defense, which has struggled all season, couldn't stop the one-dimensional Cardinals, allowing Josh McCown to complete 71 percent of his passes. Pro Bowl FS Brian Dawkins blew a coverage to that left Anquan Boldin wide open for one of McCown's two touchdown passes.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Eagles at least didn't become the first team to allow the Cardinals to rush for 100 yards this season, holding them to 75 yards on 32 carries.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus -- Rookie Bruce Perry made the most of his first opportunity to return kickoffs, taking one back 49 yards and averaging 31.7 per return. Dexter Wynn had a 27-yard punt return. The coverage units again were solid.COACHING: F -- Getting a team that's out of the playoffs up for a Christmas Eve game against a bad team on the other side of the country is a difficult job. Andy Reid didn't come anywhere close to accomplishing it.
New York Giants
The Giants backed into the playoffs slightly more than 24 hours after they were waffled by the Washington Redskins, 35-20.
And they are still in first place in the NFC East, too, all in all the best that can be made out of such a somber performance at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., last Saturday.
A victory would have propelled the Giants to the division title and a guaranteed home game in the first round (the fact that they lost Saturday and Chicago won Sunday now makes a first-round bye impossible). But instead they played as poorly as they have since a third-week rout in San Diego.
"The best thing we can do," said coach Tom Coughlin, who failed to hide his extreme disappointment, "is to put this game away and just consider that we have a one-game season to play. If we do things right, we should be able to recover from this game."
The one-game season starts and ends in Oakland on New Year's Eve. With a victory, the Giants will become the division champions -- no matter what Washington does in Philadelphia in its "one-game season" on Sunday.
The Giants head to Oakland with several concerns, some of them medical. Promising rookie middle linebacker Chase Blackburn, who started the past two games for Antonio Pierce (high ankle sprain), suffered a neck injury tackling Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and was strapped to a stretcher before being taken off on a gurney.
He was given a clean bill of health, however, aside from the fact that he's sore and has pain in the neck. He is unlikely to play Saturday night. Pierce also and strong-side linebacker Carlos Emmons also are unlikely to play.
Two other injured players on defense (reserve strong-side linebacker Reggie Torbor and starting tackle William Joseph) are likely to play.
The other concern will be the continuing erratic performance of quarterback Eli Manning. He was nowhere near his best against the Redskins, nor has he been a major factor in the past four games.
"We want to be in control of our destiny," Manning said, "and I simply have to play better. We have another chance next weekend (to clinch the division and secure a home game), and hopefully we'll have a better performance. I know I will."
Quotes and Notes
--Defensive end Michael Strahan was depressed after the loss at Washington, but, as he said, it could have been worse.
"If this was the last game of the season, or if this eliminated us and we had to watch the playoffs at home, there would be a major depression around here," he said. "But we have another chance to close this thing."
--Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that he thought there might have been holding on tight end Jeremy Shockey that allowed Redskin linebacker Lemar Marshall to intercept a pass that led to a touchdown.
"There certainly was contact," he said. "It is seldom the tight end gets a call in that situation."
--Coughlin admitted that among a handful of linebackers brought in as potential free agent signees was former Giant Jessie Armstead, who hasn't played since 2003.
"Yes, Jessie was one of three or four," he said, "but I'm not going to discuss chances or which linebacker we like. I'm also evaluating the injuries we have (among the linebackers) and I'll make a decision in the next few days."
--With a victory Saturday night in Oakland, the Giants would clinch a home game in the first weekend of the playoffs. Their opponent would be a wild-card team. The Giants were last in the playoffs after the 2002 season when they were a wild-card team, and they played (and lost) in the first round in San Francisco.
--MLB Chase Blackburn, a rookie free agent, scored one of the Giants' two touchdowns against the Redskins with a 31-yard interception return of a Mark Brunell pass. It was his first TD in the NFL. He had started his first game the previous week against Kansas City and responded with nine solo tackles.
--RG Chris Snee was called for a holding penalty on a TD pass from Eli Manning to WR Amani Toomer, even though repeated replays showed he did not hold. "The guy (defensive tackle) was trying to make a spin move and slipped, and Chris just threw him to the ground," coach Tom Coughlin said of his son-in-law. "Just because a guy is on the ground doesn't mean it was holding."
REPORT CARD VS REDSKINS
PASSING OFFENSE: C -- The growing pains suffered by QB Eli Manning, who has yet to complete his first season as a starter, continued almost unabated against the Redskins. He completed just 23 of 41 passes for 244 yards, was intercepted once and threw a TD pass. It is, however, his decision-making that has concerned the coaching staff, his determination to put the ball into places that are less than safe and his failure to hit clearly open receivers. He had sufficient blocking protection, and the Redskins did not engage in frequent blitz tendencies for fear of leaving a hole for the running game. Manning simply didn't play well, nor has he for the past month despite the Giants' now 10-5 record.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- The Giants offense has been carried on the shoulders of RB Tiki Barber for the bulk of December's games, but he was stopped, to an extent, by a concerted Washington effort that put eight men in the box and dared the Giants to break the game open by passing. The Giants couldn't do that, and as a result Barber, who had 220 yards the previous week, gained 80 with 16 carries vs. the Redskins. In all, the Giants gained just 99 yards rushing. The return of LT Luke Petitgout didn't help as much as was expected.
PASS DEFENSE: C-minus -- What pass defense? The Redskins completed 13 of 19 passes (one for 17 yards and a touchdown by RB Clinton Portis) for 233 yards and four TDs. WR Santana Moss caught three TD passes in his five receptions (for 160 yards). TE Chris Cooley, who has been a thorn in the Giants' side for two years, added five for 41 yards and the 17-yard TD catch from Portis. The Giants' cornerbacks -- Curtis Deloatch, Will Allen and rookie Corey Webster -- have had better games but perhaps not worse ones. Allen was beaten twice on long Moss completions; Deloatch was repeatedly exploited on short- and medium-range patterns, and Webster simply looked lost. There wasn't much of a pass rush -- neither end, Michael Strahan nor Osi Umenyiora -- contributed a sack although they had combined for 24 prior to that game.
RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Portis carried the ball 23 times and gained 108 yards, adding the Redskins' final TD on a 19-yard jaunt around end. In fact, it was the wide running that damaged the Giants, especially with the loss of SLB Carlos Emmons, MLB Antonio Pierce and the mid-game loss of Pierce's replacement, rookie Chase Blackburn (neck). The Giants have repeatedly been hurt by offenses that run wide, giving up serious yardage the week before to Larry Johnson of the Chiefs (167). There was precious little run support from the corner positions, either, with most of the help coming from SS Gibril Wilson.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Nothing much happened, good or bad, for the Giants on special teams. The one exception came when David Tyree, who made the NFC's Pro Bowl roster as the special teams player, was pushed out of bounds on a punt, came back in and downed the ball on the Redskins 6-yard line. He was flagged for going out of bounds, returning to the playing field and being the first to touch the ball, but that rule should not have been applied since he was pushed out by the two Redskins gunners. Nevertheless, the play stood (there are no provisions for challenging that call). PK Jay Feely made two of three field-goal attempts, increasing his team single-season scoring record for kickers. He now has 136 points.
COACHING: C-minus -- The staff cannot get a high grade since the team looked ill-prepared for what the Redskins offered, namely an all-out attempt to stop the running game. Quick drops and short patterns over the middle might have defeated that and forced the defense to drop off. It never happened. Instead, head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator John Hufnagel chose to throw deep in hopes of getting a quick score. It almost worked on the first play of the game (WR Plaxico Burress dropped a 50-yarder on the goal line) but after that, nothing much developed. The defensive coaches can't be faulted for the extraordinary number of injuries, especially to the linebacker corps.
The Cowboys will make their final playoff push with a new kicker.
Billy Cundiff, who missed two field-goal tries Saturday against the Panthers, was replaced Monday by Shaun Suisham, who was with the Cowboys for two games in November.
Cundiff missed a 32-yarder before halftime Saturday and a potential game-tying 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the latter miss was wiped out by a penalty, and Dallas went on to score the winning touchdown.
"I just had to do something," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said of the roster move. "You can't live with what's going on right now. You just can't live with it."
Suisham's return is the fifth kicking change of the season. Cundiff had been the incumbent kicker since 2002 before being injured and released in training camp. Jose Cortez won the job before being replaced by Suisham after seven games.
The Cowboys re-signed Cundiff Nov. 19 and released Suisham because they wanted some veteran experience down the stretch.
The move gave them little comfort. Cundiff missed three kicks under 40 yards, including a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to the Broncos on Thanksgiving Day that would have won the game in regulation.
Parcells said a lack of confidence in Cundiff began affecting the way the Cowboys called plays, thus affecting their ability to win. With a shot at the playoffs still possible, he said the Cowboys had to make a move.
"I'm excited," Suisham said. "This what I have been working for since I got released. I am back where I want to be. I want to help the team any way I can."
Quotes and Notes
--Cowboys coach Bill Parcells vehemently denied an ESPN report that he's contemplating retirement.
"I'm not talking about any of that (expletive)," Parcells said. "When you're 64 years old, they can say anything they want. They're probably going to be pretty close to being right, someday. You know what I mean."
Parcells refused to get into a discussion about his future, however. He has one year left on the four-year deal he signed with the Cowboys in 2003.
"I'm not saying anything," Parcells said. "I don't want any more questions about that. I'll say what I want to say when I want to say it about those subjects."
But Parcells slammed the published report.
"There is no one I have talked to no one about anything of that nature this whole season. I challenge anyone to step forward to say this guy said to me he was thinking about retirement."
--Parcells said the Cowboys did everything they could against the Panthers to take receiver Steve Smith out of the game before he eventually took himself out by bumping an official.
Dallas double-covered Smith on almost every play. Parcells said he has great respect for Smith, calling him one of the 10 best players in the league. He said he decided that Smith was not going to get a chance to beat the Cowboys. A frustrated Smith, considered by many to be an MVP candidate, caught one pass for 18 yards before getting ejected.
--S Roy Williams is expected to play against the Rams. Williams suffered a sprained ankle against the Panthers. The Cowboys signed S Tony Dixon for insurance purposes, but they believe Williams will be available.
--CB Anthony Henry remains hobbled by an abdominal strain, which kept him out of the Panthers game. Henry declared himself unable to play following practice last Thursday, one more reason the Cowboys are frustrated about a player who received a $10 million signing bonus in the offseason and who had no prior injury history. Henry has missed five starts this season because of injuries. The previous four were because of a strained groin.
--RB Julius Jones' breakout game against the Panthers was due to renewed confidence, not renewed health, coach Bill Parcells said. Parcells said Jones has for months been over the ankle injury that sidelined for three games earlier this year. In rushing 34 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, Jones just got the confidence to do in games what he's been doing in practice the last few weeks, Parcells said.
--QB Drew Bledsoe has thrown touchdown passes to win games in the final minute twice over the past three games. He threw a 2-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Terry Glenn with 24 seconds remaining to beat the Panthers. Against the Chiefs two weeks earlier, he connected with Dan Campbell from 1 yard out to win the game with 22 seconds left.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, that is as many game-winning touchdowns passes as Bledsoe has thrown in his previous 12 years in the league. He had two others in November 1998 when he was with the Patriots.
REPORT CARD VS. PANTHERS
PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Yes, QB Drew Bledsoe was sacked five times. But he was protected well enough to toss a game-winning touchdown pass to WR Terry Glenn. Maligned T Torrin Tucker had a strong game blocking Panthers DE Mike Rucker.
RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- RB Julius Jones finally went off, rushing 34 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He got some holes up front but also showed some make-'em-miss ability that he hasn't had all year.
PASS DEFENSE: B -- Despite injuries all around in the secondary and few big plays to Ricky Proehl and Drew Carter, the Cowboys harassed Carolina's best weapon, Steve Smith, into getting himself kicked out of the game. He was held to one catch for 18 yards.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- The Cowboys didn't give up anything on the ground, holding DeShaun Foster to 68 yards on 22 carries. It also ended a streak of three straight games of allowing a 100-yard back.
SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Cowboys won despite K Billy Cundiff's efforts to lose the game. He had a 32-yard attempt blocked because of low kick, and he missed wide right on a 33-yarder that would have won the game. He was saved by a running-into-the-kicker penalty. Also, give Tyson Thompson credit for setting up the final drive with 40-yard kickoff return.
COACHING: B -- The Cowboys are still alive, and that's all that they can ask for at the moment. Beating the Panthers on the road in comeback fashion after the embarrassing loss to Washington shows that this team has character and resiliency, no matter if it makes the playoffs or not.