- The Washington Times - Monday, December 22, 2008


“It wasn’t a homecoming game. It was more like a mock funeral. We spoiled their day. It was probably the best concert ever in Irving, Texas.” — Ravens running back Willis McGahee after Baltimore beat Dallas in likely the last game at Texas Stadium


Flyers dominate Capitals — Eight months after a Game 7 loss to the Flyers in last year’s playoffs, the Caps hoped to get a bit of revenge Saturday. Instead it turned into a laugher, with the Flyers winning 7-1. The rout exposed perhaps the Caps’ only significant weakness — goaltending — as both Brent Johnson and Jose Theodore were lit up in the loss. With rookie Simeon Varlamov impressing in two starts, he may be the one in goal if the teams meet again in the playoffs.

Ravens close Texas Stadium in style — With Cowboys greats Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and more in attendance, Dallas’ defense turned in a performance fitting for a high school stadium, not one of the NFL’s historic venues. The Ravens had a pair of long touchdowns runs in the fourth quarter to seal the win, and the Cowboys looked like anything but a playoff team. Bonus points for Ray Lewis, who yelled “Close this stadium down!” while celebrating the Ravens’ win.


1. NFC South: It’s hard to believe this is the same division that featured one winning team in 2007. If New Orleans beats Carolina next week, all four teams will finish above .500.

2. NFC East: The Redskins’ and Cowboys’ late-season slides take it down a notch, but all four teams likely would win the NFC West.

3. AFC East: The top three teams (Jets, Patriots and Dolphins) are closer to average than great, but it’s a welcome change of pace from the days of the Patriots and three terrible teams.

4. AFC South: Tennessee has been dominant all year, and Indianapolis is coming on strong. The Texans have rebounded nicely from an 0-4 start.

5. AFC North: Extremely top-heavy with Pittsburgh and Baltimore; Cincinnati and Cleveland are two of the NFL’s five worst teams.



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