Having the chance to work with Redskins WR Antwaan Randle El this weekend for NFL Network has been really great, especially since he has handled himself well on TV and as a spot-on prognosticator.
Randle El said last night that if the Cardinals could get up early and put the game in QB Jake Delhomme’s hands, they could pull off the upset. Things played out that way.
Randle El said he also thinks teams that have a bye don’t have as much of an advantage since they typically don’t play meaningful games at the end of the regular season and haven’t played at optimum efficiency in weeks. He said this before the Titans and Panthers went down Saturday.
The early going of the Giants-Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game has started like he projected as well. Randle El said Philadelphia CB Asante Samuel would play a big role since he has been in so many big games like this, and Samuel picked off Eli Manning in the first quarter to set up the Eagles’ touchdown.
This is the first time Randle El said he has ever watched a game from the press box, and it’s killing him. Before the game started, when he saw players from both teams getting hyped to take the field, his adrenaline started pumping. He wanted to be out there badly, especially watching the Eagles, whom his Redskins beat twice.
When he got to the press box, Randle El was surprised at how quiet it was. I told him things will perk up as the game goes along, which they have.
— Steve Wyche is reporting from Giants Stadium