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GUARANTEED, RHODES STILL DIGS LOMAS

by | Nov 21, 2008 | Detroit Free Press | 0 comments

The Philadelphia Eagles made chopped liver out of the Lions in the playoffs last Saturday, but coach Ray Rhodes still hasn’t eased up on Detroit.

Rhodes couldn’t help but get in one last dig on Lions tackle Lomas Brown’s ill-fated victory guarantee.

“For a guy like myself, I like that kind of stuff,” Rhodes said. “That was the missing ingredient that I needed.”

Rhodes wouldn’t reveal what Brown said to him in their brief postgame conversation, but one Eagles assistant coach said Brown told Rhodes to keep him in mind when free-agency season begins.

Rhodes said he was more worried about wide receiver Brett Perriman, who left the game in the first half because of a sprained knee, than NFL record-setter Herman Moore.

“Perriman’s an outstanding football player,” Rhodes said. “Everybody talks about Herman Moore. But I really thought Perriman was the key to their offense. Moore makes a lot of plays. But Perriman is the guy who’s the heart and soul of their football team. He’s a fearless guy who will go inside and make tough catches.” By Curt Sylvester SECOND ROUND Buffalo at Pittsburgh
* MATCHUP: Pittsburgh 11-5; Buffalo 11-6.
* WHEN: 12:30 p.m. today.
* TV/RADIO: NBC (Channel 4 in Detroit); WTKA-AM (1050), joined in progress after U-M basketball.
* LINE: Steelers by 6 1/2. Green Bay at San Francisco
* MATCHUP: San Francisco 11-5; Green Bay 12-5.
* WHEN: 4 p.m. today.
* TV/RADIO: Fox (Channel 2 in Detroit); WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
* LINE: 49ers by 10. Philadelphia at Dallas
* MATCHUP: Dallas 12-4; Philadelphia 11-6.
* WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
* TV/RADIO: Fox (Channel 2); WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
* LINE: Cowboys by 14. Indianapolis at Kansas City
* MATCHUP: Kansas City 13-3; Indianapolis 10-7.
* WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday.
* TV/RADIO: NBC (Channel 4); WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).
* LINE: Chiefs by 10.
* STAFF PICKS (against the line): Mitch Albom — Buffalo, Green Bay, Dallas, Kansas City. Perry A. Farrell — Buffalo, Green Bay, Dallas, Indianapolis. Curt Sylvester — Buffalo, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Indianapolis. Charlie Vincent — Buffalo, San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City.

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