Sometimes a few days with little-to-no thought about a tough loss can mend some wounds. Not the case with the Eagles. I'm just as convinced today as I was on Sunday night that they're nothing more than a mediocre team with poor leadership.
After the jump I'll try to look at the schedule and figure out if the birds can find a backdoor into the playoffs and a quick exit.
|1||St. Louis||Win, 38-3||1-0|
|2||@ Dallas||Loss, 41-37||1-1|
|4||@ Chicago||Loss, 24-20||2-2|
|6||@ San Francisco||Win, 40-26||3-3|
|9||@ Seattle||Win, 26-7||5-3|
|10||New York Giants||Loss, 36-31||5-4|
|14||@ New York Giants||--||--|
Taking a look at the schedule above, this is how I see things going from here on out:
- Win @ Cincy (no one really cares, we hear things like "They should have won.")
- Win @ Baltimore (people, mostly Eagles employees and players, tout this as the game that's going to turn the season around. I get excited, despite knowing better)
- Win vs. Arizona (Andy Reid runs Westbrook about 25 times, the Eagles beat a team headed to the playoffs. I get completely pumped for the playoffs.)
- Loss @ Giants (Akers misses a 52-yarder at the buzzer which would have won it. Reid talks about how close they are. I realize, once again, that this team is full of spineless wonders. Westbrook rushes 10 times for 15 yards)
- Win vs. Cleveland (McNabb throws for 450 yards and 4 TDs in a blowout win. The McNabb 4 MVP campaign is started by the Eagles' PR department)
- Loss @ Washington (Portis runs wild, Reid calls 75% passes and wonders why they lost.)
- Win vs. Dallas (Romo and McNabb go head-to-head for a playoff berth. McNabb pukes on the field in the fourth quarter, then Romo fumbles he game away.)
10-6, they just barely get a wild card spot, and they're doomed to fail in the first round. How's that for perspective?