Eagles’ fans are a blast. After a loss or close win over a perceived less-than-worthy opponent, you pretty much have to talk them off of the proverbial ledge. They’re ready to jump to their deaths while obscenely skewing their beloved Eagles for every stupid move, real or imagined. I feel for them, I really do.
In honor of these poor tormented souls, I’m going to torment them some more. First, as Bill Parcels reportedly once said, you’re as good as your record says you are. Under the Reid/McNabb regime, the Eagles have gone to the NFC Conference Championship 6 times, losing 5. The one time they made it to the show, Numero 5 puked on the field. Conclusion: these guys are almost prime time playas. One thing they’re not is champions. Not yet anyway.
According to the pundits, this will be the Eagles’ year. They’ll win the NFC East and ultimately return to the show. Someone in the media needs to slow his or her roll. The NFC East is sporting monster defenses accross the board. QBs with quick releases will help to a point, but running in this division will prove difficult. So, as offenses rely heavily on the pass and become predictable, defensive backs will likely pad their stats. All four teams will face the same challenge. The division will start out as more of a toss-up than the pundits apparently think. Injuries may very well be the X-factor, and we’re talking just one or two key injuries, not a slew of them.
I envision no team in the NFC East winning more than 10 games, and frankly expect two teams to go 10 and 6. Will the Eagles be one of them? Could be. Will they win the division outright? They have the talent, but nah. They’re perennial bridesmaids – it’s in their DNA.
All together now: Die Eagles Die, on the Road to Misery – Go Skins!