This team seems to be making a habit of this.
Three times in their last four home games dating back to last season, their opponent has gotten within ten yards of the end zone in the closing minutes of the game with a chance to win.
And all three times, the Eagles have come up victorious.
The first game of the three was the reason their playoff run continued last season, and one of the main reasons we can emphatically declare them Super Bowl champions for the first time.
But with the exception being the NFC Championship against the Vikings, the Eagles sit at 2-1 on this young season because their defense stiffened when it needed to, and stopped the Falcons and Colts when they were in danger of stealing the game.
The Birds could have easily been 0-3 right now, and contemplating what might have been. But good teams find a way to win these games, which is what the Eagles are.
But how long can this go on? How many weeks can this team expect their defense to pull a rabbit out of their hat?
To be fair, they were playing with their backup quarterback (Nick Foles) the first two weeks, though the “devil’s advocate” in me will say that this is the same backup quarterback who won them the Super Bowl last season.
In addition, the “chosen one” (Carson Wentz) was understandably a little rusty his first week back, as witnessed by his best Johnny Manziel impression, when he stared down Zach Ertz on a poorly thrown pass that was intercepted by the Colts Anthony Walker. Luckily, Indianapolis could only muster a 31-yard field goal, which helped to mitigate the damage.
It also didn’t help that the Eagles were still playing like a “MASH” unit, with many of their starters, including wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and running backs Darron Sproles and Jay Ajayi, still out last week. Luckily, Wendell Smallwood came up big in their place, and Bucks County rookie Josh Adams and 2nd year back Corey Clement played admirably as well.
This week, the Birds travel to Nashville to face the Titans and maybe catch a country music concert while they are there. Not sure if Elvis will be making the trip from Graceland for the game, but it does look like many Eagles fans are hoping to make it a grand old party at the Grand Ole Opre, as many are expected to travel out to the “music city” to cheer on their Birds.
As of now, it looks like Alshon Jeffrey should be back in the lineup, which will help the Eagles and Carson Wentz get their groove back in the passing game.
It has been a long time since the days of the “Music City Miracle” for the Titans, but they currently stand at 2-1 as well and are hoping that Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota can be their future savior…if he can actually stay healthy.
This will not be an easy game for the Birds on the road, but Wentz and the crew will prevail 24-16, before partaking in any country line dancing.
Amit’s Marquee Matchups of the Week (all games on Sunday and in EST unless noted otherwise):
Vikings at Rams 8:20 PM FOX/NFL Network (Thurs)
EAGLES at Titans 1:00 PM FOX
Buccaneers at Bears 1:00 PM FOX
Dolphins at Patriots 1:00 PM CBS
Bengals at Falcons 1:00 PM CBS
Ravens at Steelers 8:20 PM NBC
Chiefs at Broncos 8:15 PM ESPN (Mon)
The Last Word:
Ladies & gentlemen, meet “Gritty”, the brand new mascot that the Flyers unveiled this week.
At first glance, this looks like a character from “Fraggle Rock” gone awry.
Plus, as opposed to endearing (e.g the Philly Phanatic), this creature looks like something that my six year old niece and two year old nephew would be terrified of.
If this is a harbinger of things to come, the Flyers may be in for a very long season….