If the general consensus is that the Eagles are suffering from a Super Bowl hangover, then the good news is that the rest of their division is too busy doing shots of tequila (figuratively speaking) to care.
That is the only thing one can surmise, as witnessed by the fact that no team in the division has a winning record five weeks into the season. The Washington Redskins had a chance to be the early front runners, but went to New Orleans and got blown out in a game where yours truly was more interested in watching weather coverage of Hurricane Michael by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.
In my opinion, the Redskins were 2-1 going into the New Orleans game only because they hadn’t faced any team of substance, and Drew Brees and the Saints quickly put them back in their place.
But while the rest of the division wallows in mediocrity, your hometown Birds seem like they don’t want to be left out of happy hour at the “NFC Least Bar & Grill” either. The Eagles lost another game on Sunday that they probably would have won last year, as even though they managed to erase a 20-3 deficit to make it a 20-14 contest and were 24 yards away from taking the lead, that drive ended up with no more than a punt.
Yes, that’s right ladies and gentlemen – 2nd & 4 at the Vikings 24 yard line and the best this team can do is punt. But that’s what happens when dumb penalties have become a staple of your young season.
And even after they managed to pin the Vikings all the way down at their own 10 yard line, Minnesota was still able to drive the ball down and kick a field goal to put the game out of reach. There was no Brandon Graham strip sack a la last year’s Super Bowl. No big stop on 3rd down to give the offense another crack at reaching the end zone.
The “top shelf” liquor that this team was drinking from last season has now been replaced by the cheapest house brand, which is tainted and severely watered down.
This team could easily be 5-0 right now. But they could just as easily be 0-5. Meet in the middle and you have a mediocre product.
Luckily, there is still time to right the ship, but as we near the halfway point of the season, even Father Time only gives you so many chances.
The Eagles could beat the Giants this week and it wouldn’t be a surprise. Conversely, they could get beat in a close game and it would not shock anyone either. Such is the state of your Birds these days.
The Eagles will not only have to deal with Giants stud running back Saquon Barkley, but also a passing attack that features Odell Beckham Jr. The loss of safety Rodney McLeod for the year will not help in that respect, and the defense is still waiting for someone in the secondary to step up and fill his void.
I’m not sure what to think anymore. The Birds are defending Super Bowl champions and still have a good portion of their team intact from last season, so the hope is that they eventually turn on the switch and play like it.
The Eagles players will tell you that they are a much better team than their record indicates, but their fans are still waiting for some corroborating evidence to back up that statement.
My heart tells me that the Birds will win, but my head tells me otherwise. I’ll go with my heart…at least for this week.
Birds win 24-16. If not, the flight for the Eagles game in London in a few weeks could seem a LOT longer than seven hours…
Amit’s Marquee Matchups of the Week (all games on Sunday and in EST unless noted otherwise):
Bears at Dolphins 1:00 PM FOX
Steelers at Bengals 1:00 PM CBS
Ravens at Titans 4:25 PM CBS
Jaguars at Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS