Somewhere in my “wishful thinking” mind, I’m hoping that the Eagles spent their bye weekend at a Halloween party, with Sam Bradford dressed as Tom Brady and his receivers dressed as Odell Beckham. And then, like a movie where the powers of the costume end up consuming the individual that wears it, they will return from the bye and play “in costume” for the remainder of the season.
Easier said then done I know. But as you are all aware, Halloween coincided with the Eagles bye week this year, which is ironic considering that the Birds play at times has been nothing but frightening. But luckily they play in the NFC East, where no team really scares anyone, so the division remains up for grabs.
This week, the Eagles began a stretch where they will play four straight winnable games against teams with losing records (Dallas, Miami, Tampa, and Detroit). Win all four, and they would sit at 7-4, and most likely at the top of the NFC “Least” standings. Of course, with this team, anything is possible, and they haven’t done anything to give the impression that they can actually go on an extended winning streak of any sort.
Tonight’s game pits the Birds against the Tony Romo-less Cowboys, who have loss five straight since Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks pummeled Romo into the ground back in Week #2 at the Linc in a 20-10 Cowboys victory, which happened to be the last time that Dallas actually won a game.
If the Cowboys hadn’t lost Romo due to injury, they could have easily been sitting at 6-1 instead of 2-5, and looking at the rest of the NFC East in their rearview mirror. Instead, they’re probably lamenting the fact that they did not have a capable backup quarterback to fill Romo’s shoes, the way that the Eagles do with Mark Sanchez.
The Birds problems on offense rest not with their backup, but with their starting quarterback Sam Bradford. Either Bradford makes bad throws, or his receivers drop good ones, which has been the theme through seven games.
When these two teams met back in September, the Cowboys were also without wide receiver Dez Bryant and defensive end Greg Hardy (due to injury and suspension, respectively). Hardy is able to play this time around and has the ability to be a terror to the opposing teams’ offense. Unfortunately for Hardy, he also seems to be quite a terror off the field as well, but that is a story for another time.
This game might end up being a 7-6 snoozer, with Hardy causing havoc on the Eagles offense, and Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel causing havoc on himself due to his poor play. Rumor has it that former Phillies ace and current Texas Ranger Cole Hamels may be next in line to play quarterback if Cassel falters. And why not? He probably couldn’t do any worse (the Hamels comment is in jest of course).
In reality, I think the scoring improves somewhat and the Eagles win 14-10. Wake me up when it’s over…
Amit’s Marquee Matchups of the Week (all times in EST and on Sunday unless noted otherwise):
Packers at Panthers 1:00 PM FOX – Game of the Week
Rams at Vikings 1:00 PM FOX
Raiders at Steelers 1:00 PM CBS