Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eagles vs. Redskins Preview

The Eagles opponent this week:

Storied franchise? Check.
Dysfunctional coaching staff? Check.
Underachieving QB? Check.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Eagles vs. Raiders: Part II

After last week's total brain fart of a game, there's no way any fan can not be extremely nervous about this game. After last week's game, there's no way this team doesn't come out and blow the Redskins off the field.

Any neutral observer has the Eagles as the more talented team as demonstrated by Vegas having them as a TD favorite on the road. There's no way Reid goes into a division game with half a game plan like last week. And I would imagine the players' pride is wounded enough to come out with several chips on their shoulders.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Eagles don't rebound from last week's dismal performance and trounce the Deadskins, they'll convince me they're not ready for print time, MNF or otherwise.

Ed Wade

12:11 PM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

Exactly. And they'll not be the team we think (and hope) they are.

12:35 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

Nicely done taking on the post mantle, Phil. We need it.

What scares me are the numbers vs. the Birds in the last half dozen Skins games. The Skins D is pretty stout this year despite the disfunction. They especially shut down the pass. God knows Reid won't allow that to change his game plan, which alarms me. This is the game I circled on my calendar pre-season as the make or break game. Win this and they hit the meat of their schedule at a respectable 4-2, ready to roll. Lose and they're another bad/average .500 NFL team in a sea of mediocrity. This was THE must win game before the season started, it remains so now. I just don't know. After last week's unprepared effort by coachign staff and players alike, I just don't know what to expect.

More alarmingly, I can't care. Win or lose what does it matter? They aren't an elite team and they certainly aren't going anywhere this year, so why get all verklempt when they look lousy or giddy when they look great. The franchise across the street has fully supplanted them from a "man up", "comign up big in the clutch", "winning the big one", and "having a likeable team and ownership" standpoint. The Phils have pretty much rendered the Birds pointless in my world, which isn't such a bad thing. Sundays are less stressful. unfortunately, as Ed can attest, I now hang on every pitch like I used to do with every snap.

Bumble

8:51 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the Phillies run certainly makes it easier to be a Philadelphia phan these days, I feel Bumbles indifference could be the beginning of the end for this regime. Who, on this birds team, do you really WANT to win, to root for, the guy who leaves it all on the field every game ? Dawk is gone, B-West is consistently hurt, who else on this team has any charisma to generate some passion ?
The head coach's standoffishness and the owners bragging about his "gold standard" without winning the big game suggest that they are no longer the "underdog" that the philly fan loves to root for. Anybody else feeling the same ?

12:38 PM EDT  
Anonymous Big Dog said...

uh.........yes. But then I look around the league and see slop. You have the good and the terrible. So many Dogs. I have hope for the Birds, but it must start tonight. Tonight is about a big a game you get against the Skins...hey, they are tough defensively, but inept offensively. I read (and I don't know whether to believe it or not), that Sherm Lewis was in a retirement community outside Detroit calling Bingo numbers....if that is accurate, then it really would be dreadful to be a Redskins fan.

2:26 PM EDT  
Blogger The Happy Apologist said...

I agree this is definitely a statement game. At this point, Eagles pretty much need to go 5-1 in division in order to make the playoffs.

6:37 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

so I've just watched another flag filled game against a lousy opponent and I am left asking, are the Birds any good? they have no offensive consistency, they have no clue how to run the wildcat, they have no rhythm. The season is 1/3 over, shouldn't we firmly know by now whether they are good or bad?

Bumble

11:55 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

so I've just watched another flag filled game against a lousy opponent and I am left asking, are the Birds any good? they have no offensive consistency, they have no clue how to run the wildcat, they have no rhythm. The season is 1/3 over, shouldn't we firmly know by now whether they are good or bad?

Bumble

11:56 PM EDT  

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