Eagles Face Must-Win Situation On SundayBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
At 1-3, with all of the areas of weakness witnessed, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in an awkward position this Sunday. Win, Dallas falls to the Broncos, and we are tied for first place with an under .500 record.
The New York Giants who have yet to win a game. Our lonely win feels like forever ago. Hard to fathom, but the reality is that our division is bad. Playoffs are still there for the taking. We have a terrible defense, especially when referring to the secondary. Guess what, so do the Redskins, Giants and Cowboys.
The gap from how we felt week one to what we stomach after week 4 feels like an entire football season of emotions. The electricity and speed to which the offense entertained us has disappeared. Post Redskins win; I have a few flashes of the Chip Kelly style of offense. The big McCoy runs. The deep ball DeSean caught versus the Chargers and the run by Vick versus the Chiefs.
My recent memories are flooded with turnovers, penalties, poor red-zone efficiency, dropped passes and missed field goals. We are beating ourselves and leaving too many points off the score-board. We still have big playing making guys on this team. There are good young pieces on the defensive side of the ball. We still have three quarters left of the season.
I try to make sense of the statistical facts that proves our offense can win us games. We rank second in the league in total offense. We are the first team in NFL history to record 1,000 passing yards and 750 rushing yards in the first four games of a season. The statistics make for owning McCoy, Jackson or Vick in fantasy football something worth smiling about, but I’m not smiling. I’m pissed, with the players but also with how the coaching staff has handled them.
We have 1.5 wide-receivers worth starting on this roster. We have three tight-ends, but we don’t have three good tight-ends, or do we? I thought I’d see trip sets with three tight-ends in the red-zone. I visualized Casey or Ertz making the athletic catch in the end-zone, winning their miss-match with the covering linebacker. I had glimpses of what the Patriots did with their two tight-ends. That image was what I thought the creative Chip Kelly would do.
So now what? We win Sunday, that’s what. We re-gain that feeling of what it’s like to win in the NFL. We don’t look for players to step up as leaders, we keep our mouths shut and let our talent and effort speak for itself.
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