Yesterday’s loss was an orgy of dropped passes when McNabb was on target; missing receivers who were open; and two muffed pass interceptions. Using dubious logic, I thought the Philadelphia Eagles were due for a big year. The momentum of victories in the last three games in 07 would carryover;Donovan McNabb was fully recovered from the ACL injury in 06; and many of the near miss fumbles and interception in 07 would even out-three justifications for optimism in 08. No so. The Eagles, who should be 12-3, are now 8-6-1. A miracle of variables would give Philadelphia a playoff spot. While the city deserves it, the team does not. There will be changes after the season, which will come much earlier than fans anticipated.
This in no way diminishes my enthusiasm, and hopefully the team’s effort, against Dallas next Sunday. I do not like Jerry Jones or Terrell Owens. Calling Dallas America’s team is like saying Wilmington, De is the nation’s leader since it’s the largest city in The First State. The Cowboys have been to a record eight Super Bowls; they are tied with the 49ers and the Steelers for the most victories with five. The Dallas handed the Eagles their biggest loss in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1997, 2003, and 2005. That should be ample incentive. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
With help from Oakland and Houston in week 17, Philadelphia did get into the playoffs in 08; but came up one game shy in the Super Bowl