Ladies and Gentlemen:
This was a good week for the Eagles faithful. With a solid win over a terrible Redskins team, a few upsets and timely victories by the NFC division leaders, the Eagles are now a play off team again. As a matter of fact, if the play offs were held today, the Birds would be the fifth seed. The Steelers won the Super Bowl last year as the sixth seed in the AFC. They flashed a stat during the game saying that 2 teams started the season 5-4 and went on to win Super Bowls. They were the 2000 Ravens and the 2001 Patriots. Since 2000 Andy Reid’s teams are 21-6 in November and 17-8 in December. These are very hopeful statistics but these numbers did not help raise my expectations. You can find, or generate, statistics that will support your point of view no matter what it is. No, for me hope springs eternal because Coach Reid took a step back and examined what was wrong with his football team. When he realized what the problem was, he did something about it. The problem, ultimately, was him. This is a coach coach who has paid us nothing but lip service after a loss and who reeks of arrogance when anybody has the audacity to question him about anything concerning his much ballyhooed “plan.” But this week he showed us something different. As opposed to just saying it’s his responsibility, he actually took responsibility. Reid showed a willingness to delegate the play calling to offensive coordinator Marty Morningwheg and Donovan McNabb. A fresh change of pace for a man who just swallowed a large dose of humility. A change of pace was precisely what this team needed.
The Eagles Colts game in two weeks has been moved to Sunday night with NBC’s extremely expensive “flex time” option. It’s amazing what a decent win can do. I’m already fired up for it but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Classic mistake to look past a perceived inferior opponent.
The Eagles are 13 point favorite at the Linc. They have the distinction of being the most favored team on the board. Once again, it’s amazing what a decent win can do. I think the numbers are inflated and although I am very confident that the Eagles will win this one, I’m not that confident in a two touchdown victory. I smell a late game back door cover.
Two weeks off were very helpful. It was a much needed break. But now, I’m ready for some football.