Some people say they have the best running back in the league. I’m not sure I’d go there, but they undeniably have a guy that’s Top 5, and yet, in the past 2 games, with 4th quarter leads, the Eagles gave him the ball 4 times. That’s absurd.
On 1st and G from the 1, they hand the ball off to their FB (probably their 11th best option on the offense), then a QB sneak with their possibly concussed QB on 2nd, and then because it was such a good idea on 1st down, on 3rd down they go back to the FB again.
They sulk and pout about their contracts.
They brought in a guy from a division rival who contributed a horrible drop against that former team which became an INT in the red zone, another bad drop Sunday, a muffed punt, and the coup de gras… going down ON HIS OWN 1 yard shy of a 1st down on 3rd and 20.
They don’t tackle.
Their OL coach failed as a defensive coordinator, predictably.
They traded for a corner that only tries occasionally.
One of the the true leaders and great guys on the team started picking fights with the fans.
They miss a couple short FGs in a 1 point game. Meanwhile, the guy they replaced is having a Pro Bowl season, going 5/5 from 50+.
They jump offsides when everyone in the stadium knows the opposing offense isn’t going to run a play.
They do this.
Week after week, just when you think they can’t play any worse, they top themselves. And just about when you think you might get some answers, they send a robot up to field questions after losses that says little more than “We have to do a better job.”
They are… the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, and the notion that their season is over after their 9th game is beyond dumbfounding.
This team had a crazy amount of room below the salary cap this offseason, and did absolutely nothing in free agency. Nothing. I can get on board with the youth movement and growing your team through the draft, but there wasn’t a player or two among the hundreds of available players that couldn’t have fit in and helped your team? And then in the middle of the season, you sign Albert Haynesworth? Really?
There are only 2 teams in the league that have a worse point differential than the Tampa Bay Bucs… the Rams and the Colts. I have no idea how they won 10 games last year. Bye, Bucs.
8 – Three easy ones, then the G Men
Tony Romo was absolutely on fire Sunday, hitting 23/26 for 270 and 3 TDs in a laugher. It appears they have a legitimate RB now too, who is averaging a ridiculous 6.7 yards per carry. If Miles Austin can somehow come back healthy and be what he is, the skill position guys on this offense are scary. It’s all about how well the OL can protect. Their next three games are against the Redskins, Dolphins and Cardinals, who have a combined record of 8-19. The Giants, meanwhile, have the Eagles, Saints and Packers. If the Cowboys can’t at least pull even with the Giants after that 3 game stretch, something will have to go horribly wrong.
7 – Justice
The Lions embarrassed themselves a couple weeks ago with the way they acted in a rout of the Broncos before their bye Week 9. They taunted the Broncos, and rubbed it in their faces. After having two weeks to prepare for the Bears, they came out and got their asses handed to them. Justice. They’re now 1-3 in their last 4 games, and still have to face the Packers twice, the Saints, Raiders, and Chargers. This team was 5-0. They may not make the playoffs.
6 – Looking better
I actually like the way this team is playing lately. They look more like the team that went 13-3 last year than the one that kinda slogged through the early part of the season. And I’m saying this after a home loss that they should have won. Very favorable schedule ahead.
5 – Opportunity to bury the Eagles
Hard fought loss in San Fran this week. Nothing to be ashamed of. They may see the Niners again in January. But now they have to re-focus. With the Saints and Packers on the horizon, they HAVE TO beat the Eagles at home on Sunday. Obviously, the NFC East is going to be decided by the 2 upcoming Giants-Cowboys matchups, but if the Giants can’t take care of business against the damaged and wounded Eagles, they probably aren’t going to win the East. They have a chance to bury their nemesis. Will they blow it?
4 - Pencil them in for the 5 seed
The Bears’ team stats this season:
Offensive passing: 21st
Offensive rushing: 13th
Defensive passing: 29th
Defensive rushing: 13th
But credit where credit is due – They just seem to find ways to wins, every year. Weird scheduling for the Bears, by the way. They’ve yet to play an AFC team, and will get all 4 AFC West teams back to back to back to back over the next 4 weeks. In case you haven’t been watching, the AFC West stinks. The Bears have an opportunity to separate themselves from the rest of the good-mediocre teams in the conference.
3 – A little rest
Major advantage for the Saints getting a bye this late in the season. They’ll get some rest and will have 2 weeks to prepare for the Giants.
2 – Pretty much have the 2 seed locked up
They’ve won 7 straight, and have the following schedule: Cardinals, Ravens, Rams, Cardinals, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams. The Steelers and Ravens aside, that is some serious junk. Those Steelers and Ravens games should be great by the way. The Niners remind me a lot of both of those two teams.
1 – Still the best
I mean, really, who in the NFC is realistically going to beat this team? Hell, who in the AFC is going to beat this team?