Next week is a huge week for football fans, but more so for Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans (although I’ll wager that the Pats fans are so used to this feeling by now that they’re probably numb to it by now… I’m kidding. Kind of.).
Starting Monday, the countdown officially begins for Super Bowl Sunday! I don’t count the Pro Bowl because well, it’s the Pro Bowl. It’s kind of a sad reminder for those whose teams aren’t in the Super Bowl and that football season is coming to a close.
There is a lot happening next week to get ready for the big game and I want to help you be a part of it. My focus will be on the Eagles, obviously, and wanted to help give you an inside look as much as possible. Beginning with Monday night’s media day where both teams and coaches speak to the media and answer some pretty tough questions. I will also be reviewing head coach Doug Pederson’s and the other coaches’ press conferences all next week.
Sunday night’s game could not have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards, completing 26 passes of 33 with three touchdowns AND had a QB rating of 141.1 by the end of the game.
That’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback, by the way. The same guy who everyone wrote off, including (some) fans. The same guy who everyone doubted and quickly turned away from and refused to take seriously.
Last night, Foles played the best game of his career and despite a shaky and inconsistent first few games as Carson Wentz’s backup, he came through when the team needed him the most and did so beautifully.
Both NFC divisional games were the edge of your seat entertaining. It was heartbreaking for the Saints. Neither team lost by a mile, neither lost embarrassingly, neither lost because of mistakes (well, that can be subjective, I guess). Both teams played great football and did everything they could to win. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and now we are near the end of a spectacular season.
I mean, who predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars would actually make it this far?
All wins are not equal. Sure, a win is a win and it’s a step closer to the ultimate goal. However, howyou win does say a lot about a team. Monday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders was one of the most embarrassing wins I’ve witnessed in my fourteen years as an Eagles fan. Have there been some prior to 2003? Of course, but I didn’t see them so it doesn’t count. We’re talking about my feelings here.
It’s been said time and time again: defense wins games. The Eagles’ defense has been quite inconsistent these last few games, beginning with the Seattle Seahawks game.
I can understand that chasing after someone like quarterback Russell Wilson can be tiresome, but there’s no way that the game against the New York Giants should have been as close as it was. Five-point differential against a 2-11 team (at the time)?!
Nothing against the Giants, we all know they have a future Hall of Famer in quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants offensive line wasn’t hard to break through and yet the defense struggled for some reason. Allowing a 2-12 team over 500 yards of offense and the Eagles missing tackles is absolutely unacceptable.
Maybe it was the fact that it was a divisional game and those are always tough. Or maybe because it was their third (and final) road game in a row and it’s taken a toll on the players. Whatever the reason was, the Eagles were lucky that they had an amazing backup quarterback in Nick Foles who had a spectacular game back as a starter but luck doesn’t win championships.
The biggest concern, question mark, and complaint NFL analysts and fans alike had leading up to Sunday’s game was the offense. Would it change? Would they perform the same as they did when injured quarterback Carson Wentz was leading them?
I couldn’t stress enough to anyone who would listen was that Foles will bring his own swag to the team. He’s not in the league just to collect money. He even took a pay cut to rejoin the Philadelphia Eagles because he knows just how special this organization is. Foles threw for four touchdowns, and although it wasn’t always pretty, he was able to step-up when it counted the most.
I am more than delighted the Eagles clinched 1st round BYE and a home game for the first game of the playoffs. I’m just not happy with how it was accomplished. It’s been a long season, a grueling season filled with injuries, but it isn’t over yet.
Head coach Doug Pederson should grill them for the lackluster way they played. The Eagles fans went into this game worried about the offense but left this game with questions regarding the defense. Pederson has been asked whether he’s thought of benching the starters for either of the next two games, his answer was a simple “not sure yet”. My answer would have been “Bench them? Bench them?! Our defense didn’t show up today and you think I should bench them?!” Jim Mora-esque style.
Having the best record in the NFL does come with a few bragging rights, but I didn’t feel much like gloating today. The Eagles of old need to come back and finish this season off on a high note.
It’s frustrating that so many NFL fans and analysts have completely written off the Philadelphia Eagles as a Super Bowl contender. If I were quarterback Nick Foles, I would find it offensive that no one has faith in my abilities to lead this team and would use that as leverage for the remainder of the season.
I realize that probably wasn’t the best way to start this article. These last few days have been eating at me. I needed time to be able to lay out my thoughts in an appropriate manner, while thoroughly expressing my frustrations about what I’m bothered by so it won’t be misunderstood.
All week, I was anxious about this game. I knew it would be tough to play against Seattle in Seattle. I just figured it would be more competitive, or at the very least a fun game to watch. As frustrating as it was, though, I’m okay with this loss. Eagles needed to face a playoff caliber team; a team who was desperate for a win, in order to get experience in that type of environment.
After enjoying some much needed time off and a long overdue family gathering, I watched the Eagles/Bears game and had the biggest smile on my face. It was a great weekend personally, and I wasn’t too concerned about the outcome of the game. But, if I’m being honest, it feels pretty good having this kind of confidence in your team.
The Philadelphia Eagles played a sloppy game with three total fumbles for the day and it was frustrating to watch because these are the kinds of mistakes we can’t afford to make when it counts the most. Sunday’s game wasn’t the most important game of the season, not even close. However, turnovers of any kind need to be immediately addressed. Fortunately, Chicago didn’t gain any points from any of those fumbles but the same thing can’t be said for a team such as Seattle or maybe even the Rams, which are the Eagles’ next two road games. Continue reading “Eagles Are Their Own Worst Enemy”→
Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos was a bittersweet victory. Wait…that’s a lie. It was a pretty SWEET VICTORY! I really tried to not enjoy it as much as I did, but I couldn’t help myself. I watched every single minute of it. Let’s be honest, though, it was over by halftime.
The Denver Broncos are my boyfriend’s team and he’s fully aware that the Broncos aren’t playing to their full potential. All week leading up to this rivalry game, all I heard from him was “Eagles haven’t seen a real defense” (okay, guy),“Carson Wentz will finally see a real defense” (eye roll), and my favorite “Your running backs aren’t going to get more than four yards on my defense” (eye roll plus smirk).
Sunday’s game against the 49ers felt sluggish and looked sloppy. The Eagles started off slow, and the rain didn’t make it any easier. Still, quarterback Carson Wentz managed to bring his team together and come away with their 6th straight win in Philadelphia. This win keeps them number one in the league.