I’m sure by now everyone has heard about how the Philadelphia Eagles are the first number one seed to have a higher probability to lose to a number six seed. In this case, the Atlanta Falcons.
There have been so many stats all week about this particular game, that I have toned down my social media usage by a ton because I didn’t want to hear any negativity. I personally don’t like the statistics these sports analysts come up with because most of them are useless, and as I always say “rules are meant to be broken”. Except, in this case, statistics are meant to be broken.
There was an article circling around on social media that I didn’t even bother to read because the title itself was ridiculous. It was something along the lines of the players not sure why Eagles fans would have any doubts about the team’s chances in the playoffs. It’s ridiculous, to me at least, that the players had to respond back to the criticism from the fans.
Players constantly read the negative articles, tweets, and posts from analysts, but having to respond to the fans because of the doubts that have been loudly expressed is kind of insulting. It doesn’t show the appreciation for the hard work this team has put in as a whole.
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.