The recent loss to the New England Patriots was disappointing. However it did leave me with a great sense of confidence for the remainder of the season. If the Eagles can play this well against the NFL’s best team, then why can’t they win the five remaining games?
Now you might say that I am being a blind homer here, but really think about it. The five games left are against the Seahawks, Giants, Cowboys, Saints, and Bills. The only game on there that looks very tough is the Cowboys game.
The Seahawks have been struggling somewhat themselves, the Giants just got blown out by Minnesota, the Saints are having an awful season, and the Bills are the Bills. All four of those games are very winnable for the Eagles.
You could look to the Cowboys game, and say that Dallas killed the Eagles a few weeks ago. While that is a very valid point, I also say look how the Eagles are playing lately. They had won two games in a row, and nearly took down the NFL’s best team. They are playing great football right now, and the team is relatively healthy again.
The offensive line particularly looked great against the Patriots.
Earlier in the year the o-line struggled. They gave up a lot of sacks, and were very inconsistent in run blocking. A lot of the problems had to do with guys being banged up. Tra Thomas had back spasms, Shawn Andrews had ankle issues, Todd Herremans had his knee scoped, and Jon Runyan had a fractured tail bone.
Now all these guys are healed up, and starting to dominate like everybody had expected them to do going into the season. They are starting to resemble the same dominating line from last season, that won it’s final 5 games in a row.
Everybody pointed to Jeff Garcia, and he was a part of that success, but the bigger reason was the play of the big guys up front. When they are on their game, they are among the leagues best. No matter who the QB is this Sunday, getting time in the pocket is crucial to playing well. The best QB can look terrible if his line has constant break downs, and an average QB can look very good with enough time.
All of the talk is usually focused on the Eagles needing better wide receivers, needing a big back, and arguments over who should start at quarter back. Not many people want to talk about what really makes this offense go, the offensive line.
With this group coming together, and the defense also picking it up, I can see the Eagles repeating the same feat as last year.
Reaching the playoffs might seem like a stretch right now, but it can be done. If the Eagles take things one game at a time, and play like they did against the Patriots, they won’t lose.