A Highlight Package and Some Fearless Forecasting


Today is the day. Finally, a very long offseason and preseason culminates in another season of Eagles football. I for one am beyond pumped. I can’t wait to see how Sean McDermott maneuvers his chess pieces. I am excited to see an offense that has the potential to be one of the league’s most dominant. I’m sure it will take a couple weeks to shake off the rust and work out the kinks, but the Birds are stacked with talent. The sky, as they say, is the limit.

Here’s a package I whipped together detailing the Birds magical 2008 playoff run:

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Now, it’s time for a few season predictions. Everyone’s doing it, so I figured I’d join in on the fun:

Record: 11-5. They will win the division. Who finishes second? I’m going with the ‘Boys.

Pro Bowlers on offense: McNabb, Weaver and Peters (I think he rebounds after a sluggish preseason). DeSean will be a first alternate.

Pro Bowlers on defense: Samuel, Mikell, Bunkley and Trent Cole. Trent will notch 14+ sacks.

What about Westbrook? It will take him a few games to round into shape, but once he does, he’ll remind us of his brilliant playmaking ability. Then he’ll get hurt and miss a couple games. By then, Shady will be fully acclimated into the system and offer us a glimpse of the star he will one day become.

Then there’s the defense: Since McDermott is working with a short deck, so there will be ugly performances. You know, the ones when they allow long touchdowns and appear lost. That being said, I think they will force enough turnovers to remain feared. Look for Chris Clemons and Macho Harris to be responsible for a few big plays each.

The Vick factor: He will help win two games. The rest of the time he will be painfully average.

I won’t mention a certain game that’s played every February, but I’ll write this much: If last year’s Steelers can win it all despite an atrocious offensive line and inconsistent running game, there’s hope for teams like the Eagles.

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  • Freak

    What caused you to put the Giants at third? You think they are going to be just that bad, or are you predicting the Boys and Birds to have improved that much more?

    Just curious.

  • Freak

    I can’t believe for a second that you put the Giants behind the Skins…

    Hmmmm…

  • Scott Tunstall

    Giants third. Two reasons. No proven go-to player in the passing game and injuries on defense. Plus, everyone seems to think they will win the East. I’m not buying it.

    Of course this probably means they will go 13-3 and win the Super Bowl :(

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