Whether they have been in Oakland, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, the Raiders have carried a mantra with them forever, “Once a Raider, always a Raider”. That hasn’t necessarily been an ideal that we’ve associated with the Philadelphia Eagles, but it’s equally as accurate. Once you’re an Eagle, the NFL’s most loyal fan base tends to keep tabs on what you’re doing when your time in the City of Brotherly Love comes to an end.
With Philly on a bye, most Birds fans have spent their time watching a little football anyway. What a surprise, right? This weekend, there was no stress though.
Former Eagles take the field with the Minnesota Vikings to battle the hated New York Giants.
Sunday’s matchups rank among Super Wild Card Weekend’s main events. The Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins. The Cincinnati Bengals welcome the Baltimore Ravens. The Minnesota Vikings welcome the Eagles’ long-time rivals, the hated New York Giants.
The latter matchup is intriguing for two reasons. One, it’s a battle featuring teams from the National Football Conference. Second, if the Giants pull off the upset, they visit Lincoln Financial Field to battle Philadelphia for the third time in less than two months.
Former Eagles Jordan Hicks, Nick Mullens, Jalen Reagor, and Chandon Sullivan will don purple jerseys in hope that their team, the Vikes, will find success in trying to keep Jack Anderson, Marcus Johnson, and the G-Men from stealing one on the road.
If New York loses, Philly hosts the winner of the Dallas Cowboys/Tampa Bay Buccaneers clash. The Eagles figure to be favored regardless of who the opponent is.
Saturday’s matchups featured some former Eagles talent as well.
Saturday’s matchups weren’t as exciting as we had hoped. The Seattle Seahawks hung with the San Francisco 49ers for a while before being blown out. Doug Pederson and the AFC South-winning Jacksonville Jaguars were no match for the L.A. Chargers.
Hassan Ridgeway and Jordan Matthews both missed the 49ers’ Wild Card matchup as both are on San Francisco’s injured reserve. Saturday night’s clash featuring the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars housed an opportunity for four former Birds to enjoy some playoff success.
L.A. is now home to DeAndre Carter, Michael Jacquet, Richard Rodgers, Chase Daniel, and of course Dicker the Kicker. DeAndre Carter and Cameron Dicker is the only member of that trio that you can expect to see on the field, but again, all were once Birds, so occasionally we find ourselves taking peeks at what they’re doing.