What an emotional game! That's life in the NFC East, right? The confidence that came from carrying an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter gave way to the stress of thoughts where the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans were forced to ask two serious questions. Wait! How did we get here? How is it that we can actually lose this game?
The Birds pulled this one out, and in the end, that's cause to celebrate, but there's a lot to think about during the bye week. To be fair, they get to do so while owning the NFL's best record, but now, they are expected to enter a murderer's row on their schedule without one of their best players on offense.
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is expected to miss time despite injury, but there are silver linings in these dark clouds.
We mentioned the emotional component of the Eagles' most recent win earlier. A win over the Dallas Cowboys most certainly tested them all, but nothing says 'ebbs and flows' like Dallas Goedert's final play of the evening.
An exciting catch and run in the fourth quarter ended with a Goedert injury. Jeff McLane reported shortly after midnight that NFL sources have told him that Philly's TE1 has suffered a fractured forearm. A report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo followed.
Believe it or not, these dark clouds contain silver linings. Here are the three most obvious.
1. There's a possibility that Goedert only misses four weeks.
A trip to the Eagles injured reserve seems certain, but it also appears that we're discussing the short-term injured reserve. That leads us to another theory.
2. The Eagles are off in Week 10, and they have given themselves breathing room.
Philly working their way into an 8-1 record has given the Birds a stranglehold on the NFC, and here's the best part. Their bye week comes at a very good time. It's obvious that rest is needed and bodies need to heal.
If the theory is correct, and Goedert only misses four weeks, it's comforting to know that there's no Eagles game to play in Week 10
3. There's the Julio Jones factor.
Maybe we see a Julio Jones resurgence? Is it possible? Can he fill the void left by one of the game's best tight ends?
Julio Jones isn't what he once was. That's obvious, but if he can no longer beat an opposing team's third best receiver, it may be time for a conversation.