The Eagles have looked pretty good these past two weeks, with Sunday’s 45-19 victory over the New York Jets a great showing by both the offense and the defense. That said, it’s all just felt like too little too late. And with the Lions victory over the Raiders on Sunday, the Eagles have officially been eliminated from the Wild Card hunt.
But the season still isn’t over.
That’s because, amazingly, the Eagles can still win the division despite looking like crap most of the season and sitting two games under .500 with two games left. If they can win out, going from 6-8 to 8-8, they can capture the NFC East with just a little help.
First off, on Christmas Eve the Eagles need the Giants to lose to the Jets early, then the Eagles need to beat Dallas in the late afternoon game. Nothing else matters that week. After that, to close the season the Birds will need to beat the Redskins and will need the Giants to beat Dallas.
So while that’s a number of variables and far from a slam dunk at 15-1 odds, it’s entirely doable. The Eagles have already dismantled the Cowboys once this year and are in their heads. Sure it’s a revenge game for Dallas, but the Eagles are playing well and have already shown they can handle them. The Jets and the Giants are both fighting for playoff spots, and both New York/New Jersey teams are equally inconsistent. That game is really a toss up.
Then in the final week of the season it comes down to two NFC East rivalry games. The Redskins have been as bad a team as the Eagles this season, probably even worse. The two teams last met in mid-October, with the Eagles using the Redskins to help snap a four-game losing streak. The Eagles didn’t look that great, but the Redskins were terrible. There really is no reason to expect anything different the next time out.
The Giants-Dallas game is yet another meeting of teams who are fairly evenly matched. That game could easily swing either way (and no that’s not a Tony Romo joke), but the good news is the Giants have already beaten Dallas once this year and they should be poised to do it again.
So despite the season still feeling lost, there’s actually hope to be found. Make it happen.
BIG DAY FOR TWO BIRDS
LeSean McCoy is historically good. That’s because he became the Eagles franchise touchdown scoring leader Sunday. With two touchdowns, McCoy now has 20 on the season (17 rushing, three receiving), passing Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren, who held the previous record of 18 (15 rushing, two receiving, one return).
Of course, Van Buren did it in only 10 games back in 1945, but that shouldn’t diminish McCoy’s accomplishment. The game is dramatically different now, and the fact that McCoy is still criminally underused by the incompetent coaching staff just serves to illustrate what an incredible player he is.
Speaking of great players, Eagles defensive end Jason Babin inches closer to historic sack numbers with each passing week. With three sacks Sunday against the Jets (his second straight three-sack game), Babin has a total of 18 quarterback takedowns on the season. One more and he ties Eagles great Clyde Simmons at 19. Three more and he ties the legendary Reggie White at 21 for the Eagles franchise record. Four more and he not only break the Eagles record he ties the previous NFL record of 22 held by Mark Gastineau. Five more and he breaks the completely bulls–t NFL record of 22.5 held by Michael Strahan (thanks to a gift from Brett Favre).
So while Babin is no Reggie or Clyde, he’s still having a fantastic year and is a couple big games away from immortality.
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