The Eagles and Redskins appear to be meeting this week heading in opposite directions. While it seems the Eagles may have started to find a little bit of a groove, the Redskins continue to stumble their way through the season and are in real danger of not being able to defend their NFC East crown.
The Eagles got another solid game out of their offense and the defense handled a weakened opposing offense. This is what good teams do, but the Eagles still have some work to do before being counted as a good team in the NFC.
Mike Vick is still bothered by a hamstring injury that has been nagging him for the last month. The veteran quarterback was limited in practices early in the week but did get in a full practice on Friday. Even if his hamstring stops bothering by Sunday, it should be expected he will serve as nothing more than a back-up quarterback option to Nick Foles.
Don’t be suckered in to thinking the Eagles are getting lucky by playing a Packers team without one of the top quarterbacks in the league suiting up. Instead, realize the Eagles may be getting a break playing a team that is all of a sudden a bit of a mystery.
Sunday’s win in Oakland was the most complete team victory of the season for the Eagles. You can never get too carried away with one game, but this was a flat out dominant performance by the Eagles and perhaps a glimpse once again as to what the future could be like with Chip Kelly in charge.
The quarterback situation has been a constant story for the Eagles this season. This week Nick Foles worked his way back and practiced in full practices this week. With Foles available the Eagles avoid having to start rookie Matt Barkley.
Fans in New York never want to abandon thoughts of the postseason this early into any season. As frustrated as they may be, the hope of a postseason run remains in the minds of the fans of both New York NFL teams.
Chip Kelly was not stepping into a situation that saw a team just one or two pieces away from completing a championship puzzle. Instead, Kelly is opening the puzzle box and dumping the pieces on the table, trying to figure out what pieces go where.
The Eagles and Raiders have met 10 times in the regular season dating back to 1971 and have split the record right down the middle. Of course, the Raiders won the most important game between the two long-time franchises, with a 27-10 victory in Super Bowl XV. The Eagles are just 1-3 all-time against the Raiders in their house, with the only win coming in 1986 when Randall Cunningham scored a short touchdown run in overtime for a 33-27 win in Los Angeles. The Eagles are 0-3 in Oakland.
Where the Eagles go from here is a question that will be asked plenty on sports radio this week. While the defense does seem to be coming together and playing well on a more regular basis, the offense continues to flounder.
The Eagles offensive woes of last week bled into this week, resulting in a 15-7 loss in a crossroads game.
Everything is on track for Michael Vick to return to the starting lineup for the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend as the New York Giants come to town. Second-year quarterback Nick Foles is out after not practicing all week due to a concussion, so Vick’s return is quite timely for the Eagles.
The struggles on Sunday have once again sparked the debate on where the quarterback situation is heading in Philadelphia. Vick is certainly not going to be a part of the long-term equation as he ages and continues to show he cannot play a full season. The one name that pops up often is Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. I am here to tell you to just stop considering that option, because it is not going to be worth it with a high draft pick.
Nobody would have expected that Eli Manning and the Giants would be getting their first win in late October, but that is what happened this season. The Giants beat the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night and look for revenge against rival Eagles this Sunday.
This one stings. The Eagles offense folded against a Cowboys defense that was vulnerable and incapable of taking advantage of a nice game put in by the defense.