Saturday, November 5, 2011

Will the Real Eagles Please Step Up?

Three weeks ago the Eagles were considered by many the biggest flop of the 2011 season. Huge expectations surrounded this club heading into the season, but they quickly fell into disarray after back-to-back inept performances against San Francisco and Buffalo. Now, after two consecutive victories over division rivals, the Eagles are looking like nasty birds of prey once again.

The Eagles are first in the NFL in yards gained, first in rushing yards gained, and while they are in the middle of the pack on defense (particularly vs. the rush) they played exceptionally well against Dallas last week (allowed 12 1st downs), and should improve if their offense can limit turnovers (currently a -7).

So, what's it going to be for the Eagles? Are they an overhyped, overpaid bunch of individuals who are never going to gel consistently as a team? Or, are they a hungry bunch that is finally ready to reach its potential under the heavy hand of Andy Reid?

The Eagles week 9 Monday Night Football clash at home vs. the Bears is bound to be a nice litmus test for the squad. If they can't get this one at home, with all the momentum they are toting, I think it's a very bad sign going forward for them. On the other hand, if they can find a way to win, things will be looking really nice for the Eagles, who face the lowly Cardinals in week 10.