From watching the Philadelphia Eagles in prior games this season, I thought for sure that they had to be most painful team to watch in the NFL. My opinion has now changed after watching them play the Giants.
Does this mean I feel bad for the Giants and their fans? Well I hate to sound like a jerk, but no. The Giants are the Eagles’ rivals, and more importantly another team within the NFC East, so of course it benefits the Birds. But here’s what it does mean: the Eagles picked up a win that improved their record to 2-3, which is by all means a good thing. And believe it or not, they’re actually in pretty good position in a struggling NFC East (tied for first with Dallas).
The other piece of good news is that the upcoming opponents for the Eagles include the Buccaneers (0-4), Cowboys (2-3), the Giants (0-5) again and then a trip to Oakland (2-3). These are all games that the Eagles are more than capable of winning, and with the current state of this Eagles team and the division, winning a majority of those games will put them into a very strong position looking forward. I guess the only question that remains to be seen is just how well they can play in these games, as well as how the 2013 Eagles will turn out in the scheme of things.
Above all controversies, Chip Kelly was presented with a very interesting situation today. With just minutes left in the first half, Michael Vick suffered a leg injury that prevented him from returning. Following Vick’s exit, Nick Foles assumed the role of quarterback for the remainder of the day, and did an exceptional job in the process, completing 16-of-25 passes, throwing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the team to a come-from-behind victory.
Obviously the future of this team is still very much up in the air. Overall, it was a critical win to pick up, as division wins are always important no matter what. While the fate of this team and the health of Michael Vick still remain in question, the outcome of this past week’s outcome is not. I don’t care how good or bad the Giants are, a win is a win as far as the standings are concerned, and ideally, this will even spark some confidence inside the Eagles locker room.