About two weeks ago I wrote about how we really didn’t know what to expect from the Eagles the rest of the year. It seems like after Sunday’s loss to the Raiders it seems even harder to tell.
Before Sunday, the Eagles were destroying the bad teams they had to face and got crushed by the only good team they played (although it was with a quarterback making his first start). It looked as though the Eagles would just keep rolling over these poor teams until they faced a legitimate opponent. Then Sunday happened. A team the Eagles were favored to beat by more than two touchdowns, and they couldn’t even score one the entire game. The team that came into Sunday’s game as the second highest scoring offense in the league failed to break a double-digit score.
And now here we are, scratching our heads, and thanking the Phillies for taking us off suicide watch. Sunday was entirely unexpected and gives a whole new perspective on the team. Is this just something they have to do every year and can get it out of their systems, or is this team really not as good as we think it is?
On paper, there’s absolutely no reason why this team can’t play at a very high level and compete for a championship. However, they showed us a whole other side on Sunday that I didn’t even know existed. Now we look at next week’s opponent, the Washington Redskins. This is a team I expect to beat just as much as I expected to beat the Raiders, but can we really think this now? The Eagles will be under the national spotlight on Monday Night Football this week and have a shot at redemption. I hope to see a completely different football team than the one I saw on Sunday.