We all know the Eagles have played terrible football lately. However, despite their terrible play, they still stand in fifth place in the NFC. There are three other teams (Giants, Packers, Falcons) with the same 5-4 record, but the Eagles have the best conference record of the group. So as it stands now the Eagles have a good enough record to make the playoffs, but the question is are they really a playoff caliber team?
The first answer that comes to mind is an obvious no. This may have to do with the sour mood I’m in due to their play as of late, or it might just be the truth. With the way this team has performed as of late, it’s hard to see them beating any team that is able to make the playoffs. The most frustrating thing though, is that we know the Eagles can be much, much better than they have been. Looking at the offensive weapons they have, this team should be able to put up 30+ points in a game without thinking twice. They haven’t been doing this and maybe it’s the coaching staffs fault, but maybe it’s just as much the players fault as well.
So is this a playoff caliber team? Right now, no. However, I think they have the tools to be one and if they can put all that together throughout the next month and a half, I think they can definitely be a playoff team. Let’s take a look at some of the other playoff teams as it stands now.
Saints – They really handed it to us in our Week Two matchup. The Eagles were without Donovan McNabb and maybe that would have made some sort of difference. I doubt it as the defense played terribly that game. Despite that game, the Saints have struggled to date, barely beating a horrible Rams team this weekend. They are undefeated but if you heard Drew Brees this week, they aren’t playing like a team that deserves to be undefeated.
Vikings – This is a team we took down in the playoffs last year. Now they have what seems to be their missing link in Brett Favre. They’re in good position at 8-1 but Favre is known for his late season collapses. Only time can tell if they’re as good as everyone thinks they are.
Cowboys – A team we should have beat. I still don’t think they’re that good but until we beat them, it’s not very fair to say that.
Cardinals – They are capable of good things but I think they only make the playoffs because of how bad their division is. We are talking about the defending NFC Champions here so I guess we know they have what it takes to be solid come January. However, this is a team I wouldn’t mind getting some revenge on.
That covers the four teams currently standing in front of us. We see two of the three teams that are tied with us later this year (Giants, Falcons) so we really do control our own destiny. I am very upset with this team as it stands right now; however, they do have time to make it up to me.