Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Not going to panic, yet

So the Eagles are 0-1, thanks to their own idiotic errors in a game they should have won. Here's what we learned:

  • The defense was fantastic. They stuffed the run, created turnovers, and got off the field on third down. They only gave up one offensive drive, and that was kept alive by two heroic Favre completions as he was being sacked.
  • The running game was ok. Westbrook averaged 4 ypc, but wasn't able to break a big one. The Eagles had good balance in their playcalling, although they continue to call dumb passes in obvious running situations.
  • McNabb doesn't look right. Either the Packers defense was blanketing the Eagles receivers, or he was hesitant and indecisive with the ball. Once again he held onto the ball forever, shuffling in the pocket, trying to make a play. I was hoping he might have learned to get rid of the ball quickly, after watching Garcia last year, but I was obviously too hopeful.

The really good news is that they're completely fine if they win on Monday night. Two home games coming up against non-playoff teams (Washington, Detroit) followed by a road trip to the injury-plagued Giants. Washington will be improved this year, but I think the Eagles match up well against them. The defense should be able to shut down young Jason Campbell and somewhat contain the Redskins' running game. On defense, the Skins don't have nearly the talent that Green Bay does along the line, so I expect the Eagles to have success running, and for McNabb to have plenty of time in the pocket.

Detroit could be troubling if Sheppard is out for more than a week, although they don't have any defense to speak of, and I'll take my chances in a shootout against Kitna.

The Giants will definitely be without Brandon Jacobs and Osi Umenwhatever, and if they can knock around Eli Manning a little bit and work his shoulder, they'll have a huge advantage.

So for now I'm still optimistic...a win on Monday and there's a clear path to a 3-1 record at the bye...but an 0-2 start usually portends a losing season.


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