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Posted on: January 6, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2010 9:11 pm
 

Playoff Preview: #3 DAL vs. #6 PHI

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WILD CARD ROUND --- The Dallas Cowboys (3) and the Philadelphia Eagles (6) face off for the third time this season, and needless to say, this is the most important. The winner moves on in the surprisingly tough NFC playoffs, while the loser goes home with a lot of unanswered questions.

Leading up to their anticipated Week 17 matchup, both teams had momentum. The Eagles had won six straight games, their offense was looking unstoppable, and the defense was stepping up in the crucial moments. All looked good. On the other side, the Cowboys were coming off two very impressive performances. The first was a win against the then-undefeated New Orleans Saints; the second was a shutout performance of the Washington Redskins. The defense was looking strong, and Romo's woes in December had suddenly disappeared. Two hot teams facing each other, with the stakes high. An Eagles win gave them the #2 seed and a first round bye. A Cowboys win would ensure them home field advantage for at least their first game, and with help, a potential #2 seed for themselves.

The game turned out to be a party for the Cowboys. From the beginning, the Eagles' defense could not stop the run. Marion Barber and Felix Jones began slicing through the injury-riddled defense of Philadelphia. Tony Romo began to find his groove early on, as well. The Eagles offense never got anything going, and the game ended painfully... a 24-0 loss to the hated rival Dallas Cowboys.

This week, however, the Eagles can start fresh. A win vs. the Cowboys this Saturday night and the Week 17 loss will be forgotten. A loss vs. the Cowboys this Saturday night and the Cowboys are 3-0 vs. the Eagles in the 2009-2010 season, a mark that will not be forgotten in seasons to come.

Impact Players

The Cowboys are the favorites to win this game, and a big reason why they are favored is because of their defense. The defense shut down New Orleans in the upset, held Washington to zero points, and then shut out the scoring hot Eagles offense. The defense's toughness starts up front with Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff. As it was last week, the matchup of Ratliff vs. inexperienced Philadelphia center Nick Cole will be a big key to this game. Cole did a better job than most assumed he would last week vs. Ratliff, but this week could very well be another story.

To stop the Cowboys, the main player that must the stopped is the quarterback, Tony Romo. At the end of the day, Romo is the man leading the Cowboys to victory. To stop Romo, the secondary must obviously play a great game. However, I think getting pressure on him is the more effecient way of flustering Romo. In Week 17, Tony Romo had all the time to throw the ball, as the Eagles' defense got minimal pressure throughout the game. With all of this time, Romo easily found Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Patrick Crayton throughout the game and in the clutch situations. Romo got through the dreaded month of December, and while it started out scary, by the end of the month most Cowboy fans are trusting Romo to get the job done.

The main man I expect to see stepping it up for Philadelphia is defensive end Trent Cole. Cole is the best pass rusher on the Eagles' defense, as well as the leader. For the Eagles to have a chance in this game, they must stop Tony Romo. To stop Tony Romo, they must bring pressure on him. To bring pressure on him, they need their best pass rusher to step up their game, and that man is Trent Cole. If Cole and the Eagles defense can get to Romo early, I see him making some bad decisions that feisty cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown may be able to take advantage of.

Key Matchups

Miles Austin has been one of the pleasant surprises this season for the Dallas Cowboys, and has made a name for himself as one of the big play threats in the NFL. Austin faces one of the best cornerback tandems in the league of All-Pro corner Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown. For Austin to be shut down in this matchup, the Eagles' corners need to cotinue their stellar play.

It's already been mentioned, but the matchup between center Nick Cole of the Eagles and nose tackle Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys is a very important one. Ratliff had a quiet game in Week 17, but chances of him being that quiet this Saturday are slim. The stakes are higher and I expect the same of Ratliff's level of play.

Eagles' defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has done a nice job of calling the defense in his first season taking over for the late Jim Johnson, but how will he fare vs. a great playcaller in the Cowboys' Jason Garrett. Garrett has more experience, but look for McDermott to do a solid job with the defense.

Eagles vs. Cowboys Stadium is also a huge matchup that no one is talking about. In Week 17, it certainly looked like there were some nerves in the Eagles' players, playing in Cowboy Stadium. The crowd can really help Dallas in this game, as it did last week.

Keys to the Game

For the Eagles, the main thing they have to do is get going early, offensively and defensively. They will be nervous, knowing that they are the underdogs and playing possibly the hottest team in the NFC. If the Eagles can get going early, however, they will forget about the critics and just go out there and play. If not, I see them losing confidence quickly, as it seems they did in Week 17.

For the Cowboys, the main key is stopping the Eagles' big plays. They did a great job in Week 17, and if they can keep it up in this game, look for them to have a huge advantage. DeSean Jackson is at his best when he's making the big plays, something he hasn't been able to do vs. the Cowboys this season.

Prediction

Donovan McNabb does not like losing, and I think he'll come out with fire in this game. Look for him, along with tight end Brent Celek, to have big games for the Eagles on offense. The Cowboys' defense has shut down DeSean Jackson well this season, and I see them slowing him down this game as well. With Jackson being bottled up, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant have to have big games.

As a diehard Eagles fan it's hard to go against them, but I like the Dallas Cowboys in this game. They are hot at the right time, and it's not just one particular unit. The offense is on fire, and very balanced. Marion Barber and Felix Jones can slice and dice through that plagued Eagles' defense, while Tony Romo has great targets to get the ball to. The Cowboys' defense is aggressive, and they haven't allowed any points in the last two games vs. NFC East competition.

There you have it... should be a great game, one that I am looking very forward to. While the Cowboys are the frontrunners to win this game, the Eagles have what it takes to not only win this game, but advance deep into the postseason. I made my prediction of the Cowboys to win the game, but here's to hoping that I am dreadfully wrong. :p
Posted on: September 19, 2009 1:22 pm
 

Just throwing it out there...

If it was my choice, I'd start Eagles QB Jeff Garcia before Kevin Kolb any day of the week. Kolb has proven nothing so far in his NFL career, and he's definitely gotten his opportunities to.

Garcia led us to the playoffs before when McNabb was hurt... let's give this old guy another shot.
Posted on: August 15, 2009 2:35 pm
 

Thoughts on Michael Vick as an Eagle

When I found out that the Eagles had landed Michael Vick, I was surprised. Not surprised at the signing but surprised at how much I loved the move. Vick is not going to get a lot of love or support, sure, but he instantly becomes the best backup quarterback in the game. Kevin Kolb might be the #2 QB now, but there's no way that he maintains it over Vick.

Vick spent his time in prison, which he definitely needed. Now that he's out of prison, I firmly believe his attitude will improve tremendously. Hopefully NFL fans will give him a chance to see if he's changed.

You can't deny that Vick was a great quarterback when he was in the league. He's athletic, can run the ball, and bring some new looks to the already dangerous Philly offense.

I think this move will also help Donovan McNabb. Vick and McNabb are both competitive players that want to be the best quarterback on the field, and as a result, I see both giving 110%, something McNabb has not always done.

Vick's versatility and skill set are going to be great in Philadelphia. It may take some time, but I think Michael Vick could be a huge asset to the team.
Posted on: August 11, 2009 4:54 pm
 

Training Camp NFL Power Rankings (8/11)

1. Pittsburgh Steelers - Last time I checked, the Steelers were defending champions. They keep one of the most clutch players in the NFL, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receivers Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, and defensive player of the year James Harrison. The offensive line is the only concern for Pittsburgh, and even that is not a huge problem for the champs. Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall is a pretty underrated duo in my opinion.

 2. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles, in my opinion, had the best offseason of any NFL team. In the draft Philadelphia added wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Cornelius Ingram. Along with Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, that will be a tough offense to shut down. Not to mention a rising star in DeSean Jackson. Losing defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and line backer Stewart Bradley will hurt, but this is a smart, physical defense.

 3. Arizona Cardinals - Last year's NFC Champions still boast the best receiver duo in the NFL, with the smooth Larry Fitzgerald and tough Anquan Boldin. Adding running back Beanie Wells helps the run game a lot. Cornerback Bryant McFadden will help the secondary improve. In a weak division, Arizona should see the playoffs once again, as long as their is a healthy quarterback who can get the ball to the Cards' weapons.

 4. New England Patriots - Tom Brady is back, and it makes all the difference in the world. How good will he be though? That's obviously the biggest question for New England. Adding veteran running back Fred Taylor and veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway make this team that much more scary in the postseason. Randy Moss and Wes Welker is a dangerous WR duo, and the defense is still pretty solid. It's the offense that will win games though, providing Brady returns to form.

5. New York Giants - Losing Plaxico Burress may hurt some, but draft pick Hakeem Nicks will help ease the pain. With Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, and that great offensive line, this is a balanced team that you can not ignore. They'll be pushing Philly for the NFC East crown, as long as Eli maintains solid quarterback play throughout the season. Player to watch out for is Kevin Boss, tight end. With no huge WR threats, Boss's production will most likely go up, especially in the red zone.

6. Indianapolis Colts - They still have Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark on offense. Losing Tony Dungy may hurt, but it seems like Jim Caldwell knows what he's doing. Donald Brown was a great draft pick, and he'll be ready behind Joseph Addai. Marvin Harrison's departure will mean that Anthony Gonzalez could be in store for a very nice season, seeing as the Colts face some easy secondaries throughout the year.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Joe Flacco, now matured, should do even better at quarterback. The defense is among the best in the NFL. Ed Reed is one of the best safeties in football. Derrick Mason staying is huge for Flacco and fellow WR Mark Clayton. Does Todd Heap still have the talent we saw a couple years ago? Who knows. The three running back tandem is pretty nice.
Ray Rice is a guy to watch out for.

8. Atlanta Falcons - Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are two offensive stars to watch out for. If the defense improves, they should be a top NFC team. Tony Gonzalez is another great weapon for Ryan to throw to. Not to mention the emergence of Roddy White. I like the Falcons chances in the NFC, barring major injuries.


9. Tennessee Titans
- If the Titans can overcome losing Albert Haynesworth, they'll be fine. The run game is still great, with the duo of LenDale White and Chris Johnson, formerly known as Smash and Dash. Very strong offensive line should do well. Quarterback situation is key for Tennessee. Vince Young is not the guy that everyone was hoping he'd be, which is not good news.

10. San Diego Chargers - Larry English was actually a nice draft pick. Even though I hate to admit it, Philip Rivers is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the game. He has two nice, reliable options in Vincent Jackson and tight end Antonio Gates to throw to. Not to mention LaDainian Tomlinson is still a solid back. Staying healthy is key for San Diego. The defense will play hard, that's for sure.

11. Washington Redskins - Albert Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo shoot this team up the charts, at least in my eyes. Clinton Portis can still run the ball well, but he needs to stay healthy. Jason Campbell is a good quarterback who is better than a lot of people make him seem. This is a sleeper team if the offensive line can give Campbell protection and if Portis can stay healthy.

12. Houston Texans - Mario Williams has developed into a great player. Matt Schaub could lead this team far, but he's going to have to be more consistent and more importantly, stay healthy. Steve Slaton has emerged as a great running back who should see a lot of action. Owen Daniels and Andre Johnson are both great targets for Schaub as well, not to mention an underrated Kevin Walter. This is a huge sleeper team, despite playing in a tough division.

13. Chicago Bears - The addition of Jay Cutler gives this team the solid quarterback they have been begging for. Matt Forte is a star in the making at running back. Greg Olsen is one of the most underrated tight ends in the game. If their defense can get back to their form from their Super Bowl year, this is a team to be afraid of. If not, they'll hover around .500 all season long.

14. Carolina Panthers - Jake Delhomme is not getting any younger, or any better. How far can he go? This is a team to watch out for though, because of their spectacular running back tandem of DeAngelo Williams + Jonathan Stewart, as well as a top WR in Steve Smith. Delhomme and Smith staying healthy is a must.

15. Dallas Cowboys - Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Marion Barber make this team scary on offense. Defensively they are not as bad as people think, as their D can really rush the opposing quarterback. DeMarcus Ware remains one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Felix Jones is a solid second string back who can give Barber some much needed rest. Roy Williams the receiver will need to have a big year for the Boys.

16. New Orleans Saints - They have the offense that can light it up, but the defense has too many question marks. Drew Brees is still a top quarterback, but is Reggie Bush ready to step it up? Devery Henderson and Marques Colston give the Saints two pretty nice options, but I'm not sold on Jeremy Shockey at tight end. Lots of question marks for this team, and I honestly would not be surprised if they disappointed. Ranking is pretty low, but in my opinion they are overrated.

17. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers has developed into a great quarterback, and he has a great number one option in Greg Jennings, one of my favorite wideouts in the game. The Packers also had a great draft, getting B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. Donald Driver may be on the decline, though. Not to mention Ryan Grant is a big question mark. Could be a playoff team if they win early on.

18. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is easily the best back in the NFL who should have a bigger year than last. The defense is still great. However, the quarterback situation is a utter mess. Whoever it is, they need to step up. I do actually like the addition of Percy Harvin. He's versatile, fast, and overall a strong player, and alongside Peterson he could cause some real damage. Tight end Visanthe Shianco is underrated, he could have a nice year.

19. Buffalo Bills - Adding Terrell Owens was a nice move, as he makes a good 1-2 WR duo with Lee Evans. How will Marshawn Lynch play once he returns from suspension? How will Fred Jackson do in the four first games when Marshawn is out? Then the most important question: Is Trent Edwards ready to lead the Bills? Sleeper team, but it would take a lot to make the playoffs.

20. Miami Dolphins- Not a big fan of the Dolphins wide receiver core, but I can't deny that Ted Ginn Jr. is on the rise. Two guys to watch out for are Anthony Fasano and Ronnie Brown. Obviously you have to watch out for Brown, he's versatile and makes the Wildcat offense work. Fasano is a guy who should see a lot of opportunities and I think he can make the best of them.

21. Seattle Seahawks
- The addition of TJ Houshmandzadeh will be more important to this team than some people think, especially if he can develop a chemistry with Matt Hasselbeck. I'm not sold on Julius Jones as their back, but then again, I wouldn't be surprised if he had a great season.


22. Cincinatti Bengals- Carson Palmer has some tools to work with, those being Chad Ochocinco and Laveranues Coles. Cedric Benson is a big wild card at running back, I truthfully have no idea how he will perform this season. I do like the drafting of Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith. He doesn't have the best personality or work ethic, fine. But he's a beast on the field.

23. San Francisco 49ers- Patrick Willis is already evolving into one of the best players in the NFL, even though he plays linebacker. Frank Gore is an underrated back who can do damage if used properly. Not to mention Michael Crabtree has a ton of talent/potential/high ceiling, etc. Can they develop any chemistry though? They don't play in a tough decision, so I don't think a .500 season is completely out of the question.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars- Torry Holt is still a decent WR. Definitely not washed up as some people claim. Maurice Jones-Drew is a great back, no question about it. David Garrard is a big question mark to me, as well as the Jaguars' defense. Right now they're the fourth best team in their division, which is not a promising sign of things to come.


25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kellen Winslow is a nice addition, too bad there is no one to throw him the ball. I don't like the Buccaneers quarterbacks, running backs, or wide receivers to be honest. The defense does not impress me, either. They're a team that I see falling even lower as the season progresses. The one guy to be happy about is corner Aqib Talib.


26. New York Jets- Bringing in a new defensive coordinator does not mean your defense automatically becomes great. Mark Sanchez is ready to be an NFL quarterback. Jerricho Cotchery could be in store for a big year, as could Leon Washington. I do like Bart Scott, who knows Rex from Baltimore. One guy who's production will go down is Dustin Keller, tight end.


27. Kansas City Chiefs- What happened to Larry Johnson? Sad to see this guy fall so quickly. Bringing in Matt Cassell was a nice move, but this is not a team that will improve much with him. Dwyane Bowe will be in store for a big year with Casell. The loss of Tony Gonzalez will hurt this team a lot.


28. Denver Broncos- Mike Shanahan > Josh McDaniels. Jay Cutler > Kyle Orton. Happy Brandon Marshall > Angry Brandon Marshall. 27 other NFL teams > Broncos. This is a team headed in the wrong direction.



29. Oakland Raiders- JaMarcus Russell is a question mark. Darren McFadden is a question mark. DHB is a question mark. The good news for Oakland fans is that all three of those offensive players have a lot of potential, especially the middle man McFadden. Oakland does have the best cornerback in the game, in Asomugha. (sp?)


30. St.Louis Rams- Not much to be excited about. The defense is horrible, borderline pathetic. Steven Jackson is the only player on the Rams that might not drive you insane. Losing Torry Holt just makes this team that much worse. It will be a long season for Rams fans.


31. Cleveland Browns- Kellen Winslow is gone. Braylon Edwards can't catch the ball. Brady Quinn does have talent, but will he ever reach his full potential? Is Jamal Lewis still on the team? At the end of the season I don't expect more than 2-3 wins. If they win 4 games I will be very impressed.


32. Detroit Lions- Two things I'm excited about if I'm a Lions fan... Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Those two have a chance to be one of the most feared QB-WR duo in the league since Brady-Moss, or Manning-Harrison. Stafford is no fluke, just raw right now. The best way to describe Calvin Johnson is a freakish athlete. Put him in Arizona or Indianapolis and see MVP type numbers.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 8, 2008 11:00 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles 38, St. Louis Rams 3

Well I will have to say this. Watching this game really made me believe that the Eagles are as talented as any team in the NFL. Sure, it was the Rams, but the Rams are an NFL team that has some talent as well, and to me a win is a win. But that was no win the Eagles got on Sunday... that was a thrashing. Every facet of the game was beautiful. The chemistry was there, the response, the defense was pumped up, the signals were understood and executed properly, and the Philadelphia Eagles are now officially "in the hunt".

I myself was a Donnie Mac doubter, but after the Rams game it is hard to continue doubting. By no means do the Rams have a daunting defense, but McNabb really played his heart out in one of the best games he's had for awhile. DeSean Jackson impressed me as well, not only as a receiver but as a kickoff returner and punt returner. I see good things from this kid.

The defense was superb. Bulger was under pressure all day, no room for Steven Jackson to bust out a big run, and Holt was shut down by the secondary. The ends and linebackers are impressing me already, not to mention the corners. Jim Johnson as well.

All in all, very impressed and looking forward to a fun game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night!

And for now, that is all.

To be continued...

Posted on: July 5, 2008 2:05 am
 

Watch out for the Philadelphia Eagles

This season should be a great one for the Philadelphia Eagles, and their loyal fans. After last season's somewhat disappointing sixteen games, the Eagles are back and wanting to win more than ever. And we have the pieces to do so...

The signing of Asante Samuel was HUGE. This guy brings a presence to the secondary we have not seen since Brian Dawkins was completely healthy... which was not too long ago, but still...

Also, the drafting of DeSean Jackson was not as bad as I first made it seem. He is actually a speedy reciever that will provide the Eagles with... well, speed. Also can be used as a return man, which is a plus one for us.

And Brian Westbrook remains one of the best running backs in the league. His ability to make big plays, running and receiving,  will continue to show him as one of the elite backs in the NFL.

When healthy, there's no doubting what Donovan McNabb can do. He has always been a great scrambler, a strong passer, and a good quarterback, period. However, a full, healthy season from Donnie Mac is rare, and something I want to see happen.

The WR core is not bad, but can certainly get better. Kevin Curtis is a tad overrated, but still is a good player. Reggie Brown is underrated on the other hand, and fits in very will with the Eagles system.

I'm not Trevor Laws biggest fan, but I won't bash him until I've seen him play with the Eagles.

I can't wait to see how Chris Gocong and Omar Gaither do. Two guys I'm really excited about watching this season, and I expect big season from both of them.

David Akers is getting inconsistant, but can still hit 45+ yards when he's focused.

I like Sav Rocca more than some others do. Hopefully we won't have to use him much this season, though.

Lastly, Trent Cole is a STUD at defensive end. I love his agressiveness when he steps on the field. Every time he makes a big tackle, I love the look of pain on his victim's face... HEHE

All in all, look for a big season from the Eagles. I believe we will go far this season, as long as we stay healthy and don't get streaky. GO EAGLES!!!

Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2008 2:11 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

After looking at the two players Miami got through yesterday's draft, I am actually quite thrilled.

Michael Beasley, PF, KSU:

I've decided to give Beasley a chance, although he was not the guy I wanted to see on the Heat originally. However, I think a young rebounder/scorer can really help us. With improvement on his defense, I think he can make some noise, especially being mentored by Shawn Marion, a similar player that can help Beasley tremendously with his defense. I love Beasley's rebounding skills, I cannot deny that. I also love his ability to score. If he improves his work ethic and defense, I think he can prove some doubters such as myself, wrong.

Grade: A

Mario Chalmers, PG, KU:

This trade was a very good one. We needed a defensive point guard, and we got one. I think there is a very good chance that Chalmers begins the season as a starter. There are lots of things Chalmers needs to work on, but some things I like about him are his clutch play, his lockdown defense, his ability to steal the ball, and just pressure the opponents. He is small no doubt, but that won't make me regret this trade to land Chalmers. Also, it doesn't hurt that Chalmers was my favorite Kansas Jayhawk!!!

Grade: A+

After the Philadelphia Eagles blew their draft, this draft was definitely a breath of fresh air. Next year's team will be very dangerous if both Beasley and Chalmers play up to their potential. There is a very high chance now that Haslem goes, but to where, I do not know... unless we choose to keep him and play him at center, which could possibly work, although Haslem is a true PF.

Miami Heat Depth Chart

Point Guards

Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Harst's Thoughts: Solid group of young guys that all have tremendous upside. Quinn was impressive late last season, Banks has a lot of potential, and of course Chalmers is great defensively, and very clutch as well. Underrated group here that will make some noise.
Grade: A

Shooting Guards

Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Harst's Thoughts: Dwyane Wade is of course the leader of the team, but injury-prone. Cook has shown he is a capable backup. I think Cook can be a great role player in this league.
Grade: B+

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
Ricky Davis
Dorell Wright

Harst's Thoughts: Shawn Marion is the only player in this group that can do anything, but if needed, Davis is not half bad, although he needs to do more than just score. I'm not Wright's biggest fan, let's leave it at that. 
Grade: B

Power Forwards

Udonis Haslem
Michael Beasley
Mark Blount

Harst's Thoughts: I love this group, although it will probably look different soon. Haslem is very good on both sides of the ball, Beasley is a monster on the boards and on offense, and Blount is not as bad as people make him seem. He can actually shoot the ball when called upon.
Grade: A+

Centers

Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

Harst's Thoughts: Zo is not the Zo of his prime, and Earl Barron isn't good for much more than 5 points and 5 boards...
Grade: F

Recap:

I truly think the Heat could make some noise with the pieces we have set in place right now. Other than center, I think we have strong depth at every position. An upgrade at center could really mean possible playoff contenders for the Heat next season.

Let's go HEAT!
Posted on: May 30, 2008 10:29 pm
 

Philadelphia Eagles Season Breakdown (Part 1)

Week 1: vs. St.Louis

This should be a somewhat close game, but I think the Eagles are good enough to escape with the win. Asante Samuel won't disappoint in his season debut. Stopping Steven Jackson means we beat the Rams.

Result: Win
Record: 1-0

Week 2: @ Dallas

This game would be hard even it was in Philadelphia, but considering it's not and considering it's a Monday night game, I don't see the Eagles faring well.

Result: Loss
Record: 1-1

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh

McNabb needs to have a strong game, and so does his receiving core. The D has to step it up as well. This game might get away from the Eagles at the last second.

Result: Loss
Record: 1-2

Week 4: @ Chicago

Chicago's Superbowl trip two years ago was a fluke. They're offense is hellish at best. Asante and Co. will intercept left and right.

Result: Win
Record: 2-2

Week 5: vs. Washington

The Redskins are coming off a strong year, but I don't see this injury-prone team going far this year. The Eagles should have a blowout or at least a two-three touchdown winning game.

Result: Win
Record: 3-2

Week 6: @ San Francisco

The 49ers are getting better, but I don't see them beating the Eagles this year in the regular season. It will be closer than expected, however.

Result: Win
Record: 4-2

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: vs. Atlanta

The Falcons are horrible on both sides. This team won't have a pretty year, or a pretty week. Won't even be close. Westbrook and McNabb will both have great games.

Result: Win
Record: 5-2

 
 
 
 
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