One more win. That's all it would have taken.
One measly fourth-quarter defensive stop against a sloppier-than-Britney Spears Atlanta team, or a more overwhelmed-than-Andy Reid-at-a-breakfast-buffet San Francisco team or a Billy Joe Hobert-led, er excuse me, John Skelton-led Arizona team.
That's all it would have taken to get the underachieving yet mortally dangerous 2011 Eagles into the postseason tournament. That's all it would have taken to have kept the Super Bowl champion Giants on their toxic waste-dump couches in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
While no one can deny New York's crowning achievement, it still wasn't enough to convince the Vegas oddsmakers that the Giants should be favored to repeat as champions in 2012. By "repeat as champions," I'm obviously referring to the NFC East.
Yup that's right. At 15 to one, the G-men finished a noticeable second in the early Super Bowl XLVII odds race to their brotherly rivals from Philadelphia, who came in at 13 to one the day after New York's climactic victory over New England.
Obviously, the final scores aren't decided in a sportsbook. But if there's a prevailing ideology here, it's that Tom Coughlin's team capitalized big time on a historically disappointing season by their more talented rivals.
With DeSean Jackson locked up at least temporarily, it doesn't look like any of the Eagles' talent is going anywhere anytime soon. All they have to do is put it together for a full, 16-game schedule. Or maybe just make a defensive stop every once in a while in the fourth quarter.
So while the Giants are the better team at this very moment, here are 10 reasons why the Eagles should be favored to win the NFC East in 2012.