Philadelphia Eagles 2012: Can the Eagles Make It to the NFL Playoffs?

Jeff WaiteContributor IIINovember 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick (7) of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles have a soft enough outstanding schedule to possibly reach the 2012-2013 NFL Playoffs. However, the team is reeling after another bad loss. If the downward slide continues then the Andy Reid era could come to an end in Philadelphia.

The team’s remaining schedule will help the Eagles to turn the corner and make a run at the playoffs. The Andy Reid/Michael Vick experiment will continue next season if the Eagles can take advantage of the easier stretch run. Otherwise, both men will be on the job market as hinted at by owner Jeffrey Lurie.

The Eagles started the 2012-2013 season against some stiff competition. In the first seven games the Philadelphia Eagles faced off against five playoff teams from last year.

They had three games against the perennially tough AFC North, and the opposition had a combined record of 31-21. In addition, five of the games were against teams with winning records. In other words, the first seven games of the season were not a walk in the park.

The Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo in order to turn the tide, but it is still unclear what impact that move will provide.

Philadelphia has obviously had a difficult time against some of the better NFL teams as indicated by the clinic the Atlanta Falcons put on last weekend. The Falcons exposed the Eagles on both sides of the ball and brought on calls to replace Michael Vick.

In hindsight, Michael Vick has already met the stiffest competition he will face. His turnover margin and overall statistics should improve going forward. The rest of the Eagle’s NFL calendar is much more manageable. 

In the remaining nine games the team plays against only three 2011-2012 playoff teams. They face the wilting NFC South three times, and their foes have a 21-30 cumulative record.

The Birds will be tested by only one team with a winning record down the stretch. However, the Eagles have already bested their biggest challenger in the Super Bowl champion New York Giants once and are 4-1 against them over the past three years. The NFC East divisional games are always tougher than they appear and the Eagles must triumph within the division in order to meet their goals.

It would seem that the Eagles have a much less complicated schedule during the second half of the season. That being said, the Eagles must play their games on the field and not on paper. Eagles fans should be preparing for Michael Vick and the playoffs instead of rookie QB Nick Foles and a rebuilding team by January.

The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to post a winning record this NFL season based on a less demanding opposition to finish the season. If last season is a good barometer for the current year, then Philadelphia will close the schedule with purpose and play their way into playoff contention.

The Eagles may not make any waves in the playoffs, but it seems that Andy Reid and his current administration will extend their stay in Philadelphia for at least one more year.