Andy Reid Thinks Eagles Can Turn It Around, but What Does the Schedule Say?

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Andy Reid Thinks Eagles Can Turn It Around, but What Does the Schedule Say?
Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Andy Reid thinks the Philadelphia Eagles can "turn things around" and make a run at the NFL playoffs in 2012, but is he onto something or is he just saying all the right things?

Per NBCPhiladelphia.com, Reid said, "Yeah, absolutely. I like these players and what they represent. And the coaches, we’ve just got to put it together, play as one, and we’ll be there."

Last season, the Eagles started out with the same record, and after their 3-5 start went on to win five of their last eight to finish 8-8, missing out on the playoffs and causing owner Jeff Lurie to say this about Reid, via ProFootballTalk.com:

I expect a substantially improved team. We all thought we were a lot better than 8-8 and we weren’t. We need substantial improvement. We have a very good team on paper, and paper doesn’t get you that far if you don’t maximize it. 8-8 is unacceptable...that was a really unacceptable outcome.

It wouldn't be hard to argue that this year's squad has been even more embarrassing, given the fact that it hasn't been hit nearly as hard by injuries as it was last year. 

And, if 8-8 wasn't acceptable last season and the playoffs are the benchmark for success, it seems logical to assume  the Eagles will need to finish the season with a record of 9-7 or better to get into the tournament and for Reid's job to be safe for next season. 

With that in mind, let's take a look at the remaining eight games on the schedule to determine whether or not the Eagles have a shot to redeem the 2012 season. 

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