Remember how in the Eagles’ second-quarter report I said that “the more things change, the more they stay the same?”
If you compare the third quarter of the Birds’ 2009 season to the same time frame a year ago, that statement actually couldn’t be more wrong.
After a 5-3 start in 2008, the Eagles almost fell apart in the first half of the second half.
Following a tough home loss to the Giants, the embarrassing tie with Cincinnati and the infamous Baltimore loss that saw Donovan McNabb benched in the second half, the Birds were 5-5-1 and almost left for dead.
But things got better once the Eagles waxed Arizona on Thanksgiving night, and that began a 4-1 stretch run that got them into the playoffs.
This season…well, a 4-1 stretch run might win them the NFC East, and handily.
The Birds’ 2009 third quarter was much more fruitful. The Eagles have fought all quarter, and have won three gutty games in a row after a tough loss to San Diego.
They stand at 8-4, and if they continue to play the way they have (and should), a return to the playoffs is imminent.
So let’s see how their very successful third quarter of the season grades out position by position.