Not Again: 5 Reasons Why the Eagles Can't Lose to the Cowboys in 2010
As an Eagle's fan there are only several things that really make me unhappy:
1. Watching Dallas win
2. Watching Dallas win, against the Eagles
3. Watching the Eagles lose every game they play against Dallas
Obviously there are other things that make me frustrated, but generally speaking I would really like to not see these three things happen. Ever.
I am sure that most Eagles fans feel the same, and after a last season blow-out, losing every game, including the Wild-Card playoff game to the Cowboys, we are starting to get kind of sick of that smug grin on Tony Romo's face.
I still receive gripe from people, mainly Dallas fans, saying that the Eagles had nothing on the Cowboys from the first match-up, the fact that the Eagles even made it to the playoffs was a joke, etc. etc. Frankly it sucks. It sucks having to hear Dallas fans give me a whole load of trouble and me having nothing to respond with. Because they beat us. Three times.
This is not a list of 5 reasons why I hate Dallas and why I hope the team never wins anything ever again. This is a list of 5 reasons why the Eagles need to win at least one game against Dallas in the 2010 season.
5. For The Fans
What is better as a professional athlete then to have 30,000+ fans cheering you on through out a game?
If the Eagles lose both of there match ups to Dallas this year, I promise some of the Eagles fan base will lose support. I am not talking like switching to another team, but the chances of them coming to next weeks game and cheering on Kolb and the rest of the team is a different story. Eagles fans need to taste that sweet victory over the Cowboys that I know we all crave.
This also leads back to the same point mentioned earlier, this only lets Dallas fans have more than enough ammunition to abuse us with. Especially now that we have a young quarterback at the helm, it can only lead to a tornado of insults and poor conduct if the Bird's are swept again this season.
So how good would it feel to turn the table back around on them? To say that Tony Romo is a choke artist and that his pathetic 20 yards passing against our lock down defense was weak? To say that Terence Newman can't cover Desean Jackson to the slightest? All that has to happen is the Eagles to win and give physical proof that the above mentioned happened.
Not to mention, what is worse than watching the Cowboys beat the Eagles?
4. Player Morale
Kevin Kolb is a young quarterback, we have heard this story over and over again, so I am not going to waste your time with it.
This entire team just finished off a very disappointing performance in the 2009 playoffs, and after that blow to the face, general management made the decision to let two veteran leaders go, Donovan McNabb and then Brian Westbrook, a punch below the belt. This leaves a very big hole to be filled by an unnamed player. *Cough Kevin Kolb Cough*
There would be nothing better than seeing our young QB go into the week 14 match up at Dallas, and bring home a huge win against the Eagles biggest rival. I couldn't even imagine the stunned look on Tony's and Wade Phillips face after losing at home to Kevin Kolb and the young Eagles team. It would be a great moral boost for a late season rally, and I am not going to try and predict the season before this. As long as the Eagles can put a W in the column, and as long as it is against a rival like Dallas, it's going to be big.
Kolb could prove himself as a capable QB in a hostile environment by pulling out the win in Dallas. This could only lead to more confidence in the Eagles second match-up in week 17, a game played in Philadelphia.
The Eagles, along with quite a few other teams head into the new season with question marks on how successful they will be. Sure, I would love to see the Eagles pave a way to the Superbowl and win it this season. But that obviously is not a very likely possibility, seeing how the offense may not be as productive as last year, and the defense may just collapse.
Ok, that's worst case scenario.
The Eagles were put to shame last year after losing three consecutive games to Dallas, and being eliminated first round in the playoffs. So that begs the question, are teams losing there fear of the green machine?
As of the past few seasons the Eagles were the team, they had all the weapons they just couldn't seem to put the pieces together. After several seasons of post-season losses Andy Reid made the move to start new talent in Kevin Kolb. With Kolb not proven, are teams, mainly Dallas, expecting easy wins against the Eagles?
I sure hope not.
The Eagles need to prove that they still are a threat every week, McNabb or no McNabb.
2. Andy Reid is on the Hot Seat
Love him or hate him, Andy Reid's success in Philadelphia is undeniable.
In his 11 years as the Eagles head coach he has 108 wins and only 67 losses, that is an overall .617 record. Impressive no doubt.
The problem with Andy Reid is he has never won a Superbowl, whether you blame that on McNabb, Reid, the defense, fans, or the weather, it still does not change the fact that he has never won the big game.
I know the whole of Philadelphia and especially Jeffery Lurie, can't stand to see the Cowboy's wipe the Eagles clean every singe game. Now, Andy Reid doesn't like this any more than we do, but some of his coaching decisions in the Eagles vs Cowboys games were, well, questionable.
I'm not saying that Reid is a bad coach because he lost all of his games against Dallas in the 2009 season, but it is sort of painful to watch. I personally would like to see Reid stay in Philadelphia and hopefully bring home the Lombardi Trophy. He is the right man for the job, and if he losses to Dallas twice in 2010, Reid might be on a plane back to his Florida estate faster than he can call that slant route.
1. Super bowl XLV is in Dallas
Imagine the horror if somehow Dallas made it to Super Bowl XLV, in Dallas.
It would not even be fair to the opposing AFC opponent, the stadium would obviously be completely sold out in the Cowboys favor. I am certain that if this unspeakable event were to happen, we would see the Cowboys as Super Bowl Champions.
That pained me so much to type.
I know the Eagles will not go to the Superbowl this year, but every loss that Dallas has takes them farther away from the big game. The Eagles can do that. I know that if the Eagles play Eagles football, they will be able to walk away with at least one win this season against Dallas.
Then again, it would almost be funny to see Dallas make it to the Superbowl and lose the game in their home town. But not funny enough to make them NFC Champions.
Truthfully I could care less if the Eagles lose every other game, actually I am kind of hoping they take at least one loss to the Redskins, but I just don't want to see the Eagles get blown out by the Cowboys for the second season in a row.
If it happens, well, of course I will still bleed green and I will still show up to and watch every Eagles game passionately, but a little piece of my team spirit will forever be gone.So Eagles fans, let's cheer on our team and keep our fingers crossed, because trust me, we'll need it.
If I have to hear one more Dallas fan say, "How does 0-3 taste?" I just don't know what I will do.