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The Philadelphia Eagles are entering the 2011 NFL season much like the Miami Heat entered the 2010 NBA season—with a huge target on their backs.
The so-called "Dream Team", compiled of big name free agents and trade pieces from across the NFL, is being widely looked at as a "Super Bowl or Bust" type of squad.
There is good cause to look at the Philadelphia Eagles as one of the top five teams in the NFL, and there is little doubt that they will make the postseason. But it won't be in the way fans are expecting of them.
I'm not saying the Eagles will be a Wild Card, but whether they win their division or not, they will be the NFC's third seed at best.
First off, this is a team where a large number of starters were brought in during the last month; in a shortened offseason like this, players on new teams are the ones who struggle the most. The Eagles will be no different; and there will be pains as they try to gel in a short amount of time.
The bulls-eye on them is another problem because they will find most of their opponents playing with chips on their shoulders. Michael Vick's style of play also lends itself to injury. Like last season, he is likely to get hurt for at least a couple of games this season, and Vince Young is not ready for the pressure of leading the "Dream Team."
The Philadelphia Eagles will make the playoffs, but don't expect them to be sitting on a first round bye. They'll be mixing it up with a Wild Card team come January.