At 1-4 and following four consecutive gut-wrenching losses, the Eagles desperately need to save their season with a win this coming Sunday against the division-leading Washington Redskins.
Here are four reasons why the Eagles will win.
Last week, Michael Vick didn’t help his cause by throwing four interceptions (although two of them were unfortunate deflections that weren’t really his fault). When he was on though, the Bills couldn’t stop him.
Whether it was running the ball (five carries for 90 yards, including a 53-yard run) or passing the ball (11-of-12 for 134 yards, TD, INT in the fourth quarter), Vick almost led the Eagles back from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The only incompletion Vick threw in the fourth quarter was intercepted, although it was much more Jason Avant’s inability to secure the football.
Remember how Vick did against the Redskins last year? It was arguably the greatest game by a quarterback in the history of the NFL. The Redskins had no answer for Vick in that game, and since then, they’re lost Andre Carter, Albert Haynesworth and Carlos Rogers.
I don’t think their defense will have an answer for Vick, who although he can be erratic, is the most unstoppable player in the game when he’s on.
This season, the trio of cornerbacks in Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie certainly haven’t played up to the expectations bestowed upon them, but the fault of that can be more placed upon the coaching staff’s in ability to use Samuel effectively and the ineptitude of the Eagles’ linebackers.
No. 1 receivers haven’t fared so well against the Eagles this year. Mike Sims-Walker caught one pass for five yards, Roddy White was held to three receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown, Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 25 yards, Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 68 yards and Steve Johnson totaled just four catches for 29 yards.
The five No. 1 receivers against the Eagles so far have combined for just 16 catches for 150 yards and one touchdown. That’s an average of 30 yards per game.
Tight ends have done well enough, so Chris Cooley should be a mismatch problem for the Eagles subpar group of linebackers and safeties, but don’t expect much production from Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney or Anthony Armstrong.
Regardless of whether Jeffrey Lurie or Joe Banner will admit it, Andy Reid’s future with the team is in serious jeopardy. The Eagles are well on track to being last year’s Dallas Cowboys, an immensely talented team that struggled to a 1-8 start to the season.
Reid knows his leash is short and he knows the time to win is now. Given the Eagles’ far superior talent on both sides of the ball, the Eagles will definitely get back on track this week.
I think everyone knows this. The Eagles are much, much better than a 1-4 team coming off of four straight losses. They’re a few plays away from being 4-1 and this week’s game is a divisional game against the NFC East leaders.
It’s an excellent opportunity for the Eagles to bounce back strong, and that is exactly what will happen.