Philadelphia Eagles: The Rest of Their Season, Game-by-Game

Rashaad JordenContributor IIIOctober 29, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles: The Rest of Their Season, Game-by-Game

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    With their 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins in their last game, the Philadelphia Eagles might have saved their season—or at the very least, they quieted talk their season was over.

    It certainly helped that the Eagles were playing a team whose quarterbacks stunk (and John Beck made no improvements against Carolina), but Philadelphia dominated both lines of scrimmage, and Nnamdi Asomugha even showed he knows how to tackle.   

    But how will the rest of their season play out? Here's my prediction for each game. 

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

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    Since Andy Reid took over as Eagles coach in 1999, the Eagles have never lost their first game after a bye week. Well, this season's first game after the bye is a Week 8 Sunday night clash at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

    The Cowboys are coming off a victory against the St. Louis Rams in which DeMarco Murray established a single game franchise rushing record.

    Although very few seem to be overly impressed the Cowboys beat the winless Rams (who were starting a backup quarterback) in their previous game, Dallas' defense frustrated Tom Brady for much of the day before the Patriots rallied.

    As expected, their offense will try to establish the run, so we'll see if the Eagles have solved their problems stopping the run. Expect the game to be tight, and it's quite possible Tony Romo will throw a big interception.

    My prediction: Eagles victory.

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Eagles' second of three consecutive home games sees them hosting the Chicago Bears (currently 4-3), who will be coming into Philadelphia after a bye week and having defeated Tampa Bay in their previous game.

    If the Eagles—as I predicted—enter this game having defeated the Dallas Cowboys at home, expect them to have a lot of confidence. Against the Bucs, Matt Forte ran for 145 yards, but if the Eagles defense has improved as much as they should, he won't enjoy the same success.

    Prediction: Eagles victory.

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles

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    Mr. Kolb returns to Philadelphia.

    That will be the big talk among the media prior to the Cardinals visiting Lincoln Financial Field, as Kevin Kolb plays against the team he once served as the starting quarterback for.

    Unfortunately for Kolb, his first season in the desert hasn't gone as well as he hoped, as the Cardinals are currently 1-5. They'll likely be 2-6, as they should beat St. Louis before coming to Philadelphia.

    But don't expect them to be celebrating a two-game win streak after Kolb's return to Philadelphia.

    Prediction: Eagles victory.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants

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    The Eagles' first road game since Week 6 will see them trying to avenge their Week 3 defeat to the Giants, who will enter this game after difficult road battles against the Patriots and the 49ers.

    The Giants could be 5-4, 6-3, or 7-2 (assuming they take care of the Dolphins in their previous game). It remains to be seen if they'll do a better job of containing Victor Cruz than they did in the Giants' Week 3 victory.

    Right now, the game seems to be a tossup, but I'll give the edge to the home team.

    My prediction: Giants victory.

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles

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    When the schedule was released, many people probably viewed this game as a Super Bowl preview. The Patriots, as expected, have been one of the better teams in the NFL and that shouldn't change when they come to the Linc.

    Tom Brady and crew will have a short week as they play at home the previous Monday night against the Chiefs. That might slow them down a tiny bit, but I think they'll win a tight game against the Eagles.

    My prediction: Patriots victory.

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks

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    The Seahawks aren't good... although they actually may enter this game on a two-game winning streak (they face the Rams and Redskins prior to hosting the Eagles). Although the Eagles might be flying west after a tough loss to the Patriots, their fans shouldn't be too worried.

    My prediction: Eagles victory.

Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins

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    The Dolphins stink. As long as the Eagles show up mentally, no worries.

    Prediction: Eagles' victory

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Jets could enter Philadelphia on a four-game winning streak and in prime position for a wild card spot. Obviously, that would mean Mark Sanchez is playing well. But I imagine the Eagles' defense will make some big plays to preserve a tight victory.

    Prediction: Eagles victory. 

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

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    Both teams—or at least one team—should be in serious playoff contention. I can see the game going down to the wire as all of the Cowboys games to this point (with the exception of their recent victory against St. Louis) have been close. But this game will be the reverse of the matchup earlier this year in Philadelphia.

    My prediction: Cowboys victory.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

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    It seems like the Redskins early season success has proven to be a mirage. I don't see them regaining their mojo this season, regardless of who their starting quarterback is.

    I see the Eagles dominating the Redskins like they did earlier this season in Landover. 

    My prediction: Eagles victory.


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    I think the Eagles will finish 9-7, which will probably not be good enough to reach the playoffs. Now that I think of it, 9-7 won't be good enough to reach the playoffs.

    But who knows? If a couple of bounces go their way, maybe a 1-4 start will turn into a 11-5 season.