Philadelphia Eagles

Record Aside, Philadelphia Eagles Are One of the League's Best Teams

Michael Vick leads an offensive that is stacked at the skill positions
Michael Vick leads an offensive that is stacked at the skill positionsPatrick McDermott/Getty Images
Darren GrossmanCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2011

The Eagles are one of the best teams in the league, and I don't care that their record does not reflect it. 

Look at their lineup.  At the skill positions, they have a top-10 QB in Michael Vick, a top-10 RB in LeSean McCoy, two very good wide receivers in Jackson and Maclin and an underrated tight end in Brent Celek. 

While their offensive line is not great, they do have two Pro Bowl-caliber linemen in Jason Peters and Todd Herremans.  The offensive line has started to play better the last couple of weeks.

Defensively, their line includes three Pro Bowl-caliber players in Cullen Jenkins, Trent Cole and Jason Babin.  Their linebackers are weak, no doubt, but did anyone notice that when they moved their defensive ends in against Washington, those terrible LBs did not look that bad?

They also have an elite secondary, with Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as three great corners. 

The safeties are not great, although Kurt Coleman did intercept three passes last week, and Nate Allen is starting to play better coming off a major-injury rookie year.

They also have depth at a lot of key positions.  Backups like Dion Lewis and Ronnie Brown at running back are more than capable, as are Steve Smith and Jason Avant at wide receiver.  They can rotate in other defensive linemen who play at a high level, like Ty Laws or Derek Landri at tackle, or Juqua Parker and Philip Hunt at end.

This team is deep and talented.  Now they just have to start playing like it. 

My guess is they will show it against Dallas this Sunday. 

Andy Reid is 12-0 in his coaching career coming off the bye week.  Sunday will make it 13-0.

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