Philadelphia Eagles: It's Time for the Eagles to Take Flight

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field during a game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Andy Reid's teams are always refreshed after the bye week. This Sunday, the Eagles will host the Dallas Cowboys in a Sunday night showdown.

In the early part of the season, the Eagles did not meet their expectations as a so-called "Dream Team." However, those beginning of the season struggles were a blessing in disguise for the Eagles. Sitting at 2-4 is nothing to brag about, but the playoffs are still a reality for this talented team.

The obvious issues were with the offensive line, turnovers and an inconsistent defense. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo is going to be under the microscope until the defense lives up to what they are being paid.

As time goes by, I feel the D will only get better. Replacing Casey Matthews with Brian Rolle has been a plus, as will be the return of Brandon Graham and Trent Cole. Free agent acquisitions Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins have also been as good as advertised.

The secondary has received the most scrutiny because of the big names on the back end. Pro Bowler's Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have been inconsistent this season, but don't expect that to last for long.

Meanwhile, second-year safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen flashed their potential against the Redskins last week. They have shown that they can be more than contributors to the defense.

On the offensive end, the Eagles are dynamic. However, turnovers are an issue.

Michael Vick has been a turnover machine, but this is a problem that can be fixed. Vick will have to use Brent Celek, Clay Harbor and Jason Avant more in the short-to-intermediate passing game. The tight end can be very dangerous in the West Coast offense.

That being said, there are times when you cannot complain about Vick throwing bombs to Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson.

Sunday night against the Cowboys will say a lot about the Eagles this season. Both teams are under immense pressure. However, with the Eagles coming off a bye week, look for them to be sharp on both sides of the ball.

Philly fans are the toughest fans in the sports world, so it is important to keep them happy. The beginning of the season may have been forgettable, but it is now a new 10-game season for the Eagles. There is no need to panic because the birds are headed for takeoff.

Just make sure you buckle your seatbelts for a fun ride.