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The Philadelphia Eagles are a handful of plays away from being 8-1. Remember Jeremy Maclin’s drop against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football? Ninety-nine times out of 100, he makes that catch, and the Eagles probably would have gone on to win the game.
Remember Juqua Parker’s offsides against Buffalo? Say he doesn’t jump. Michael Vick & Co. get the ball back, and they had been almost unstoppable at that point in the game. They drive down the field, score and go to overtime where they win.
What about Jeremy Maclin’s fumble against San Francisco? There’s nothing Andy Reid could have done about that. If Maclin holds onto the football, the Eagles drive and score, and there’s another win.
The loss to the Chicago Bears came down to a fourth down throw from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin. The throw was high, Maclin fell and that was the game. Almost every single time, that’s a conversion, and if the Eagles go on and score, there’s another win.
Even this past week against the Arizona Cardinals was more on the defense. Reid’s decision to put rookie safety Jaiquwan Jarrett on Larry Fitzgerald is one of the more ridiculous coverage matchups I can remember, but the game shouldn’t have come down to that.
Michael Vick got injured, DeSean Jackson missed a team meeting and DRC left early with a high ankle sprain. If those players stay healthy, the Eagles probably win that game.