Philadelphia Eagles: How Much Should We Read Into the Result of the First Game?

Mike BurkeCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27 :  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammates Jeremy Maclin #18 and Jason Avant #81 after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter againt the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on December 27, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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There’s no hiding it, the young Eagles team will be tested right out of the gate. Many people have questioned how the Eagles will perform this year. Will some questions be answered come Sunday? Definitely. However, I think people shouldn’t be too quick to judge the outcome of Sunday’s game.

Let’s look at the worst case scenario first. What happens if the Eagles get absolutely throttled on Sunday? The boo birds will be out, and everyone will start to get worried. There will be cries that this team is awful and that the season is going to be a train wreck. It’s inevitable. That’s just how Eagles fans are. However, I don’t think that’s a fair mindset to have.

This will be the first regular season game this unit plays together. Some bumps and bruises should be expected. The Packers are a very good team, and there’s no doubt that the game will be a challenge. They went 11-5 last season, including two losses to the Vikings who very close to representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. Am I trying to make up excuses for losing? No, I’m not. This game won’t be a walk in the park but I do believe a win is very obtainable.

If the Eagles were to get blown out, it would be a huge disappointment. There’s no denying that, but we would also get to see the character of the team. How can they bounce back after a disappointing loss? The good news is the Eagles will travel to Detroit in Week Two, facing a team they should definitely be able to beat.

On the other hand, what if the Eagles come out firing all cylinders and bury the Packers? Should we crown them the best team in the league? Absolutely not. Would it be a big step in the right direction? Absolutely.

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In this scenario, we would get to see if the young team would develop some type of arrogance. With a big win like that, they could head to Detroit thinking a win was in the bag and end up coming out flat. We saw them come out completely flat last year in an “easy-win” game at Oakland.

They could also win or lose a close game and find themselves in similar situations as mentioned above. A close lose leaves the team disappointed, so how do they bounce back? A close win gives the team a high, but how do they follow it up?

Eagles fans have been waiting for this game for a long time and they are going to be quick to judge the team on this performance. Personally, I’m not going to let myself be sold one way or another based on the outcome.