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A Philadelphia Eagles win, coupled with a New York Giants loss, would bring the Eagles back to within two games of the NFC East lead.  That would be followed by a Week 11 showdown with the Giants that could potentially bring the Eagles to within only one game of the lead.

Would that be enough to start renewing playoff hope for Eagles fans?

The Eagles have an anti-climatic game this week against the Arizona Cardinals.  It was supposed to be the return of quarterback Kevin Kolb and these two teams were anticipated to be playoff contenders.

Instead, Kolb has been underwhelming in Arizona this season and the Eagles have been playing erratic and mistake-filled football.  Kolb will also not be playing due to an injury which takes away even more meaning from this game.

To boot, both teams are just a combined 5-11 on the year so this isn’t exactly the clash of the titans here.

Even with all the Eagles’ ills this year, I still fully expect them to beat this Arizona team.  As a matter of fact, anything less than a thorough beating will be disappointing.

I think most Eagles fans feel the same way.  Most people expect a victory this week but it won’t be anything to get excited about.  It is, after all, merely a weak Arizona Cardinals team they would be defeating.

How excited can anyone get by beating a lesser opponent?  On face value, that answer would be: not much.

However, what if the division-leading Giants happen to lose as well?  Of course, this was supposed to have  been what happened last week but as it turned out, the opposite came true.

Last weekend was seriously deflating in terms of fan excitement for the Eagles this year.  But what happens if the Eagles start to piece together a few wins that are coupled with Giants’ losses?

The New York Giants play the feisty, if not lucky, San Francisco 49ers this week.  Their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, has that team highly motivated and playing well.

I must say, though, that the 49ers are overachieving at this point and I’m still not a real believer in them.  With that said, it’s not out of the question that they can manage to beat the Giants, especially playing at home.

If this happened, it would set up a 4-5 Eagles team facing a 6-3 Giants team in Week 11.  The Eagles would then have a chance to pull to within one game of a Giants team that would have to face the Saints, Packers and Cowboys in the following three weeks.

So, would this at least restore a slight glimmer of hope?  Would the true and forever optimistic Eagles fan shine through again?

Or has this season gone so badly that you’ve given up all hope and it would take much more than one win and one Giants loss to even think about getting excited again?

Technically, the Eagles are not eliminated from playoff contention yet.  Yes, it’s true that the odds are stacked against them, believe me, I know.

However, isn’t there at least a little part of you that still holds out hope?  And will a win over Arizona (plus a loss by the Giants) get your juices going again, even if only slightly?

For me, I can’t help but think it will.  The big caveat to all this is whether or not the Giants lose.  If they don’t, an Eagles victory over the hapless Cardinals won’t do much for me in terms of playoff optimism.

What about you?  What will it take for you to regain some hope for the Eagles this year?





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8 Responses to Philadelphia Eagles: Would a Week 10 Eagles Win and Giants Loss Restore Hope?

  1. Smokes says:

    I admire your ability to try to be positive in these difficult times Dave, but, UUGH, of course we did it again! We let happen one 4th quarter-breakdown too many, and it has cost us the season… Lovely. I’m absolutely speechless at the lack of urgency and heart of this Eagles team. Just beside myself.

    Go Lions.

    • Hey Smokes, yeah I was trying to grasp at one last straw of optimism. Hey, one of those things came true…the Giants lost! Just sucks that the Eagles couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain.

      Unfortunately, I have lost all optimism now. The Eagles are not only bad, they’re historically bad this year. There are just so many things wrong with this team from the top on down, it’s hard to pinpoint any one thing. And when things are that bad, sometimes the best thing to do is to blow everything up and start over because Andy Reid is at the root of the majority of problems.

      But, I’m still not convinced that Lurie will fire Reid after this season…unless they end up 5-11 or worse and keep playing like they did yesterday. Do I want to see Reid go? I think it’s time.

      • Smokes says:

        I believe it is time too. And the Giants losing yesterday adds to the frustration, because I know the Eagles definitely COULD’VE and SHOULD’VE won this game, making it a closer race for the NFC East. But, as you’ve said, this historically bad season is over.

        Consider this from another article I just read: “The Eagles have the same record at this point in the season as the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.”

        Ouch. Not good company.

        • Not good company indeed! Ugh! And things just keep getting worse…did you hear that Vick has a couple of broken ribs? He’ll probably miss some time and leave us with Mr. Dream Team quoter Vince Young at the helm…yikes! Though, that will hopefully help the team…get a better draft pick that is!

  2. Jim Nic says:

    Hey Dave,

    Hope is no longer a word to be used for the Eagles 2011-2012 season. I can think of a few other choice words to use and not one of them is a word I’ve ever wanted to associate with the Eagles. But here goes, how about…

    Uninspired, lifeless, indifferent, poorly coached, sluggish… man, I could go on and on…

    How do you destroy the Cowboys on national television and then lose to the lowly, second string QB’d Cardinals a couple of weeks later??

    This truism is ringing in my ears… ‘uninspired coaching produces uninspired play’… what do you see?

    • Hey Jim, I would agree with everything you just said. Everything that is wrong with the Eagles was evident against Arizona…EVERYTHING. You know what we’re experiencing this year? The Washington Redskins effect…remember all the times Dan Snyder tried to buy a team with free agents…and they ended up sucking? Yeah, that’s the Eagles this year.

      Just proves that teams win games, not a collection of individuals. That’s what the Eagles are right now, a collection of individuals.

      • Jim Nic says:

        Hey Dave, You’ve hit on something… ‘The Synder Effect’… and you’re right, you can not BUY your team, no matter how outstanding the players are… But this reveals one thing that really bothers me… the Eagles are showing a level of desperation I have never seen before… is it the coaching staff, the FO or both??

        • I think all of the above. The FO and Reid saw what they viewed as an opportunity, given their salary cap position vs. many other teams, to go all out and load up for a run. What they failed to anticipate was how all of the new pieces they acquired…both players and coaches…would all fit together.

          I don’t think that this team believes in what they’re doing. Uncertainty and confusion are what you see on the field.

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