After their 3 consecutive loss, the Eagles are now officially in trouble. "The Dream Team" comments from opposing fans around the league are coming full force now. I'm sure Jermichael Finnley is laughing in some part of Green Bay and thinking of himself as some sort of psychic for his bold predictions in dubbing the Packers as the team to beat in spite of the Eagles' offseason moves. The thing we all have to remember in this league as well as any sport for that matter, is that it's not how well you play in the beginning of the season, it's how well you finish that counts. Regardless of the meltdowns the Eagles have had in 3 straight games from their defense, I still hold a level of optimism for this team. While many are writing the Eagles off, I look at the latest setback as a wake up call. I believe this loss to the niners was actually a good thing. It will light a fire under their bellies because now they have their backs against the wall. Don't worry Eagles fans, there are a lot of positives to take from this latest setback.
1st, the Eagles looked awesome in the 1st half en route to building a 20 to 3 lead. Vick was playing out of his mind and making a very good 49ers defense look down right silly with his otherworldly play.
2nd, the defense looked much improved in the 1st half with the new LB core the coaching staff put in place. They were solid against the run and pass in the 1st half. Too bad they didn't sustain it in the second. If this team puts together a complete game it will be down right scary (I believe they will).
3rd, Ronnie Brown is the between the tackles grinder the Eagles brought him in to be. I look for Brown to get more touches late in games to kill clock when the Eagles have leads.
4th, as I mentioned earlier it's not how you start that matters in this league of parity. It's how you finish and there are more than enough games left in the season for the Eagles to turn things around. Regardless of how well the Packers are playing now, they are playing good "now." It won't matter at the end of the season if they don't sustain it. Any team can get hot at any point of the season and the Eagles have just as good a chance as any to do just that. In fact, regardless of how much they're underachieving I still believe they are the team that no one will want to face in the playoffs (Outside the Packers). That being said this team is too talented not to turn things around. If this current loss doesn't provide the punch of a much needed wake up call for this franchise, I don't know what will. So it's not time to panic just yet. Have faith in the football gods that the tide is about to turn. Keep an eye on the next 3 weeks of football for the Eagles. It's gut check time for Vick and company. They might want to listen to Jenkins' words of wisdom from experience in his latest interview on the Eagles meltdown yesterday.