It took them 7 weeks. 7 weeks with much more downs than ups, but they finally put it together.
And who better to put it together against, than the Dallas Cowboys?
I'm still aggravated that I had to miss the first half of the first quarter. Thankfully, it was only about 10 minutes worth of 60 total minutes of the best football the Eagles have put together so far this season. Honestly, I think this is the most dominating win they've had over Dallas since the 44-6 rout they had in 2009. Probably even better. Erase that ridiculous 70 yard touchdown pass, and it definitely becomes more dominant.
Now, there is just one thing that is on everyone's minds: Can the Philadelphia Eagles keep this up enough to earn a spot in the playoffs?
There are too many what-if's for this team so far this season, but they can't be denied. The Eagles showed many moments of dominance in their previous games, but were finally able to put it together for an entire game. No 4th quarter letdowns, no turnovers, and no mercy. And another "if" that comes to mind is that IF the Eagles can keep that kind of gameplay up, then the Green Bay Packers could be looking at the team that stands in their way of getting to Indianapolis. It seems cocky to say after such an awful start for a team with as much talent as the Eagles have, but again, after last night's performance, how would they NOT be able to stand up to the defending champs? If anything, the Eagles might have a slight advantage given that the Packers pass defense is only doing "so-so". Many people are even wondering how, after this game and all the times the Eagles could have kept their stranglehold on previous games, they're 3-4 instead of say 5-2, 6-1, or even 7-0. But, I digress.
Moving forward, the Eagles have a pretty tough schedule. But to their fortune, as well as the fortune of the fans, so do the Giants, who visit the New England Patriots and then go cross-country to face the lone NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers. Personally, I think that after their humiliating Super Bowl defeat and the embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, the Patriots will be out for blood. And travelling to the west coast is always difficult. Just ask the Eagles when they had to do so against that whole division in 2009. And with the 49ers playing as convincingly as they are, the Giants have some tough waters to tread.
The Eagles get to stay cozy in Philadelphia and will try to turn that losing streak into a much-needed winning streak as they have the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Patriots come to visit in 3 of the 4 forthcoming weeks with a visit to the New Meadowlands in the mix as well. The games they've played against the Bears have been loss-win-loss this decade, with a defensive pounding being given to the Eagles last season still fresh in their minds. Kevin Kolb will return to Philadelphia a week after that, and may not have the homecoming he might have had in high school when his one-win Cardinals come to town. The Patriots haven't come to Philadelphia since 2003, and when they did, they embellished that twinge of fear that most Eagles fans get when they have to face them when they crushed the Eagles 31-10. Luckily, though, they look just as human as the rest of the NFL this season. It's amazing that after 3 weeks, including one bye week, the Eagles have already gone from a 1-4 team with many uncertainties, to a 3-4 team that holds second place in the NFC East that looks just as threatening as any team in the NFL.
We'd all love to see our birds win out the year, but realistically, that will probably not happen. The best we can ask for as fans is that we keep our losses outside of the division, and hope that those losses that do not kill our spirits. This team DOES have the ability to win out if they play mistake-free, team-oriented football, though. The team has tasted the blood in the water, and that blood was shed by both Washington and Dallas at Philadelphia's hands. All that can be said are if's and maybe's, so for now, we relish in Dallas' demise, and Philadelphia's phlawlessness