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[Updated] Eagles Eternal: Your Take on 2012 Schedule - How Do You See Each Game Unfolding ?

You want to talk Eagles ? Well, you are in the right place. BGN is so great that you can find pretty much everything and anything related to Eagles news on here. But I felt there was still something missing, a place within BGN where we can talk Eagles non-stop without having to go from one fan post, fan shot or daily update to the next. And that's what brought about the creation of the Eagles Eternal. Hoping to make this forum a great place for BGNers to come and have a prolonged discussion about everything Eagles !

Note: This thread also welcomes everyone who is thinking about writing up a real short fanpost because they just have an Eagles question or thought they want to share. You can share it here or as a fanshot and you should get more positive feedback.

Share your opinions on the Schedule not as a whole, but on a game by game basis. Start with Week 1 and share how you see the game unfolding, taking into account the opponents' strength and weaknesses and determining what strategy the Eagles will implement to beat that particular opponent. Some games are more physically challenging then others, like the Steelers always play the Eagles tough, so also take into account the effects of a game carrying onto the following week in your analysis. Not looking for just wins and losses, but more about looking at each game in-depth. There are no right or wrong opinions, so don't be hesitant to share your take - we are all here to learn from each other's knowledge of the game. We'll start off with Cleveland (Trent Richardson - hope you know how to block in pass protection), exhaust all the different angles we can take on that game and then move on to the next game and so on and so on until we reach the Giants at the New Meadowlands on December 30th (when our backups will eliminate the Giants from a wild-card berth).

P.S. - You can even go as far as predicting the plays we'll run during a particular game (no deep passes on the first play), when Reid will take his first timeout of the game (can't be within the first minute of the game), which offensive player will be featured in the game due to a mismatch, which player will have the most tackles or interceptions and which Qb will be killed (figuratively) by our crazy d-linemen. Also, which new players (free agents and draft class) has the opponent added, which offensive players will give us trouble and where would be the trouble spots against their D. Just for the fun of it, we'll see how close you get. We'll do this again in more detail before each game as well, this is just for practice (yes, we're talking about practice).

Btw, we are playing Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the 1st and 3rd games (respectively) of the Preseason as well.

Week 01

Cleveland Browns@ Cleveland Browns: Sun, 09/09 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 02

Baltimore RavensBaltimore Ravens: Sun, 09/16 at 1:00 PM, CBS

Week 03

Arizona Cardinals@ Arizona Cardinals: Sun, 09/23 at 4:05 PM, FOX

Week 04

New York GiantsNew York Giants: Sun, 09/30 at 8:20 PM, NBC

Week 05

Pittsburgh Steelers@ Pittsburgh Steelers: Sun, 10/07 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 06

Detroit LionsDetroit Lions: Sun, 10/14 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 07

BYE WEEK: Lots of rest and recovering from nagging injuries !

Week 08

Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons, Sun, 10/28 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 09

New Orleans Saints@ New Orleans Saints: Mon, 11/05 at 8:30 PM, ESPN

Week 10

Dallas CowboysDallas Cowboys: Sun, 11/11 at 4:15 PM, FOX

Week 11

Washington Redskins@ Washington Redskins: Sun, 11/18 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 12

Carolina PanthersCarolina Panthers: Mon, 11/26 at 8:30 PM, ESPN

Week 13

Dallas Cowboys@ Dallas Cowboys: Sun, 12/02 at 8:20 PM, NBC

Week 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sun, 12/09 at 1:00 PM, FOX

Week 15

Cincinnati BengalsCincinnati Bengals: Thu, 12/13 at 8:20 PM, NFL Network

Week 16

Washington RedskinsWashington Redskins: Sun, 12/23 at 1:00 PM EST, FOX

Week 17

New York Giants@ New York Giants: Sun, 12/30 at 1:00 PM, FOX

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Previous Topic: Calm Before The Storm

We are going into about a 5 week lull, but don't let the lull put you to sleep, behind the scenes this team is going to continue with their workouts together, continue to build that chemistry off-field and also get the much needed rest before a grueling season starts. The Eagles are gonna be a marked team again, everybody and their mother will want to beat the Eagles and the Eagles will get the opposing team's best effort. Everyone in the league knows that if they take the Eagles lightly then they'll be blown out of the water with the talent on this team, so you can bet that the Eagles aren't going to sneak up on anyone. They still have a bullseye on them. But the Birds just have to accept this challenge, they have to step up to the challenge and come out swinging. They can't hold back once the regular season starts, they have to play all out.

Staying Healthy

Depth, depth, depth -- that is the key. We have good depth at a lot of positions but there are 3 very important positions where I would be worried if we have injuries.

  1. QB - No matter how hard Vick tries to play not to get hurt, the game he plays involves some risk. If for some reason he's out for more than a game, then we have Kafka and Foles backing him up. From what we hear, Kafka has improved arm strength and is off to a good start at the OTA's. Pre-season should tell us more about if he is ready to step in or if we're gonna be in trouble if Vick goes down. Let's keep our fingers crossed ! It's exciting to hear the reviews that Foles has gotten, but he's at least a year away from being a productive back-up in this offense. Let's hope we don't have to put him in at any point this season.
  2. WR - This is by far the biggest concern in terms of depth. If either DeSean or Maclin is out for an extended period of time then I don't see a capable receiver that can fill in for them and be a threat on the outside. Riley Cooper, who plays on the outside, would be the next receiver in, and unless he steps up his game this year, we're gonna be in trouble if we need him to produce on the outside. Avant and McNutt, are better suited for the slot, so they won't be of any help if the top 2 are out. Our offense might be in serious trouble if DeSean or Jeremy is out for an extended period.
  3. CB - There is a considerable drop-off on the outside corner position if either Nnamdi or DRC is unable to go due to an injury at some point during the season. Cliff Harris (if he makes the team), Brandon Hughes and Curtis Marsh would be the options on the outside. I hope Harris is a good player and makes the team, Hughes and Marsh would be serviceable, but not sure how long they would hold up out there. The pre-season should tell us more about what we have in the backups. Out of the 3 positions, this is the least concerning, but still could be an issue if the depth is not upto par.

So let's hope that a few important players can stay upright and healthy this year. We need everyone healthy and can't afford to lose any of our starters, but if we lose our starting Qb, Wr or Cb, then it could turn into a big problem. This is going to be a long and challenging season, we need each and everyone of our difference makers to be available and a full-go. Anything less is not going to cut it.

So let the players have a little down time now and come back refreshed and ready for Training Camp. Unless the Eagles sign an unexpected free agent, the next few weeks should be pretty silent on all fronts. Silent until the Eagles fans flock to Lehigh in the last week of July. Until then, rest up, because this season is going to be one for the ages !!!

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