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Why pre-season predictions are dumb

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Remember when the schedule came out? Remember how every fan and every "expert" worked out their win loss record for every team? Remember how the Eagles season was supposed to go?

The Eagles would easily rip through their weak early season schedule only to falter in the second half and be ultimately done in by three straight NFC East losses on the road.

This was the "cakewalk" part of the schedule where we'd build our cushion for the brutal second half.

@ New Orleans (L 24-27)
@ Tampa Bay (L 21-23)
Jacksonville (L 6-13)
Tennessee (L 13-31)

Then was supposed to come the impossible part of the schedule where the Eagles would squander the cushion they built early and finish in the basement of the NFC East...

@ Indianapolis (L 21-45)
Carolina (W 27-24)
@ Washington (W 21-19)
@ NY Giants (W 36-22)
@ Dallas (?????)

Can you imagine the kind of predicitions people would have given if they knew McNabb would be gone for the 2nd half?

The paradox that is the Eagles season in many ways reflects the crazy, up and down year it's been in the NFL.

The NFL network has chosen the Eagles/Giants game as one of the games of the week and will replay it on "NFL Network Replay" Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET and Friday, Dec. 22 at 9:30 p.m. ET

Game of the Week: Eagles 36, Giants 22
In a battle for the NFC wild-card lead, the Eagles used big plays in the second half to beat the reeling Giants.