Ok, as fun as the rivalry stuff has been this week it's probably time that we get down to some football. How about some positive news? My pal, Chris Collinsworth made a pretty convincing argument in a piece he did on NFL.com on why the Eagles might be better than we think.
He makes a fair point... While he still hasn't convinced me to change my stance of "this team is just not that good" he also shows why it's not that bad. We may not have a playoff team here but it's not a 6-10 team either.
The Eagles are really a case where the numbers don't tell the story. The offense has moved the ball and put up impressive numbers in terms of yardage... they just can't get in the end zone. The defense has been stout and put up impressive numbers against the run and haven't allowed many points... but they haven't come up with those game changing plays that define a great defense.
I think the team really stands on a precipice here. Those high rankings are either a sign of good things to come, or they are covering up problems. We are now approaching the halfway point of the season where "yeah, but" doesn't cut it anymore. "The offense isn't putting up TDs" "Yeah, but they are moving the ball well." There were no "yeah, buts" when we turned it around last year and won this division. After that Colts game they turned the corner and never looked back. This year's Eagle team either turns that corner now(or in the very near future) or never does.