Eagles Glasses Are Rose-Colored
The Eagles refuse to believe that they are out of the NFL playoff race, which is good for proponents of positive thinking and bad for those who prefer realism.
At 4-5, they are looking up at three teams in the NFC East - Dallas (6-3), the N.Y. Giants (6-3) and even Washington (5-4).
With two losses to Dallas, the Eagles would have to finish one game ahead of the Cowboys to pass them.
It says here that 10 games will win the East, which means the Eagles merely have to go 6-1. If one listens to coach Andy Reid and the players, this should be no problem.
"The bottom line is, as bad as it seems today, we are two games out of first place in the NFC East and we have a great opportunity to go forward here and put the remaining part of this season together in a plus manner," Reid said at his weekly press conference.
Hearing it that way, the Eagles should just start ordering their playoff tickets right now. There is only one problem - there has been no evidence that this sinking ship will turn around.
The Eagles to their credit have played hard, but then again, most NFL teams do that. Those that play hard and win are the special teams.
The Eagles have made a season's worth of bad decisions, culminated by the pass attempt that turned into Roy Williams' 46-yard interception return for a touchdown.
It was a bad call, especially since Dallas would have used its final two timeouts if the Eagles ran the ball on second down instead of passing.
And the execution by McNabb has was even worse.
Reid said the team has to cut down on penalties and nobody will argue after seeing them flagged 14 times for 95 yards against Dallas.
What the Eagles have to do even more than that, is cut out the turnovers. McNabb has thrown nine interceptions in nine games. Last season he threw just eight the entire season.
Of course, if the Eagles stood up and said they had no chance to make the playoffs, that would be even worse than the optimistic front they are portraying right now.
What would be better would be something in the middle. Instead of talking about the great opportunity they have to move forward, Reid should tell it like it is - that the Eagles have their collective backs against the wall and that wall is really beginning to crumble.
All the talk in the world won't change things. The Eagles need a victory and until it happens, all the words will seem pretty hollow.