Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The Most Important Game of the Season

With the way the Eagles are reeling, it could be argued that Sunday's game at Fed Ex Field against the Washington Redskins will help define the rest of the season. First of all, the Redskins are a solid team, but nothing more than that. Sure there were three early season wins over Chicago, Dallas and Seattle that were impressive. And the Skins have been in every game up until Sunday's 36-0 disaster to the New York Giants.
Still, this was a team that was picked to be fourth best in a four-team NFC East and right now that looks like a sound prediction.
The defense is banged up, the offense is woefully inconsistent and this is a team that the Eagles have to beat in order to prove they are playoff-caliber.
Will it be easy? Heck no. There are no easy games in the NFL, other than those with the 49ers, who lost by a combined 94-20 to the Eagles and Skins.
Stopping Santana Moss (42 receptions, 777 yards, 5 TDs) won't be fun, but if Moss is taken out of the game, the Redskins are left with depending on the running of Clinton Portis. Right now I'd rather let Portis try to beat me than Moss.
The Eagles have shown that they can beat a decent team on the road, defeating Kansas City, 37-31. That's the same Chiefs team that beat the Skins, 28-21 on Oct. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium.
With consecutive games against the New York Giants and Dallas following this week, the Eagles need a game to re-establish their NFC turf.
If it doesn't happen this week, then it may not occur all season.