Friday, September 08, 2006

Eagles Should Be Wild Card Bound

We've seen the Eagles through the first day of training camp in Lehigh to now, as they prepare for the regular season opener in Houston against the Texans.
The Eagles appear vastly improved, but so do the other three teams in the NFC East. The difference between the first place team in the NFC East and the fourth could be paper-thin. The Eagles could end up with either role, or of course something in between.
The defense has a chance to be among the elite in the NFC. The offense is a work in progress, although quarterback Donovan McNabb could be the NFL comeback player of the year.
There is no doubt that this is a confident team, and one a little ticked off at the preseason predictions, many which have them staying in the NFC East basement.
As with any team, the key will be injuries. If the Eagles stay relatively healthy, and if McNabb has an expected bounce-back season, there is no reason why they can't re-enter the postseason.
The first half schedule isn't as treacherous as the second half, so the Eagles must get off to a good start.
That means a minimum of 3-1 in the first four games, 6-2 in the first eight. Besides McNabb, the other single most important player will be running back Brian Westbrook, whose injury history has to concern Eagles fans. Westbrook insists he is 100 percent and ready to go.
And it says here, so are the Eagles.
Pencil in the Eagles for a 10-6 season and a wild card berth. (The New York Giants are the pick to win the division).
Anything less than the postseason should be considered a major disappointment. It has been an extremely confident Eagles locker room. Now it's time for the Birds to back up their words.