Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Now The Real Schedule Begins For The Eagles

The Eagles proved that they can beat a poor team without some important components during Monday's 31-9 win over the Green Bay Packers. Running back Brian Westbrook and cornerback Lito Sheppard tried to work out before the game, but weren't cleared to play.
While the Eagles won't admit it, the fact that this was the Packers probably made it easier for them to be without Westbrook and Sheppard.
Now the first quarter of the season is over, the Eagles are 3-1 and should be 4-0. Everybody knows the more difficult games will appear on the schedule beginning this week.
Lost in all the frenzy that will occur with the return of Terrell Owens to Philadelphia is the fact that the Eagles went 0-6 last year in NFC East games. And they are 0-1 this season if anybody is counting.
So more important than flattening Owens or keeping him out of the end zone is the fact that the Eagles desperately need to beat an NFC East team. And a good one at that.
The Eagles proved that they could clean up on the lower echelon of the NFL. And they had the luxury of buying time with Sheppard and Westbrook, not to mention cornerback Roderick Hood who was also sidelined.
So even though they stumbled in the first half of Monday's game and trailed 9-7 against one of the worst teams in the NFL, they fought back, won and rested some injured players.
This game was forgotten as soon as the players left the locker room. That's because the JV portion of the schedule is over. The Cowboys are coming to town.