Thursday, October 12, 2006

Eagles Assure No Letdown Against Saints

All week long, the Eagles have insisted that they have put Sunday's emotional 38-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys behind them. The players and coaches have insisted thetr will be no letdown when they visit the New Orleans Saints Sunday in the Superdome.
Both teams are 4-1 and the way the Eagles are talking, one would think that the Saints are comparable to the Pittsburgh Steelers teams that won four Super Bowls in the '70's.
Then again, NFL coaches love to tell anybody within listening distance the strong points of any opponent.
Still, the Saints aren't 4-1 by accident and if the Eagles blow it in the Superdome, it won't be because of a letdown or that they took the Saints lightly, according to coach Andy Reid.
"The Saints are 4-1 and very worthy of that record," Reid said.
Of course three of the wins were over Cleveland, Green Bay and Tampa Bay, who have a combined 2-12 record. The Saints also beat Atlanta 23-3 in an emotional game that marked the return of football after hurricane Katrina to the Superdome.
The Eagles by the way have also beaten three lower-level teams (Houston, San Francisco and Green Bay) and one respected squad (Dallas).
"The Dallas game has been over for awhile and we're focusing in on a team that has continued to open up eyes across the league," Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said.
Sure the Saints are vastly improved from last year's 3-13 team. Two rookies, Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush and wide receiver Marques Colston, have given the offense a serious spark.
Quarterback Drew Brees has been the type of leader that the Saints envisioned when they signed him to a six-year $60 million contract with an $8 million bonus.
There is no doubt that the Saints are talented, although the fact that Green Bay put up 27 points, shows that the defense can be scored on.
New Orleans isn't the world beater that the Eagles would lead you to believe, but it is a team that is good enough to beat the Birds if they aren't on their game.
For now, we're taking the players and coaches at their word. If there is no letdown as promised, then the Eagles will leave the Superdome with a 5-1 record.