Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Is Eagles Bandwagon Reloading?

After Monday's 27-24 win over the Carolina Panthers, Eagles offensive guard Shawn Andrews talked about proving to the doubters that this indeed was still a quality team.
Consider this writer as one of the big doubters. While one game doesn't turn around a season, it did save it for the Eagles.
Now the Eagles are 6-6 and very much in the playoff hunt, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some major concerns. Had Jake Delhomme not made an ill-advised end zone pass that was intercepted by Lito Sheppard, the Panthers could have at least taken this game into overtime.
Still, the Eagles made their breaks, something that wasn't done very much while they were losing five of the previous six games.
Right now all the win did was assure the Eagles that they still have meaningful games with a quarter of the season remaining.
And even though the defense is still giving up big plays, the fact that the offense picked up the defense is no small feat.
Right now the Eagles control their own destiny, but nobody really knows how the Birds will react on Sunday against Washington.
This has been an unpredictable team, playing in an equally unpredictable NFC.
Give the Eagles credit. They scored 27 points against a team that was yielding 17.3 coming into the game.
This was a must-win situation, and the Eagles came through. The players can't get caught up in the playoff race, only about showing consistency Sunday against the Redskins.
Forget about the Redskins' 4-8 record. There are no easy games.
The Eagles have realized this first-hand. Maybe now their opponents will start feeling the same way.