Are the Philadelphia Eagles Out of the Woods Yet?
On my Fox Sports Radio show, “Inside Pro Football,” I said that the Eagles were a desperate team heading into this weekend’s game against the Washington Redskins. I further stated that “a desperate team is a dangerous team.”
The Eagles, for the most part, handled the Washington Redskins, thanks largely to 4 Rex Grossman interceptions and a solid running game. The Eagles finished with 192 yards rushing and a 5.1 average per carry.
But, did the Eagles do enough in their win over the Redskins to serve notice that they are back in the hunt in the NFC East Divisional race? This remains an open question with Dallas coming to Philadelphia in 2 weeks for a pivotal divisional match-up. The Eagles will use this bye week to get healthy at some key positions. In addition, Andy Reid has an incredible record of 12-0 after the bye week in his career as the Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach.
Despite Michael Vick staying healthy and racking up over 400 yards of offense in 2 of the last 3 games, and despite Lesean McCoy’s emergence as one of the best running backs in the NFL, the Eagles’ offense is not a finished product. The offensive line must get better in a hurry if they are going to challenge for the division title.
Todd Herremans proved yesterday that he belongs on the left side of the line and with Jason Peters coming back from injury, Herremans should be the left guard. At center, the Jason Kelce experiment is over. Jamaal Jackson needs to return to his starting role immediately! Then, with Danny Watkins and Winston Justice holding down the right side, the Eagles offensive line will be set for the rest of the season and a true playoff run.Continued on the next page