Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Coincidence, or is this team special?

Feelings aren’t facts but there were just too many factual or near-factual coincidences attached to the Eagles win Sunday to not think this team has championship destiny.
For example, Jackson, Baskett and Greg Lewis all had 100 or more receiving yards. The last time the Eagles did that they won the NFL championship in 1960. Pete Retzlaff was part of that receiver group and he was at the game Sunday.
Then there was the near-shutout.
Had Rams head coach Scott Linehan gone for the end zone instead of a 46-yard field goal with 9:01 left the Eagles would have had their first opening-day shutout since 1949 – when they won an NFL championship.
It almost makes you wonder if they dropped what should have been four interceptions on opening day in 1960 or 1949, if you know what I mean.
It’s early but there’s just something about this team and it starts with the rookie Jackson, who has brought amazing energy and skills.
These Eagles also seem to be a contradiction.
As well as they played in their 38-3 win over the Rams, they could have played a lot better. As good as they are, they’re not really that good, are they?
The real test will come next Monday when the Eagles oppose the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys have a pass rush and a mutual hate for the Eagles.


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