Monday, December 6, 2010

Down the Stretch For the Birds

Time To Get Healthy For The Final Four From

A few days ago, I heard an analyst (I forgot who) say the Eagles would need to score 35 points to beat the Houston Texans. That’s pretty much what they did, winning last nights game 34-24.

Although they’re record is 5-7, the Texans have been held under 20 points only three times this season.

When you consider Houston’s offense and the current state of the Eagles defense, a 49-7 victory sounds kind of unrealistic.

The most important thing is the Eagles improved their record to 8-4, keeping pressure on their division rival New York Giants.

What’s impressive about this win is the Eagles were able to do it without two key defensive starters, Asante Samuel and Jaqua Parker. Even if they were able to play, the Texans offense would’ve been tough.
After a brutal yet successful 4 games in 18 days, the Eagles get a chance to rest 10 days before a Sunday night game in Dallas.

This “mini-bye” couldn’t have come at a better time because this is a slightly banged up football team.
In addition to Samuel and Parker, Michael Vick took quite few hits these last 3 games. He needed to ride the stationary bike when the defense was on the field to keep his thigh loose after a hit from a Texan’s helmet.
LeSean McCoy has been magnificent. Still, any chance to rest his rib is a great opportunity.

The Eagles remaining schedule includes two games against the Cowboys, one in the Meadowlands against the Giants and a home match against Minnesota.

Winning all four and finishing with a 12-4 record is very realistic. But, if the Eagles aren’t careful, losing out and finishing 8-8 is a gloomy possibility as well.

With this time to rest and get healthy, this team should be at full strength and prepared to accomplish the former.

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