Confession. I didn’t see a second of the game yesterday. I had to watch the ESPN.com gamecast app on my phone as I half paid attention to a delightful Sunday wedding (mazel tov, Barry and Carol).
I didn’t see a second of the action, but even by intermittently reading the results of each play on my phone I could tell the Eagles had unhooked the Broncos off their ventilator in the first quarter and silently watched them pass away for the rest of the game like an unwanted relative.
It was a mercy killing. Brock, sorry, but you shouldn’t have signed that DNR.
Watching highlights of the game reaffirmed what I saw on Gamecast. It was a smashing, through and through, against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Big dick Nick Foles even got to slang it around for a while. I’m sure you’ll hear a few people call into WIP and wonder if Foles should start for the rest of the year to keep Wentz “fresh.”
The Eagles are 8-1. Tops in the NFC East. Tops in the NFC. Tops in the NFL.
So why are we all still waiting for the other shoe to drop? Why is it so hard for us to come to grips that this team is actually this fucking good?
They’re all out of shoes. Nothing left to drop.
Admit it. I’ll admit it. I’m waiting for a clunker. You know the one from season’s past…the Eagles are heavy favorites, playing at home against an obviously inferior opponent, who has already made a quarterback change…yet they somehow lose by 20.
It seems like it happens every year. But wasn’t yesterday supposed to be that game? Inferior opponent? Check. Backup quarterback? Check. A team on the decline having to travel East and play a far superior team? Check.
It all adds up to an Eagles clunker…yet the Eagles smashed the Broncos head in with a steel-toed boot in the first quarter and never looked back.
Is this team different? Well, maybe, but they haven’t played anybody yet, right? That’s got to be it.
Except they did play Carolina…beat them. They are already 6-0 in the NFC East, including twice against the Redskins, who just beat the Seahawks yesterday. Does a Zeke-less Cowboys put the fear of god into you? Does a Cowboys team WITH Zeke put the fear of god into you? Not really.
They lost one game to an AFC team in week 2. Do you think that game may go a bit differently if they played each other next week? With this improved defense? With their new shiny, British toy in Jay Ajayi?
Even Ajayi had nothing but ecstatic words for the Philadelphia media during his post game press conference:
PIP PIP, WHAT’S ALL THIS THEN? I RAN FOR ME TOUCHDOWN LIKE I WAS RUNNING FOR ME GRANDMOTHER’S FAMED ST. SWIGGIN’S DAY FIGGY PUDDING I DID. OY, THOSE FANS WERE MAKING SUCH A CLATTER THEY GAVE ME A FRIGHT I’LL NEVER FORGET. – Jay Ajayi
(I’m sorry Jay)
So why the doubt? Why is it so hard to believe the Eagles could actually be THIS GOOD? Remember back in 2008? We all waited for the Phillies, the most losingest-franchise in all of sports to blow their postseason run, and that ended in a drunken parade down Broad Street.
Fuck me, if the Phillies can win a World Series, is it THAT crazy the Eagles could win a Super Bowl?
Are we all so ingrained with a losers mentality that we can’t just enjoy the Eagles ride and take it for what it is? That the Eagles are one of the best, if not THE BEST, team in the NFL?
Why can’t us? See everyone in Minnesota.