Regarding the NFC East, the coverage last night on ESPN was definitely Eagle heavy with Dallas a close second. Our Giants of course, got little mention after the highlights despite moving into first place after beating a 4-1 Bills team that kicked Phillys ass last week.
So it seems the majority of the media and the "experts" are more than ready to jump back on the Philly band wagon today after they beat the Redskins 20-13 in Washington yesterday. Same sentiments coming out of Philly, as well. The cover of the Philly Daily News Sports section reads: "Back In The Running."
As for how the players feel after the win, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Enquirer had this to say in regards to what the players were saying in the locker room after the win: "You get the sense when talking to the players that this (the performance vs. Skins) is what they have been working towards for the last several months, if things just went their way on a few occassions, a break here, a break there, a tipped pass there, that they would have been 5-1 or 6-0 going into this bye." Really? With how bad they played over the last 4 games, they needed a whole lot more than "A break here or there." They were man-handled, couldn't tackle, couldn't block anybody, couldn't coach. I hope they are dellusional enough to think they have righted the ship.
Redemtion for Juan Castillos defense is how it is being portrayed. They kept the Skins run game in check to the tune of 42 yards on the ground yesterday, picked off Grossman 4 times, and basically shut down the Redskin offense. And Juan was quite pleased with himself after the game too, as he was described to be "beaming" while talking to reporters and pointing out that he adjusted his DE's on running plays to not line up out so wide. WOW, impressive adjustment there.
The Eagles got what they needed. They stopped their losing streak at 4 and beat the Skins on the road to get a win before going into their bye. Big deal. To win this division, someone needs to win at least 10 games. That means, AT A MINIMUM, the Eagles will have to go 8-2 from here on out. If 11 wins are needed to win the NFC East, they will need to go 9-1. And they still have to play Dallas twice, NYJ, @ NYG, @SEA, and finish the season at home against the Skins.
The purpose of this post was to highlight the media jumping back on the Dream Team bandwagon as well as point out the Eagles confidence following a less than inspiring victory over a team whose QB practically gave the game away with 4 picks.
Honestly, I believe the division is ours, but it will not be easy. Either Philly or Dallas could win it, IMO, but it says here that it will come down to us and Philly, despite their terrible start and deficiencies. So go ahead Eagles, be pleased with yourselves, believe your press yet again. The Dream Team is once again, dreaming.