We’ve spent the past fortnight spending nearly every waking second hunkered down in the Wentz Wagon, as it barrels along at a million miles-per-hour (that’s fast). And man, what a two week ride it’s been; but while in the midst of this amazing ride, we’ve still found time (a little at least) to praise Doug Pederson, and simultaneously admit our mutual shock that he may actually be a good – maybe great – head coach. And we’ve even taken a little time to revel in the fact that our team sits at 2-0. But one thing we haven’t really done (except for Bob Ford), is ask the question: “What if the Eagles are really good?” I mean, sure, they could win the NFC East; I think most people will acknowledge that now, especially with how bad the rest of the division has looked. But we haven’t really stopped to consider that, maybe, the Eagles could actually be a legitimately good football team. Is it that crazy to think that a team consisting of a potentially generational QB, a potentially great defense, and a potential good-to-great head coach could be a top contender? Absolutely not. Having said that, do I think the Eagles are a legitimate contender? Absolutely not. But, as Bob Ford lays out, if they beat the Steelers it might actually be time to start treating them that way. Like a legitimate effing contender. Soooooo…Go Birds. Now, onto some Football Friday links!
If you haven’t read Kevin Clark (lead NFL writer for The Ringer); rectify that now. I like Kevin Clark. And Kevin Clark really likes Carson Wentz.
Think you know how the Eagles-Steelers game is going to play out? So do the guys at Birds 24/7, Philly.com and BleedingGreenNation.com. Make sure to read all the predictions so you can give them a friendly ribbing when they’re wrong. That’s what I’d do anyway.
Speaking of Eagles-Steelers, is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t think Antonio Brown is going to have a monster day against a shorthanded Eagles secondary? Anyone? Anyone?
And it’s not just Brown, the Steelers offense is clearly the best they’ve faced this season by a wide margin. How they fare against their toughest challenge to date is the biggest storyline in this game, at least in my eyes; outside of a certain ginger…obviously.
Flipping over to the offensive side of the ball where one of Wentz’s top weapons will be out again; clearing the way for another magical Trey Burton game, as the tight end is finally getting the chance to “showcase his skills.”
While I’m excited about Burton, I’m worried about Jason Kelce. The center has looked atrocious so far this season. Why has he been so bad, you ask. Well, here’s the answer.
Lastly, let’s go out with a nod to Dougie P. As mentioned in the lead (#InsideBaseball), we’ve taken a moment here or there to recognize how great he’s been, but he’s certainly been overshadowed by Carson, and rightfully so; but Doug deserves his due. He hasn’t just been an Andy Reid clone, like many of us expected, and may even (potentially) be a great head coach. Man, it’s a fun time to be an Eagles fan; honestly, I can’t remember the last time the future looked this bright.