The Must-Win Statement Game of the Century

Posted: September 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 9 Comments »

The Eagles open against the division rival Skins. Must Win.

The Skins have owned the Eagles in recent years, winning 5 in a row. Must win.

This is a road game, where the Eagles struggled mightily last year. Must win.

The season opener sets the tone for the season. Must win.

So if the Eagles lose to the Skins and then 15 in a row…what does that mean? I know, I know. The Eagles aren’t going to win 15 in a row. So let’s say the Eagles go 10-5 the rest of the way. That’s possible. The point is that saying the Eagles MUST win this game is silly.

But it’s a statement game!!!

Remember when the Eagles beat Dallas in the 2000 season opener? The score was 41-14 and the game wasn’t even that close. What a statement, right? People actually forget that the Eagles lost the next two weeks and fell to 1-2. The Giants beat them 33-18 and the Packers won 6-3. That was some putrid offense. The win over Dallas showed how good the Eagles could be when things went right, but it didn’t show the Eagles were a great team and would be playing at that level all season. It also showed how far the Cowboys were about to fall.

The Eagles dominated Dallas on Thanksgiving in 2014. That put the team at 9-3 and people saw them as having a possible shot at the top seed in the NFC. Chip Kelly was asked if that was a statement game. He responded by saying that’s not how the NFL works. What you do in one game only means something if you make it mean something. The Eagles lost three in a row after the Dallas win and ended up missing the playoffs. Clearly that wasn’t a statement game.

This can be a statement game, if the Eagles win it and then back it up in the coming weeks.

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Be careful about making too much of what happens today, good or bad.

The NFL season is a marathon. One game is one game. Last year the team began 3-0 and finished 7-9.

The season is short enough that every game means something, but it is long enough that no one game is everything. In college football, every single game is life and death. In the NBA, NHL and MLB, one game means virtually nothing. The NFL is in the middle of that.

The key is to stay as healthy as possible. That gives you the best chance to finish the marathon in good position.

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  • GermanEagle

    Today exactly 4 years ago my wife gave birth to my beautiful twin daughters.

    Today exactly 4 years ago the Eagles kicked off the NFL season.

    Today exactly 4 years ago the Eagles played the season opener in Washington.

    Today 4 years ago the Eagles offense looked unstoppable.

    Let’s hope for another similar outcome today, apart from having another set of children.

    • or____

      Cheers

    • SteveH

      The children would be much more surprising than the Eagles win I’m sure!

  • Ark87

    It’s definitely not an absolute must-win as in playoffs in September. But we do need to win the winnable games. If we lose this game, we then have to go play the Chiefs in their house, and Reid has extra time to prep for that one. Currently where I think we are, we probably don’t win in that scenario but any given Sunday and all that. I think this team is good enough to get into the playoffs, but probably not from a 2-game hole, there is just way too much competition in the NFC. So I think this is a big game on top of it being a division game.

  • Gary Barnes

    lol, Cataldi is such a blowhard tool. I will march in celebration down Broad Street the day he finally retires. I know WIP will never let him go. It is embarrassing.

    GO EAGLES!!

    • Ark87

      He’s the poster boy for what everyone in America thinks is all Eagles fans. To top it all off, the dude just doesn’t know squat about football. As you said, embarrassing.

      • Gary Barnes

        Its another example of the entertainmentization and “win at all costs” commercialization of media in general, but sports in particular.

        Radio in sports like WIP and politics (Rush Limbaugh et al.) have done it for years and TV and the internet have followed suit.

        Personality counts more than facts, click bait fake news is supported and endless drama drives ratings. ESPN made it an art form, but we now have straight up propaganda entities like Info Wars, Breitbart and Daily KOS that do not even pretend to be truthful or reality-based any more.

        It is deeply embarrassing, but also dangerous for the future of our society. Unfortunately, our educational system is so dysfunctional that people do not even know how to tell the difference between fact and propaganda anymore. Really scary.

    • DrGeniusPhD

      He’s the worst and the world will be a better place when he retires or dies.

  • GermanEagle

    OT:

    Watching NFL Kickoff on Fox it’s really nice to see that Mike Vick has turned his life around. #7