At (1-4) things were looking like a disaster. At (3-4) there was reason for optimism. At (3-6) it was definitely all over, yet at 6-8 there’s still life? Apparently so, and while being (6-8) after 14 games is hardly worthy of any praise, the Eagles have essentially risen from the grave, again, with the Giants’ and Cowboys’ inconsistencies, in particular, being key to their revival.
And now, what should the fans make of this? There is an old adage that may come to mind when considering the situation. The Eagles have given many reasons in the past to believe that the playoffs were a real possibility for them this year, and…things just never took off as they should have. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, right?
Well, not quite, by the time the Eagles kickoff against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve, we should all know who has won the battle of the New York. Should the Jets recovery from the torture they received at Philly’s hands last Sunday to beat the Giants, that will be the cue to cast all cynicism to the side and take on the hope of worthy of a playoff push, because that’s what the Eagles’ game will be.
Indeed a Jets win would open the door for Philadelphia to head into the last week of the season as division champion hopefuls. Amazing isn’t it? And while we could go for days marveling at the fact that there is still hope for this, let’s be honest, dismal season, an article is rarely ever complete without some sort of dissected numbers. So, here they are, the optimistic numbers for an optimistic weekend.
(0) The number of elite quarterbacks that the Cowboys have beaten this year, and while the word “elite” can be seen as subjective, perhaps a look at the QBs they’ve actually beaten will put things into perspective. In the games that they’ve won, Dallas has gone up against Alex Smith, in overtime, Rex Grossman, by 2, A.J. Feely, Tavaris Jackson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rex Grossman again, in overtime, Matt Moore, by 1, and Josh Freeman. In contrast, they’ve lost to a number of QBs which includes Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and none other than Vick.
(2-0) The Eagles’ record when playing away from home as the underdog, a role they’ll be playing when they enter Cowboys stadium this Saturday afternoon.
(5) The number of losses the Cowboys have in which they’ve led in the 4th quarter, a.k.a. reason for encouragement if and when all looks lost for the Eagles late in the game, as it did for the Giants two weeks ago.
(8) The number of sacks Jason Babin has had in the Eagles’ past three games. Babin had two sacks and two tackles for a loss the last time these two teams met. Speaking of which…
(34-7) The score by which the Eagles beat Cowboys in Week 8. It was a score that led people to believe that a revival was well on its way for the Eagles, that is, until they lost to the Bears and Cardinals in following weeks. Ironically, they may have the chance to inspire that same type of belief this weekend.