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Eagles Could Be Class of NFC

 Brian Westbrook

By Stuart Sacks

With the NFL season starting in less than a week (Thursday) it is time for some serious looks at the NFL, NFC and AFC.  Below are listed my predictions for the coming season:

NFC East winner: Eagles

NFC North winner: Chicago Bears

NFC South winner: New Orleans Saints

NFC West winner: St. Louis Rams

NFC Wild Card#1: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Card#2 Carolina Panthers

NFC Title Game: Eagles vs. Saints  NFC Champion: Philadelphia Eagles
 

AFC East winner: New England Patriots

AFC North winner: Bengals

AFC South winner:Colts

AFC West winner: Broncos

 AFC Wild Card#1 Chargers

 AFC Wild Card#2 Ravens AFC Title Game: Colts vs. Chargers

AFC Champion: San Diego Chargers

Super Bowl Champion: Philadelphia Eagles

Today’s NFL requires a strong balance of offense and defense to win football games.  Often the best defense is the offense’s ability to maintain possession of the football.  The Eagles came close to getting to the big game last year, but wore down on the defensive line against the Saints and it cost them dearly.  This year McNabb knows that he must not only put points on the board, but do it a bit more slowly, to eat up clock and keep the defense off the field.  Few quarterbacks in the NFL have the ability to be able to do both things and be successful, Donavan does.To help stop the run (26th in the league last year) the Eagles have gotten a bit younger and a lot quicker at linebacker.    The additions of Takeo Spikes from Buffalo for one outside slot and the insertion of Cris Gocong into the other has added needed speed to stop runners from easily reaching the edge.  The suprising cut of a long time Eagle warrior Jermiah Trotter simply reflects on Trotter’s inability to cover at this point in his career.  The insertion of Omar Gaither who started and played well down the strectch last year (7 games) in which the Eagles were nearly unbeatable is another run stopping upgrade.  The Birds need to improve on the 136 rushing yards per game they gave up.  Four times foes surpassed 200 yds in a game.  If this statistic is not drastically improved upon, the Eagles will squeeze into the playoffs due only to weakness throughout the conference, but will go no further. Defensive guru Jimmy Johnson however does not intend to change his signature attacking defensive schemes (blitzing) to contain opponents ground games saying “the name of the game is still getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers”.  Johnson then is counting on his retooled linebacker corpse to provide more run stopping strength and the improvement of young defensive lineman such as Brodrick Bunkley a 2006 first round pick out of Florida State. Offensively the team should remain solid as long as McNabb stays healthy.  AJ Feely the 2nd string quarterback has gone down with an injury and there is no longer Jeff Garcia around to pick up the pieces.  And as much as the Eagles like Kevin Kolb for the future it may be asking too much of him in his rookie year to lead the Eagles far into the playoffs.  The running back position is strong with the multidimensional skills of Brian Westbrook and the addition of the yardage hungry Tony Hunt.  Kevin Curtis is  a fine addition at wide receiver.Lets talk more after their first game September 9 at Green Bay.  A record of 11-5 does not seem out of reach! Till next time:FLY BIRDS FLY ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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One Response to “Eagles Could Be Class of NFC”

  1. I agree, the Eagles have a strong, deep team that enters the season prepared & planning for a title but w/o the national expectations of year’s past. So they can lurk behind the Saints & Bears while building momentum for the playoffs.

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