WHEN EXPECTATIONS MEET REALITY: EAGLES FALL TO 10-2
Let’s not take anything away from the Seahawks. They’re a good football team, even when they’re missing key players on defense, but last night’s loss in Seattle was more about the play of the Eagles team than the Seahawks……..to me. The Seahawks were what the 10-2 Eagles had not faced this season, before last night’s game, a playoff tested team, fighting for their playoff lives, in the month of December, playing at home. Teams like that are dangerous. You never know what to expect from them. Those playoff tested teams, like Seattle, know what they need to do though. If you hope to get to the Superbowl, you’re going to need to be able to beat the Seattle’s of the NFC. FACTS!
I was skeptical going into last night’s game. I’ve been an Eagles fan for a long long time. If it’s one thing I’ve learned about football in that time, it’s that history of a team means something. Even when that team’s history has been shaped long before current players were on the team……or even born for that matter. In my eyes, the Eagles have a long history of having trouble with those West Coast teams. Especially when they have to go to the West Coast to play them. I don’t know why this is. Hell, I don’t even know if this is a true statistic, as I haven’t looked up official stats, I’m just going by what I believe in my mind, so I could be wrong about this. No matter, the point I was trying to make was that I knew this game against the Seahawks, in Seattle, was going to be a tough game, even though the Seahawks’ record, the way they’ve been playing this season, and them having an injured defense, told a lot of people otherwise. By the way, next week’s game against the Rams, in L.A., won’t be a walk in the park either, but this is about the Seahawks. The Seahawks are one of those teams that’s been to the playoffs year after year. They’ve seen things that young teams haven’t. They’ve played the types of meaningful games that young teams haven’t. They understand what young teams don’t. You have to turn it up another level when you go into someone else’s house to play at this time of year. Especially when that team is a hit dog who’s scratching and clawing for a playoff spot. The Bird’s never found a way to match Seattle’s intensity last night. I honestly believe the Birds weren’t prepared for what they ran into up there in Seattle last night. Not just the players, I’m also talking about the coach. Doug Pederson looked uncomfortable, outmatched, and unsure of himself. How could he not challenge that lateral that was clearly a forward pass? The usually aggressive Pederson, suddenly turned passive and unsure of himself in the face of this type of playoff atmosphere. Last night’s game is what the playoffs are going to be like. Especially for a team that’s on the road. So the Eagles need to get used to playing in this type of hostile environment against an opponent who is feeding off of their home crowd, or………..have the home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they can still do if they win the rest of their games. Last night’s 24-10 loss to Seattle was not a step backward or even a bump in the road. That game was simply a wake-up call. These December games are different. It’s going to take another level of intensity at this time of the year. This is the time of the year that bad teams want to become spoilers, middle of the pack teams want to prove they can stomp with the big dogs, and the big dogs want to show the rest of the league that they can’t hang. That’s what’s happening this time of year. The big question is, where do the Eagles fit in, in all of this?
Oh, by the way, the Eagles lost 24-10, in a game that was never really close, except for a brief moment when the Eagles scored a touchdown to pull within 7 points of the Seahawks. Ugly, ugly game for the Birds….all around.