Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles: Why It Isn't Time to Hit the Panic Button Just Yet

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 14: Running back LeSean McCoy #25 #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles dunks the ball over the cross bar of the goalpost after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half in a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lions defeated the Eagles 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 2, 2012

Enough of all the "Dream Team" chatter. We are way past that now. After a 3-1 start to their season, the Philadelphia Eagles sit at 3-4. Obviously a losing record through eight weeks raises some red flags for fans, especially in the "City of Brotherly Love." 

Philadelphia is one of the cities in this country that prides itself on its' professional sports teams. Aside from the Phillies winning the World Series in 2008, Philly has not had much to cheer about. Of course you had Donovan McNabb take the Birds to five NFC Championship games, only to tease the city by not bringing home the Vince Lombardi trophy. 

Despite a less-than mediocre start to their 2012 campaign, the Eagles clearly have the talent to have success in the second half of the season. We all were witnesses to the display the Giants put on last year. They started the season 6-2, only to lose five of their next six. After finishing the regular season with a 9-7 record, the Giants got hot at the right time and won the Super Bowl. 

Nobody wanted to play the Eagles had their miraculous run at the end of last year gotten them in to the postseason. They were a Jets victory over the Giants away from allowing us to see what they could have done. 

My point is, they just need to get hot. When the Eagles get hot, no one wants to see the havoc they are able to wreak on opposing teams. 

Philadelphia got through their rough patch of the season. Sure, they would like to have a winning record right now, but their record means nothing at this point. Of their remaining nine contests, only one of those teams, the New York Giants, has a winning record. The combined record of the opposition for the remainder of the season is 21-29 (they still play Dallas and Washington twice). Subtract the Giants 6-2 record, who might I remind you they already beat, and the opposing record is 15-27.

Now if you are a Philly fan, you are probably trying to hold yourself back from throwing your remote at the television while screaming, "Give the ball to McCoy!" You are not wrong for having these thoughts. Shady is one of the leagues premier tailbacks and it's a shame the Eagles haven't featured him enough. A solid run game opens up the passing attack which will make life a lot easier for No. 7. Getting McCoy heavily involved is key to their success moving forward.

I am not going to minimize their performance to date. The offensive line has been horrific and the defense hasn't stepped up in the clutch. But if there is any team that can turn it around and make a run, it's the Philadelphia Eagles.

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