Saturday, December 10, 2016
Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?
I just Googled "Jim Mora Playoffs Rant" and found that there is a whole website dedicated to that oh so famous tyraid way back in 2001. His actual statement when asked if the Colts could still make it into the playoffs that season was:
"What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game."
Turning to 2016 and our beloved Birds, it is painfully obvious that their backs are firmly against the wall when it comes to any dream of playing past New Year’s Day following last week’s dismal performance on the road against a Cincinnati. The really sad part is that the Bengals had only won three games this season prior to that thorough 32-14 pounding Philly endured in that crushing loss. The harsh reality that the Eagles are not all that good is beginning to overshadow the wild notion that they can win out over their last four games to stay alive in the NFC wild card race.
I am still willing to hold out hope until all hope is lost starting with a predicted win at home this Sunday against Washington. From there, the Eagles would have to beat Baltimore on the road before getting past New York and Dallas at home in two final division matchups.
Bleak yes, but impossible no.
Philly has been a much better team at home this season with the exception of that Monday night loss to Green Bay and the fact that they are playing three division foes in their own backyard actually works in their favor. When it comes to getting past the Ravens you cannot ignore the fact that they are playing much better lately, but this is still a beatable team if Joe Flacco has an off day throwing the ball.
If I am not the biggest homer when it comes to this team, then I do not know who is. My memory of those three dominating wins against Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Atlanta are pretty feint by now given just how bad the Eagles have played in their last three games against Seattle, Green Bay and Cincinnati, but until they are dead and buried for the season I will continue to believe that they can return to that winning form.
To be honest, I actually had all of those last three games penciled in as losses before the season began. I also had the Eagles sitting at 5-7 at this point of the season when I went through their first 12 games so trust me, everything is still going according to plan. Just to refresh everyone's memory, my preseason prediction was 9-7 which I believed would be good enough to win the NFC East. Little did I know that both Dallas and New York would still finish higher in the standings. For now, bring on the Redskins, we will worry about those other three wins a bit further down the road.
Bleak yes, but impossible no!