Another week, another “they’re not going to lose to this team, are they” moment for Philadelphia Eagles fans. Two weeks ago it was the Meltdown In Miami. Last week, a second half comeback was needed to top the two-win Giants. Now it was a “road” game in Washington (since the seats, the ones that actually had people in them, were mostly Eagles fans).
And yet, there we were again. Down with less than five minutes left against a bad team, with the season on the line.
Difference was, this time, in the final drives, they looked the part of the team they were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. Carson Wentz looked like he was supposed to when he was touted as an MVP candidate during the preseason. Despite a rough game overall and struggling to hold on to the football at times, Wentz marched the Eagles 75 yards, eating up the majority of the clock, for a game-winning score. He had 266 yards and three scores.
While I don’t want to put the blame on one person, if he’d been putting up those numbers all year, Philly would be two games up on the Cowboys with two games left, rather than facing a must win at home this week to stay alive.
The Eagles Odds as They Host Dallas to Decide the NFC East Crown
Speaking of that home game, it’s against Dallas. 4:25 p.m. kickoff. The Eagles still control their own destiny and have reason for hope against the Cowboys. Miles Sanders has emerged as a strong back both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield. Greg Ward has been given an opportunity and cashed in on it the past couple weeks. Keeping the ball away from Dallas will be a key.
But this is the 2019 Eagles who enter the game as a home dog by 2.5 points. They have yet to show up strong against a good team and play well on both sides of the ball, except for in Buffalo. They’ll need that if they’re going to cover, let alone win the game.
The other factor in play is one that few have talked about this season, but I’ve wondered since the beginning of the year. The goal for Wentz this season was to play all 16 games. But after playing 13 games two years ago and 11 last season, how does the stamina hold up when he’s already played his most games in a season since his rookie year. Maybe I’m nitpicking, but the NFL takes its toll on a body. More snaps, more reps, more fatigue. We’ll see.
All that said, as much as it pains me, take the Cowboys to cover and even win the game outright.