Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook got some much-needed rest this week as the Eagles had a bye, and now the team looks to make their big push as they play 13 consecutive weeks right through to the end of the season. The Eagles are currently ranked #10 on ESPN’s power rankings, down a spot from last week.
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The Eagles will play their final regular season home game on December 27 against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos lost their quarterback in the offseason, and I really don’t think they’re going to be able to recover this season from that loss, even by the end of December. They looked like a team that was lost in the preseason. This game could end up being a clincher for the Eagles, be it the wild card, division, or home field advantage. Either way, it’s going to be a win for the good guys and a lot of fun for the fans.
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The Eagles will finally get a break in their home schedule when the 49ers come to town on December 20. I don’t have to tell football fans the 49ers history over the past decade. Ever since ownership of the club was passed down to the wrong heir and her petulant husband, the 49ers have been the laughing stock of the NFL. Ok, maybe they haven’t been as bad as the Lions, but they’re making a run for it. This game should be a laugher, at the very least. Eagles win this one by 25 points. It’s still worth seeing, if for no other reason than you get to celebrate with 70,000 fellow fans for 3 hours.
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In an oddity of scheduling, the Eagles will play all of their home games against division opponents in the month of November. The finale of their home division games will be on November 29 against the Washington Redskins. I think the Redskins are a much improved team over last season, and I was really impressed by what I saw from them in the preseason, particularly from their starting offense. This will be a hard fought game, but the Eagles will pull ahead in the end for an absolutely crucial win. Tickets are selling in the $60 – $90 for the higher seats and those on the ends.
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This might not be the biggest game of the Eagles season according to the standings (I think the Cowboys will be the odd team out in the NFC East), but this is probably the game that most Eagles fans anticipate. The Cowboys have become our arch rivals over the past decade, and that heated rivalry will no doubt continue with this game. I expect fans to be loud and rude to welcome Tony Romo and his posse of losers to Lincoln Financial Field. You can find tickets for this game on the secondary market for around $100.
This is not a repeat of 2006. Well, it sort of is. The Eagles have signed veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia to fill in for Donovan McNabb as he recovers from a broken rib. As we all know, Michael Vick will not be eligible until week 3, and even then he’s not likely to start. Let’s make this clear: Vick is not ready to play NFL-level football yet. He’s probably a good 3 weeks to a month away from being ready. He’ll probably take some snaps and maybe show up with the offense for “special” plays, but Vick is not going to be the guy filling in for McNabb if he has an extended absence.
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Perhaps the biggest game of the Eagles season will come on November 1 when the New York Giants come to town. It’s no secret that the NFC East is a stacked division this season. Perhaps the only team that isn’t being touted as a potential Super Bowl contender is the Dallas Cowboys, and they aren’t exactly a cake walk. The Giants and the Eagles seem to be the top favorites, so this game will no doubt be the one most NFL fans are watching during this week. The Giants have the highly regarded defense, while the Eagles have the much improved defense along with a high-powered offense that has some new folds to it this season. Tickets for this game are getting hard to come by, but you can get them on the secondary market for $90 – $125 for the nosebleed seats.
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The Tampa Bay Bucs will make an appearance in Philadelphia to get crushed by the Eagles on October 11th of this season. I think the Bucs are a team in trouble, and I base that on the fact that they’ve named Byron Leftwich as their starting quarterback. I’m sorry, but when you’re choices are Byron Leftwich and Luke McCown for the starting QB gig, your team is in trouble. The Eagles have Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, in comparison. 2 pro bowlers vs. 2 losers. Yeah, this game should be an Eagles rout. Mark my words, the Buccaneers don’t win more than 5 games this season.
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The Kansas City Chiefs will make a rare appearance at Lincoln Financial Field on September 27th to play the Eagles. I’d have to check, but this might be the Chiefs first appearance at the new stadium. The Chiefs have been one of the worst teams in football over the past decade, and I really don’t think the addition of Matt Cassel at QB is going to change their fortunes this season. Cassel got a lot of press last year, but let’s not forget that in the end the Patriots failed to make the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Tickets for this game are selling in the $60 – $75 range for the low end tickets on the secondary market.
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The Eagles will start their season on the road in week 1, but they’ll usher in the 2009 home season in week 2 on September 20th with a game against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints seem to be everybody’s sleeper pick in the NFC this year, but not mine. I really don’t see a big improvement over last season, and a strong possibility they could do even worse. The fact that they have to play the Eagles in week 2 doesn’t help them much. This will be the first chance for Eagles fans to see how the Eagles are going to implement Michael Vick into their offense at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets are going for a reasonable $75 – $100 on the resellers market.