Monday, August 22, 2005

The Philadelphia Eagles aka Ric Flair

In the 80’s, Ric Flair was the undisputed king of the WCW/NWA. He feuded with the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Sting, Lex Luger and Cactus Jack but nobody could challenge his dominance in that federation. Even though the WCW had a following, the WWF was the place to be. They had more fans and more press. Vince McMahon was raking in the dough with Hulk Hogan, Andre “The Giant”, The Ultimate Warrior and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Flair could dominate all he wanted in the WCW but unless he moved to the WWF he wouldn’t be considered in the same breath as the WWF superstars by the majority of wrestling fans.

As far as I can tell, the AFC is the WWF and the NFC is the WCW. The NFC has two teams that are very good in Philly and Minnesota. There’s a handful of other teams that are decent like Carolina, Dallas, Atlanta, Green Bay and possibly Detroit. The AFC on the other hand is loaded. Even the crappy teams in the AFC could be good. Miami, Tennessee, Houston, and Oakland all have a chance to make some noise. New England is the NFL’s heavy weight. KC, San Diego, NY Jets, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are all easily top 10 NFL teams. The big boys play in the AFC. The Eagles are like Ric Flair. They’ve dominated the NFC for five years running but until they win the Super Bowl, it doesn’t mean a thing.

The good news for Philly is that they can win the Super Bowl. They aren’t like the Buffalo Bills of the 90’s who were overmatched against the Redskins and Cowboys (2). The Eagles have a dynamic offense that destroyed the NFL last season. Donovan McNabb makes everything look easy. He had 31 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions for a ridiculous qb rating of 104.7. Terrell Owens is a mismatch for any defensive back. Before breaking his leg, Owens had 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 14 games. Brian Westbrook is the perfect running back for Andy Reid’s pass happy offense. Westbrook had 73 receptions for 703 yards not to mention over 800 yards rushing. The backfield is deep with Correll Buckhalter backing up Westbrook. The offensive line could be the league’s best. Jon Runyan, Hank Fraley, and Tra Thomas are monsters and Shawn Andrews will get a chance to play after missing his rookie season with an injury.

The defense is very good. The Eagles dominated Michael Vick in the playoffs last year. Hugh Douglass, Jevon Kearse, and Jerome McDougle form the deepest defensive end unit in the league. Corey Simon, Hollis Thomas, Darwin Walker, Paul Grasmanis, and rookie Mike Patterson give the Eagles the deepest defensive line unit in the league. Jeremiah Trotter had a career resurgence last year. With Dhani Jones coming in from the NY Giants and Mark Simoneau being a dependable linebacker, the Eagles are above average at linebacker as well. The secondary is the weak unit on defense but Lito Sheppard and Brian Dawkins are proven veterans who will make this unit average at the worst.

The Eagles are going to roll through the NFC. They are far and away the deepest and most talented team in the NFC on offense and defense. The Eagles have a few marquee matchups against KC, San Diego, Denver, and Green Bay. I think they’ll go 3-1 against those teams. I fully expect Philly to win their last nine games of the season. McNabb will put up ridiculous stats and Philly will roll to another Super Bowl apperance. Flair eventually made it to the WWF and became champion. If the Colts can get homefield advantage in the playoffs and knock of New England, I think Philly will win the Super Bowl. Woo!

Predicted record 14-2


Anonymous said...

"There’s a handful of other teams that are decent like Carolina, Dallas, Atlanta, Green Bay and possibly Detroit."

I have a issue with this statement. First of all the Seahawks have made the playoffs the past two years and have their best people back for another run and they aren't as good as Dallas?

I'll buy Carolina who is underrated, you just said Atlanta was going 8-8, and correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Dallas' quarterback Drew Bledsoe?

That isn't even touching the Lions who are expected to be a dark horse, or a surprise, or even a "team to watch." What? They will be better but they aren't as good as the Seahawks, Rams, or Falcons. Plus with an easy early schedule if they are 3-4 after seven, they'll pack it in.

Finally let's talk Green Bay; they stink. Brett Favre can't hold the team together, Ahman Green can't hold the ball, and the defense couldn't hold a 41-0 lead. They are out of consideration. The Bears, Cardinals, and even the Lions have a better chance to play in the second week of January. Mark it, believe it, embrace it.

Jake said...

Ugh. I hate when this happens. Someone blasts something you say because they have some sort of complex about their own team when in reality the statment you made has nothing to do with their team. This happens all the time. Can you find a place in my post where I said Seattle wouldn't be as good as Dallas?

This was a Philadelphia Eagles preview not a Seattle Seahawks preview and certainly not a playoff preview. I made a simple statement that there are decent teams in the NFC like Carolina, Dallas, Atlanta, Green Bay and Detroit. The key word there being "like". The definition of "like", at least according to the dictionary, is "Such as; or for example: saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string."

So if someone said, I saved things like old newspapers and pieces of string, would you think that was the only stuff that the person saved? Of course not. Like means you're listing teams that may fit that description without the intention of listing everything.

The thing that really bugs me here is that you're arguing with me on stuff that I don't even think you disagree with. Are you saying that Carolina, Dallas, Atlanta, Green Bay and Detroit won't be decent?

Carolina-at the very least decent
Dallas-will certainly be decent regardless of their qb
Green Bay-I don't care if you don't think they'll be good or they have a bad defense, they'll at least be decent
Detroit-if you don't think Detroit will be decent you're crazy.

I simply said these teams would be decent. I didn't say anything else about any other teams, nor did I say the list of teams that I mentioned was exclusive.

I just want to remind you that I used the most water-downed complimentary adjective possible for this exact reason. Decent means adequate. To me, inadequate is bad. None of these teams will be bad.

As far as Seattle goes, since I have them winning their division and making the playoffs, I think it's fair to say I think they're better than some of the teams I mentioned above. In fact, there are two teams that I didn't even mention that I think will make the playoffs.

So, the moral of the story is please don't put words in my mouth or on the tip of my fingers. If I said that Dallas would definitely be better than Seattle and you disagreed with that, then I would fully expect you to say something about it. But, if I don't say anything about anyone being better than anyone else, please save both you and me the time and assume that I don't have any subliminal messages in my post.

Anonymous said...

I think that was decent of you to answer my post Jake. Definitely more decent than the Packers will be! HeyOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Plus you've seen my NFL predictions and know I picked the Lions to be in the playoffs no matter how half-baked that may really be. So yeah, they are decent. It wasn't really about my team either but your response was worth the trouble of writing something for the sake of writing.

I'll also include my last paragraph in your Green Bay preview to shock the memories a bit.


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