The Philadelphia Eagles, under Head Coach Chip Kelly, were supposed to accomplish great things this season. Analysts predicted that this squad’s offense would be virtually unstoppable and that the team from “the city of brotherly love” had a real chance to represent the National Football Conference (NFC) in the Super Bowl.
As every National football League (NFL) fan knows, that never happened. The Eagles sputtered offensively and defensively from the very first game of the current football year. And now, after eleven games, Philadelphia finds itself in third place in the East Division of the NFC with a Won-Loss record of just 4-7.
While this squad has not been mathematically eliminated from postseason play, its prospects for making the playoffs are dim. The team’s fans and its ownership are disappointed and, as a result, some players and coaches could find themselves receiving unemployment checks shortly after the season ends.
Of course, a surprise victory against this Sunday’s opponent, the 10-1 New England Patriots, could go a long way toward salvaging this lost season and it may save some jobs, as well. The knowledge that an upset victory against the current Super Bowl Champions could help individual players make next year’s roster should provide enough motivation to enable Philadelphia to perform at a very high level when the two squads square off a few days from now.
The Patriots sit comfortably atop the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) and are virtually guaranteed to win that division and play in January. When you consider that the squad from Massachusetts lost its first game this past weekend, it becomes apparent that there is little pressure and need to win the game it is scheduled to play on Sunday.
That doesn’t mean the Patriots will perform indifferently before their home town fans. It also doesn’t mean that they are “an upset waiting to happen.” Head Coach Bill Belichick and superstar quarterback Tom Brady are extremely competitive and always motivated.
As such, it will be difficult for the Eagles to outscore the heavily favored Patriots on the road on Sunday. But, victory against the superior foe will not be impossible. The Eagles, like the Patriots, have lots of good players. And if those “good players” bring their “A” game, Philadelphia can “pull off the upset.”
It really is something that the visitors need to get done if they want to give any meaning at all to the football season and if they want to save their jobs, Head Coach Chip Kelly included.
New England has a winning tradition and a winning habit, but its players are human. There may be no sense of urgency driving the Patriots when they take the field against the visiting Eagles. And that is why Philadelphia can win this game.
Courtesy of Bigstory.ap.org