Philadelphia, PA. 2-0 and two one-point victories. If you are a non-believer in the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, this would only support your argument that they are not very good, and will crumble at some point and probably very soon. The razor-thin wins over Cleveland and Baltimore would only add credence to your argument that they are overrated and will never live up to the huge expectations this team has had for over a year now. They have not looked overly sharp during the first two weeks, and the two wins were very fortunate and possibly quite lucky as well. However, if you are a believer in this Eagles team this season, two ugly wins could not have looked prettier. For a team who has typically been very flashy, in both wins and losses, Philly had to scratch and claw to win each game so far in 2012. There were no 80 yard bombs to DeSean Jackson, there were no 65 yard bursts by LeSean McCoy, and there have not been any Nnamdi Asomugha picks for TD’s whatsoever. This Philadelphia Eagles team has had to bounce back many times through two games, after making countless mistakes which have led to a ridiculous amount of turnovers. So with a trip to the desert this Sunday, Philadelphia is 2-0, when they could easily be 0-2. Is what has happened so far a good sign going forward? No, it really isn’t. Instead, it’s a great sign for a team who may be finally learning how to win.
Ugly wins are still wins the last time I checked. Even though the Eagles have struggled mightily so far, the tests they have gone through has already been a huge learning process for a team who is accustomed to putting up huge stats and looking pretty while doing so. But being behind in both games well in the second half of each game has forced them to find ways to win. Michael Vick has looked awful at times, as his decision-making seems to have taken a step back potentially. 6 interceptions through two games is not a good sign, and only supports the argument made by fans who don’t and haven’t believed that he will ever be a QB who can lead this team deep into the playoffs. Quite honestly, his confidence has looked shaky on the field and he seems at times like he isn’t sure where to go with the ball. But when push has come to shove versus Cleveland and Baltimore, he has led his offense to late game scores, both with his arm and with his legs. These two wins have maybe shown him and the rest of the team that flash doesn’t win long-term in the NFL. Toughness and desire to find ways to win do though, and the Eagles have had to do just that to be 2-0 right now. The defense has been fantastic so far, and again, although not making the flashy plays really so far, they have been disciplined and also come up big when it matters. Jason Babin, DeMeco Ryans, and Trent Cole have all made their presence known, and are all playing at a high level. This defense seems to be coming together after a rough 2011, where they looked to be lost and a lack of chemistry seemed to be there all year. For the first time since this team was constructed in the summer of last year, this Philadelphia Eagles squad has the appearance of a team, and not just a bunch of individuals. Guys appear to be sacrificing for each other, and as a result, they are undefeated and have made it happen late in games after much adversity throughout both contests. Two one-point wins on the surface could make critics think this Eagles team should not be 2-0. But these two wins may end up being what propels them to bigger success as the season progresses.
The NFC East should be a dogfight all year. It typically is, and even more so this season. None of the four teams seems to be very bad at this point, as even the Redskins have shown a ton of life. The Philadelphia Eagles are in first place right now, and have made a ton of errors in both victories. The next few weeks should show all NFL fans who they really are, as matchups with the Giants, Steelers, and Lions are on the horizon. Was this 2-0 start a mirage, and will more turnovers in future weeks doom this team and bring them back to the pack? Or will clawing out victories in the first two Sunday’s prove that they are legit and will prove to be something that helps them find more ways to win as the season moves along? Don’t be surprised to see the Eagles go on a run now, as they may have finally found out that winning ugly can be a fantastic recipe for success.
Denver Sports by J Simp