The Giants are undefeated, the Redskins beat the Cowboys, and the Eagles are sitting at the bottom of the NFC East. The division is far from being sorted out to see which three teams from the Beast will get into the playoffs, but for now the Eagles are the odd man out. Here is a quick look at the Eagles and where they’re at with Ian from Inside the Iggles.
NK: After four weeks of play, are you satisfied as to where the Eagles stand?
IAN: After four weeks of football, I am pretty frustrated with how the Eagles season has gone. I think overall the team has played pretty well, but 2 close losses to the Bears and Cowboys has the Eagles record at 2-2. I think the NFC East is the toughest division in the NFL, and if the Birds want to make the playoffs, they can not afford to come up short in these close games. There is still plenty of time to get on a roll, but it is extremely difficult to climb out of a hole in this division.
NK: Who has been the MVP of the Eagles so far and who has been the biggest surprise?
IAN: I really can’t pick one player to be the team MVP. I have to say the Eagles defensive front has been the MVP. They have been flying to the ball, and making plays all over the field. Right now the Eagles have the No. 1 defense against the run (53.8 ypg), and they lead the NFL in sacks (17). Young guys like Brodrick Bunkley, Stewart Bradley, Mike Patterson, Trent Cole, and Omar Gaither have been terrific. They have been keeping the Eagles in every game so far.
NK: How do you see the rest of the season playing out for the Eagles?
IAN: Despite the two losses, I feel good about this team going forward. Donovan McNabb’s arm looks great, and he is playing well overall. The defense appears to have made a return among the elite, and is starting to create turnovers. I think the WRs have played much better than expected, and the team is doing a lot of things well. Right now the Iggles are a little banged up, but guys should be back soon. Brian Westbrook, Shawn Andrews, and L.J. Smith should all be back this week. Kevin Curtis and Victor Abiamiri should be back within a few weeks. With a fully healthy team, and some better execution in close games, I think this team should be battling for a playoff spot all season long.
Thanks again to Ian and make sure to check out his blog, Inside the Iggles.