It’s certainly been a dreary last few weeks being a Philadelphia Eagles fan watching the team spiral out of control and consequently out of the playoff hunt. Normally, the typical New York Giants vs. Eagles game, especially one being played in our own house at Lincoln Financial Field, captures the city and gets the native Philadelphians juices flowing. Yet, this has a whole different feel to the game. Certainly, as Eagles fans we will be rooting with all our hearts, later on, tonight that we prevail and beat the dreaded rival Giants and make them getting a higher playoff seed that much harder. However, in all honesty, just what do we truly make of this game tonight?
Building for the Future
Well, first off this is a chance to build on good things and habits closing out this season. With nothing left to play for in the standings, this is ultimately what a team has to do when finishing out its season. Especially, one that started out so promising as this year’s Eagles season did, the goal of these last final games is to get franchise rookie quarterback Carson Wentz as many reps and experience as possible heading into the offseason.
Also, standout offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who’s been suspended for the previous 10 games because of PED use will return for these final two games. Johnson has been labeled as one of the teams’ scapegoats because the season began to snowball out of control once his suspension kicked in week six against the Washington Red Skins. From then, Wentz never truly looked the same as he did in the previous four games before the Johnson suspension. Johnson was playing lights out to start the season and was a crucial component to the early season success of the team.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 22, 2016
Just Enjoy the Game
All in all, win or lose, with no playoff hopes abound, for the fans, it basically comes down to just enjoying the game for what it is. We only have 16 of these every year, and it’s going to be an eternity of a wait to the 2017 season so we have to do our best to just enjoy these final two games of our football season. It will certainly help knowing we finally have our first franchise quarterback that we can build around heading into an offseason for the first time since Donovan McNabb.
The Giants come into the ‘Linc’ rolling, having beaten a few of the NFC’s best teams in the last couple weeks in the Dallas Cowboys and Detriot Lions. They’ve been doing it with timely offense from superstar wide receiver Odel Beckham Jr. and shut down defense that they spent a ton of money in the last offseason. However, due to porous offense line play, their offense, despite talent at quarterback and wide receiver, hasn’t been nearly as good as it’s been over the last few seasons.
In what seems like almost a lifetime ago, six years ago today in 2010 the Eagles Desean Jackson returned a late-game 65 yard punt to seal an epic Eagles comeback victory in what was coined by Mike Quick as the “miracle in the Meadowlands number two!”
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 19, 2016
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