After defeating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0 for the first time since Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens led the team to the Super Bowl in 2004. Most experts didn’t give the Eagles a chance to win, especially considering Baltimore’s newly implemented no huddle offense and their perennially brutal defense. To be honest, it didn’t look good for Philadelphia for much of the game, as the team committed another 4 turnovers, giving them 9 throughout their first two contests. They have become the first team since the 1983 Los Angeles Rams to start 2-0 despite turning the ball over at least 4 times in each of their first two games.
Quarterback Michael Vick has thrown 6 interceptions in the two wins, while he threw 14 all of last year. Normally sure handed running back LeSean McCoy has also fumbled once in each of the Eagles first two games. McCoy fumbled once all of last year. Despite the turnovers and myriad stupid penalties, somehow the Eagles are finding ways to win games that they would have lost in the past. The combined scores in their 2 wins: Philadelphia 41 – Opponents 39.
Many of Philadelphia’s losses last year came after they blew leads in the 4th quarter, which makes the fact that Vick has lead them to two game winning drives late in the game this year even more confounding. Add to that the reality that Vick looked very good during those two drives, and not very good for the rest of the two games, and you have yourself a conundrum wrapped inside of a riddle that is protected by a Kevlar vest.
After two wins to start the season, I’m really not sure anyone can tell you with certainty how good the Eagles will be in 2012. This start to the season could very well be the precursor to a deep playoff run. Or their luck could run out and the team could finish 8-8.