The Philadelphia Eagles left with their tail between their legs after being thoroughly manhandled by the Denver Broncos in Week 4. It was horrifying to watch Peyton Manning and the well-oiled offensive machine of the Broncos put up score after score against the Eagles, especially in the third quarter. Two glaring mistakes on special teams, a 105-yard kickoff return and blocked punt, also made the loss seem harsher. But looking at the big picture, there is still hope in the City of Brotherly Love.
In any other year, the NFC East would be a bear of a division and the Philadelphia faithful would be looking at the 1-3 Eagles and leaning toward the season being all but over. However, this is no normal year for a perennial powerhouse division.
The Dallas Cowboys lead the division at 2-2, having yet to meet Manning and the unbeaten Broncos. The New York Giants have fallen to a winless 0-4 to begin the season, and to this point show no signs of a second half recovery, which has been their staple of the past. The Washington Redskins got their first victory on Sunday against an Oakland Raiders team, which should finish last in the AFC West and will still meet each of the other teams in the division.
The Eagles have already let far too many opportunities to take advantage of the division, pass by, yet they still find themselves in the driver seat. They have already gotten their toughest game out of the way and stand only a game behind the division leader. There is no clear cut in the NFC East, which means they hold their own fate in their play. Finding some consistency on both sides of the ball, as well as winning a few in a row, would do wonders for their confidence and if they can build a little of that, there’s no telling how far back this group can come before year’s end.