Despite Very Weak NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles' Playoff Prospects Already Grim

By Joe Doris
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Yes, it is certainly still very early in the 2013 NFL Season, with Week 4 just concluding, but it is already crunch-time for the Philadelphia Eagles if they want any chance at reaching the postseason.

With a highly disappointing 1-3 record though the first quarter of the 2013 campaign, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s mile-a-minute, high-octane offensive system is being questioned league-wide. While the Eagles’ historically awful defense is obviously the squad’s primary down-fall, QB Michael Vick and his offense have struggled mightily in moving the ball over the past two weeks. As a matter of fact, the Eagles’ Week 4 blow-out loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday got so ugly that Kelly pulled his offensive starters in the fourth quarter.

While Broncos QB Peyton Manning is proving to be completely unstoppable at this point, throwing for an all-time NFL record 16 TDs and zero interceptions through four weeks, the Eagles’ defense also made Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno look like a Pro Bowler, when the highly disappointing 5th-year vet barely even made his team’s 53-man roster this year.

After Vick, RB LeSean McCoy and WR DeSean Jackson all showed wildly explosive capabilities through the season’s first three contests, the only Eagles to reach the end-zone on Sunday were third-stringer RB Chris Polk, and number-five WR Jeff Maehl.

If the Eagles wish to be granted a 2013 postseason birth, their highly-prized, but constantly underachieving, offense will need to lead them there single-handedly. The Birds’ absolutely miserable defensive unit currently ranks 31st in the NFL in points allowed (34.5 per game), and dead last in yardage against (446.8 per game).

Even in a so-far horrendous NFC East, Vick and his offense must make up for the Eagles’ defensive travesties by putting up historic offensive numbers in order to just squeeze into the 2013 NFL Playoffs.


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