There is a tipping point in each season, a game where you know and understand that you have it or you don’t. You can see the reaction and emotion on the faces of players. You see coaches get animated on the sidelines. You feel the momentum and know whether you are a winner or a loser. This is one of those games for the Philadelphia Eagles as they face the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles have lost nine straight home games, and the Giants have lost eight straight road games. Something has to give. One team will finally end the drought and get a huge monkey off their back. If the Eagles can win, it will go far to gain some momentum heading into a crucial part of the schedule. If they lose, I don’t want to think about the results.
Will two straight home losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Giants be enough to finally alienate this fan base? You’re talking about daggers in the backs of loyal ticket holders, many who have attended games long before the current roster was born. Many supported this team way before Jeffrey Lurie took over and started to turn things around.
Fans are the backbone of the franchise, and this repeated pattern of losing at home is enough to set a wave of unfortunate events into motion.
Look for empty seats. Listen for jeers from the crowd. If Chip Kelly keeps making stupid calls and Billy Davis‘ defense has issues this week, the fans will let them know it. A loss could be the nail in the coffin of a possible playoff run and really, what do we want as fans? Is it more important to build this year through a quality draft? The difference between a top-10 pick and somewhere in the high teens is huge.
What does this team really need? It is an important question, and one that a loss this week will certainly bring up in every water cooler conversation in the Philly area.