I want the Eagles.
I want to beat them Sunday and then beat them again in the playoffs the following week. So let's go Packers!
It's only right. It's the only way. In my mind at least.
Face it, this decade has sucked. And part of the reason it sucked is because the Eagles have had their way with us. Andy Reid has been fairly consistent over the years: the division always goes through Dallas. So he's made it a point of emphasis to not only compete with us, but demolish and demoralize us as much as he could. It fires up the base and it sends a message to the competition: we're not playing around. It's worked.
Andy Reid is 14-7 against the Cowboys. The Eagles swept us in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006.
Here's how John Harbaugh put it recently: "Andy Reid is the guy who ruined the decade for the Dallas Cowboys. Think about it they've been trying to get back where they were the whole decade, and the Eagles have been the ones keeping them from getting there. They've stuck daggers into the Cowboys year after year..."
Yeah. Too bad no championships materialized from this glorious decade. But I digress (sorry. I'm still a little bitter).
You wanna recap? There's the Pickle Juice whoopin' in 2000. The T.O. striptease romp in 2004. The T.O. reunion heartbreaker in 2006. And, of course, the 44-6 deflowering last year. I'm telling you guys. If there's one team that enjoys kicking us in the mouth as we lay in the dirt, it's the Iggles.
There's an old adage that football players can exercise demons through particular games. Steve Young exercised the ghost of Joe Montana with his Super Bowl win. For a non-football analogy, one could say Kobe and Shaq exercised their demons. They both won titles without each other. I'm not necessarily a believer in this. I believe the best team usually wins. Teams should play hard, smart and efficient. Let the chips fall where they may. But in this instance, I'm prone to think there is something to that old adage. The Eagles have absolutely terrorized us. It would almost be like poetic justice to avenge our 44-6 drubbing by sweeping our series with them and then ending their playoff hopes. Allow that championship cupboard to collect more dust of titles yet to be collected.
It's time to turn the tables. Now, the division goes through Philadelphia. We need to adopt this same mantra towards them. Let them know once and for all. Not only beat them, but do it twice in a row and three times in one year. Winning in convincing fashion would be nice. A beatdown where we hung a 50-burger on their vaunted defense would be excellent. But that's not what I'm looking for. That's not even realistic. Consecutive victories in consecutive weeks would be fine by me.
Will it be easy? Um, no. The Eagles are the hottest team in the conference. They've won six games in a row. They've averaged 30 points a game during this streak. Brian Westbrook is back. They're a smart team with an explosive offense and a good defense.
But you know what? Time out for the path of least resistence. It's not going to be easy. There are nothing but good teams in the NFC playoffs. It will be hard. Do you want to be a champion? Well you have to play the best and beat the best. And in more ways the one, the Eagles are the best that this conference has to offer.
So I want 'em. I want to play 'em and I want to beat 'em. Twice.
When it's all said and done, I don't want there to be any doubt who's the best team in the division.