Much like everybody else out there in bird land, I have a strong belief that the Eagles will walk away on Sunday with a 10-4 record. Here are five reasons why I believe that.
1. We have 3 better quarterbacks than their starter
Maybe that’s harsh to say, but I think it is true. Donovan McNabb is better, there is no doubt about that. I also believe that Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb are better as well. Vick is started to show some of the old sparks we knew him so well for and it’s more than likely he’ll go somewhere else next year and be a starter. From what we’ve seen in a brief glimpse this year, it looks like Kevin Kolb could be a starting quarterback in this league right now. It’s hard to get a grasp on his abilities since he lost to the Saints who are undefeated and crushed a Chiefs team who has only three wins. However, I think he has the ability to be a starting quarterback in this league right now. Looking at Alex Smith, I just don’t think he’s that good and the I don’t think the 49ers do either. He was drafted to be the answer in San Francisco but has been benched on multiple accounts. He finds himself as the starter now because everyone else they have is just as poor. I don’t know how long they will stick with him, but I just don’t think he’s that good.
2. Our offense is clicking
In the past two games, the Eagles offense has really shown that they can put up some serious points and in a hurry if necessary. I don’t think that is something the 49ers can do. They aren’t the type of team that can hold their own in a shootout like the Eagles had with the Giants last week. Another thing is the fact that the Eagles offense seems to be able to find success even when players are out. There have been a rash of injuries across the Eagles offense but they always seem to perform. Players step up and they’re always competitive. It will hurt not having Jeremy Maclin this week but I don’t expect the Eagles offense to miss a beat.
3. It’s December
What kind of reason is that? I don’t know but the Eagles always play strong in December. Nobody can physically point to a reason that they do but I’m not complaining. There’s teams out there that would kill to consistently do as well as the Eagles do in December (another NFC East team comes to mind). The Eagles seem to know when to turn it on and have gotten this December started off on the right foot. To me, this team is looking sharper than they have all season and it’s going to be tough for any team to beat them right now.
4. We don’t turn the ball over that much
There’s basically one reason the 49ers won their last game and that is turnovers. It’s pretty hard to turn the ball over seven times and still win a football game in this league. Donovan McNabb is quietly having a pretty solid year. There have only been two occasions this year where McNabb has failed to throw for more touchdowns than interceptions. He did throw a terrible interception last week but I don’t see that happening again. The Eagles are pretty good at holding onto the ball and I can’t see them turning the ball over as many times as the Cardinals did last week.
5. The Eagles are a better team
It’s as simple as that. The 49ers play in quite arguably the worst division in football while the Eagles play in quite arguably the best. Four out of the 49ers six wins have come within the division and they have only won a single game on the road. Right now the Eagles are starting to click and it looks like the 49ers could be in for a rude awakening coming off their big Monday Night Football win. The Eagles are going to the playoffs, the 49ers are not. I expect the Eagles to blow this team out of the water and will be disappointed with anything less.