WE were asking too much. We were all hoping that we’d wrap up the NFC EAST with 2 weeks to spare. And why not? We decimated this team two weeks ago, with everyone from that game playing in this one. And don’t hand me the “back-up QB” excuse for this game, because it was this same back-up QB (Mark Sanchez) that gutted our rival just two weeks ago. So we generally figured we had this.
Even if we didn’t blow them out, why would anyone expect to lose to a team that we had just systematically dismantled? We didn’t expect a loss. Granted most of you expected a close game, but no one was worried about a loss.
For my part I didn’t think it would be as close as the last time. CB Bradley Fletcher didn’t get ass-raped the last time we played, so why would he now? Our Offensive Line kept Sanchez upright and made bigger holes for RB LeSean McCoy the last time we played, so why wouldn’t they now? Same guys against the same guys, right? In fact, the law of averages said that the deck was stacked tougher against our opponent this time. It was simple.
And that’s where I fucked up. I treated an EAGLES/COWBOYS game like it was just another game. I overlooked one important law:
IT IS NEVER SIMPLE WHERE THE EAGLES AND COWBOYS ARE CONCERNED.
For the last few years (unless it’s a year where one of us goes 4-12 or 6-10), for one of these two teams to win this division it generally goes all the way to Week 17. And it’s that way again this year. Even if they lose next week and we win, we still have to win Week 17. And if we win next week, they can’t clinch until Week 17. And that’s only if they win. It’s NUTS!
I said back in April that our schedule was a set-up. I referred to it as a “a road straight through Hell” and as a “meat grinder”. As a former player, I hated this schedule the moment I laid eyes on it, yet I still didn’t grasp the entirety of what I was looking at. The only comfort I take now, is that at least our rival is getting a fraction of what we’re experiencing now.
There was never going to be an easy end to this. That just means we have to scrap until the end. So don’t let last night fuck up your process. “It always ends like this.”