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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Eagles Are Most Fragile

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Maybe the NFL should rework its rules so that all four NFC East teams can get in the playoffs. Clearly, all four are among the best dozen teams in the league. If the Eagles had won Sunday night in Chicago, you could have made a case that all four would belong among the top half-dozen teams in the league right now.

Who, ultimately, won't reach the postseason? It will depend on injuries. Whichever team loses key players at important times will fall a step behind the others. My guess right now would be the Eagles. They depend so much on having Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook healthy, and both have struggled with durability issues. But with both McNabb and Westbrook in the lineup, they can beat anyone.

This is a very, very fluid situation. The Giants could be undone by discord if the Plaxico Burress situation gets uglier. Ditto for the Cowboys now that Terrell Owens is talking about being under-utilized in the aftermath of the Sunday's loss to the Redskins.

Many observers regard the Cowboys as the NFL's top team. But their defense couldn't stop either the Eagles or the Redskins in early-season home games, and they're still a reliable wide receiver short on offense after failing to bring back Terry Glenn this season.

The Redskins are the hot team now after the huge victory in Dallas, and it certainly looks like Jim Zorn can coach. He made the proper adjustments to make things work for quarterback Jason Campbell in his offensive system after things looked so terrible in the opening loss to the Giants. But there will be more rough spots for Zorn this season. He's a rookie head coach. It's inevitable.

The guess here right now is that the Redskins will join the Giants and Cowboys in the playoffs while the Eagles are left on the outside looking in. But that's subject to change because these are all playoff-worthy teams.

By Mark Maske  |  September 29, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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For the last time, Dallas had the number 2 offense in the league last season minus Terry Glenn. Crayton had a strong season last year. Hurd, Stanback and Austing are showing great promise. Dallas does not need another wide out. They can only throw the ball so much.

Posted by: Omar | September 29, 2008 1:48 PM

Dallas should try to trade for Stephan Jackson. Maybe Romo for Jackson because the Rams need a QB

Posted by: OZZIE | September 29, 2008 2:09 PM

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Dallas should try to trade for Stephan Jackson. Maybe Romo for Jackson because the Rams need a QB

Posted by: OZZIE | September 29, 2008 2:09 PM
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Might be the most absurd thing I've ever read. Have you ever actually seen a football game?

Posted by: ThisIsWhyYou'reNotAGM | September 29, 2008 4:50 PM

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