Gauntlet, meet the ground.
“I told Andy [Reid] the other day, we have a great chance of winning this thing,” Michael Vick told the Eagles’ website Wednesday morning. He was not talking about winning the division, either.
And, apparently, Vick wasn’t just speaking for himself.
Although they are only 4-3 after losing a game they had won against Tennessee, this Eagles team does not lack confidence. They are young, and they are cocky, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, especially with the meat of their schedule still ahead of them after this weekend’s bye.
The NFC is wide open. The Eagles see that. They are one game out of the NFC East lead, with five division games left to play, including two against the 5-2 New York Giants. The Eagles have already beat one of the NFC leaders, the 5-2 Atlanta Falcons, and with Vick in at quarterback they almost came back to beat another in the season opener, the 4-3 Green Bay Packers.
Last year’s NFC title-game contenders, New Orleans and Minnesota, are struggling. Dallas is done. Seattle isn’t that scary. Chicago and Green Bay have looked good but not dominant. Washington doesn’t have enough weapons.