Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Oct 2009

ESPN: Don't Count Out the Eagles

This week's MNF feature on ESPN Insider points out that one surprise loss does not spoil a team's Super Bowl hopes. Every single Super Bowl champion of the DVOA Era had at least one loss with a single-game DVOA lower than what the Eagles put up against Oakland; I catalog all 15 of those games.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Oct 2009

6 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2009, 11:46am by Kevin from Philly

Comments

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by BywaterBrat :: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 4:45pm

If they lose to the Redskins tonight (regardless of DVOA) can we call them out of the running?

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 5:00pm

Everybody counted them out after they tied the Bengals last year. They still made the playoffs and almost the Superbowl.

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by Aussie Bengal (not verified) :: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 6:25pm

sure, but perhaps losing to oakland AND washington might mean a bit of trouble...

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by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 10/28/2009 - 11:46am

Moot point now, but they DO have to start playing better.

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by Key19 :: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 7:28pm

We'll know quite a bit about the Eagles once this upcoming three-game stretch is over. If they lose tonight, the next two certainly don't look good.

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by ashok (not verified) :: Tue, 10/27/2009 - 3:18am

I'm very interested to hear about the performance of the offensive line of the Eagles in the Redskins game; it looked like the Wildcat plays they ran failed to account properly for defenders. I'm not sure whose responsibility that was, but after the Oakland game, I do wonder about the ability of the line to properly identify who needs to be blocked before the snap.

I also wonder about the push at the line of scrimmage and the effective of the run game overall.