The Eagles are 4-3 this morning, so obviously their season isn't over, but their reign as an elite team just might be. They have been outscored 62-14 in the first quarter this season, 55-0 in the first quarter on the road. Those are not the stats of a Super Bowl contender. Several Eagles, when questioned yesterday about whether this was still a Super Bowl-caliber team, answered that it definitely was. It's really hard to see what they might be basing that feeling on.
There was a time when the Eagles made other teams adjust to what they were doing, but that time has passed. Every week now, it seems, the opponent comes up with something that isn't on any of Reid's charts, and his players spend the early part of the game running into one another and taking penalties, while sports hernia-hampered Donovan McNabb throws footballs at the ground. Yesterday, Denver's wrinkle was an all-out, "no-cover'' blitz, which the Eagles handled with the grace and acumen of a high school JV team playing its first game.