Every week, I will be delivering various football links that mention the Eagles from around the Internet. While philly.com's Eagles section has your best local coverage, along with blogs Eagletarian and Birds' Eye View, these will be links you may have missed.
With the amount of season preview material out there, I'm splitting this week's links into two takes. Here's the first one.
Donovan McNabb got one of Sports Illustrated's regional covers in their NFL preview this week. Remember in training camp when McNabb talked about many experts picking the Eagles to have a big year, and no one really knew what he was talking about? Turns out he might have had a point. SI predicts a 12-4 record for the Birds, and a trip to the Super Bowl before losing to the Patriots.
Sports Illustrated's Dr. Z explained his prediction that the Eagles will win the NFC on Comcast SportsNet yesterday, saying he really couldn't think of anyone else. What about the Cowboys?
"The problem is that Wade Phillips is gonna be coaching," Zimmerman said on TV.
SI names several units around the league that are under pressure, including the Eagles linebackers. They also hand out grades for each team's different positions. Here's what they came up with for the Eagles:
SI.com's Don Banks ranks every team's backup quarterback situation. Kevin Kolb is slotted at No. 24:
The Eagles list Kolb at backup and the veteran A.J. Feeley at No. 3, so we'll take their word for it that the second-year veteran would be in the game if anything happened to starter Donovan McNabb. We don't have much of a body of work to judge Kolb on, but he looks more comfortable running Philly's offense this year than he did as a rookie.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com previews the NFC East, calling it maybe the toughest division in the NFL. Here's what he says about the Eagles:
I like what this team does because Andy Reid always has a plan. But you have to have weapons, too, and right now I don't know if they have enough to scare Dallas, particularly with Kevin Curtis sidelined indefinitely. Yeah, Jackson looks good, but he's a rookie, he's small and he's not suited to being a No. 1 target. So who's numero uno? Good question.
FoxSports.com lists 10 games that could decide the 2008 season, including the Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 17:
A rough NFC East will most likely come down to this grudge match between Dallas and Philly in cold, hostile Northeast weather before cold, hostile Northeast fans. Cowboys WR Terrell Owens enters the season 1-3 against his former team and would love to smile his way out of Philadelphia with a win to finish off the Eagles. But if T.O.'s long-lost buddy Donovan McNabb is healthy and starting this season finale, the Eagles could be battling Dallas (and the Giants, who visit the Vikings the same week) for the division or playoff spots.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com says picking the Eagles as a sleeper isn't exactly going out on the limb. He predicts a return to the playoffs for the Birds.
Check back later today for more links, and feel free to chime in with your own predictions.