It was a quiet Monday night in autumn, and all anybody could talk about was how dead the Eagles already were.
Peyton Manning stood on the throats of the Oakland Raiders for four quarters, throwing the most accurate game of his career (86.5% completion rate) and tallying 12 TDs for the season, with zero interceptions.
It was a quarterback performance at which many in Philadelphia would have been in awe. But next Sunday, Manning will be waiting with a stampede of Broncos when it's the Eagles who have to fly into Denver - which they will do with not a ton of confidence behind them.
If the last two weeks were disappointing losses, next week's could be the one that uses up Chip Kelly's "new guy" latitude. The phone lines will blow up. The comment sections will explode. Remotes will be hurled out of windows, followed quickly by televisions.
Real eagles will start dropping out of the sky. The United States will find a more deserving bird of prey to put on all of its secret documents, and history will be rewritten so that every baby born after next Sunday will believe that Philadelphia had nothing to do with the birth of the country, to save them from wondering how the city that houses the team Peyton Manning so handedly destroyed could give birth to the free world.
One thing for sure is that the Eagles will not be the disappointment in week four, as no one is giving them an inch of expectations; the disappointment seems to be if Peyton Manning lets them leave with any of their dignity.
Or, they could, you know, win.
No? We're not doing the "believe in yourself" thing? Okay.
I'm legit scared for the Eagles next Sunday. #PeytonManning
— Pat Schultz (@PatSchultz_) September 24, 2013
Peyton Manning is going to embarrass the Eagles in a way we've never seen before. They may need to put in a mercy rule starting next week.
— Daniel Spevak (@Flyrfn144) September 24, 2013
Still mad at the Eagles for not signing Peyton Manning last year #cheap
— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) September 24, 2013
I'll set the over/under for Peyton Manning's passer rating against the Eagles next week at 128.
— Bryn Swartz (@eaglescentral) September 24, 2013
I don't know if I even want to watch the Eagles game next week: that defense vs an elite QB, yikes #PeytonManning
— Dana Strokovsky (@D_Stro) September 24, 2013
— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) September 24, 2013
— Rodrigo Martins (@rodrigonmartins) September 24, 2013
— Rob Lowe Sports News (@RobLoweSports) September 24, 2013
Scary to think what Peyton Manning will do to the Eagles, Redskins and Jaguars over the next five weeks.
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) September 24, 2013
The Eagles secondary is gonna get lit up next week. Peyton Manning is just on another planet.
— Jim Murphy (@JimMurphy13) September 24, 2013