Eagles players see two-game West Coast trip as “good test” of where they are

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The Eagles are 10-1 and standing on top of the NFC heading into a two-game stretch that plenty of people will be using as a gauge of how likely they are to remain the conference’s best team come the postseason.

This Sunday will find them in Seattle for a night game with the Seahawks and they will then head to Anaheim for a week of practice ahead of a road date with the Rams. Defensive end Brandon Graham sees it as an opportunity to “kind of separate ourselves” from the rest of the conference and safety Rodney McLeod shares the view that it’s a chance to prove their bona fides.

“I think this is just going to be a good test to see where we’re at as a team,” McLeod said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Going on the road for two weeks, it’s a different type of road trip. So there’ll be a lot of adversity around us and a lot of distractions so it’s going to be critical for us as leaders on the team to make sure we’re focused and to make sure we’re preparing just the same, regardless of the circumstance. So I think in that aspect, it’s going to test us, but I think we’re going to be ready to go out there and just try to prove that we are a legit team and are able to win on the road. Last year, we struggled on the road, and we’ve done well this year on the road, but it’s going to be two good tests playing up in Seattle and then going to L.A. to play the Rams.”

The Eagles will play on the road in Week 15 as well, although it will be a shorter trip to take on the Giants at the Meadowlands. They’ll be back home to face the Raiders on Christmas night and that game could allow them to put the finishing touches on the top seed in the NFC if all goes well on their western swing.

36 responses to “Eagles players see two-game West Coast trip as “good test” of where they are

  1. uh, there is actually a third gm on the road trip, at the manning – less new york football giants.

    eagles lost at seattle last yr, 26-15. and eagles stunk when they played that game.

    this wk, in addition to phila at seatt, also has minn at atl and caro at new orl for big nfc playoff relevant gms.

  2. These will be tough games for the Eagles. Going 1 & 1 on this west coast trip would be really good. Long winning streaks can build up negatively as any team enters the playoffs. Plus stale teams that do not start their starting players the last game or two many times have a difficult time in the playoffs. The Eagles just need to get overall #1 seed throughout the playoffs. The Rams are a very good football team and extremely well coached by Sean McCoy! Seattle is desperate and is always tough to say the least at home.

  3. Seattle’s O line is terrible and their secondary is a mess. The Rams will be the bigger test, especially after being away for over week. Take that game and you can pencil them in for Minny in February.

  4. When Philly loses to the Rams the Vikings will have the #1 seed based on common opponents. Good luck trying to win at US Bank in the play offs….

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    The only game the Eagles will be playing in US Bank will be in February. And it won’t be against the Vikings.

  5. eaglesnd18 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    Viking fans are so obsessed with us now it’s amusing. Take a hike @allight59.

    A good chunk of Vikings fans are also Carson Wentz’ fans. I,for one, am cheering for them.

    Some really good NFC football games not only this week, but next week as well. It’s about time.

  6. allight59 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    When Philly loses to the Rams the Vikings will have the #1 seed based on common opponents. Good luck trying to win at US Bank in the play offs….

    Assuming the Eagles lose one more game, the Vikings have to play both Atlanta and Carolina on the road in consecutive weeks. Doubt they win both of those.

  7. Ironic that the Vikings and Eagles will each have a few tests in front of them these next few weeks. People around here say the Vikings might actually make it to the big game and in our very own stadium. I always say, “Watch the Eagles play…” My hope is some kind of fluke will allow the Eagles to fall victim to some team but as a realist, I think they will have to face each other. May the best team win if and when we do meet for the NFC Championship…

  8. Not much to dislike about the Eagles — good guys, quality players, good team. Most rational Vikings fans are in complete agreement that the Eagles deserve all the accolades right now.

  9. purpleguy says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    Most rational Vikings fans are in complete agreement that the Eagles deserve all the accolades right now.
    _______________________________________

    So at least 3 out of the 5 of you agree right now?

  10. IMO the Eagles are the most complete football team right now. With that being said, if anyone thinks they will cake walk through these next 2 games they are horribly delusional. On paper the game against Seattle looks like a mismatch but Seattle is arguably the loudest, most hostile environment in the league. As for the Rams, the Philly defense will be going up against the best offense they have faced all season. Minnesota laid the blueprint on how to slow them down so they should take note. If they win both these 2 they are well on their way to playing on Feb 4th.

  11. You want a real test?!?
    Try taking a road trip to Minnesota.
    It’s the rebirth of the Purple People Eaters and we have the eaglets in our sights.
    We’ve already silenced the Packer fans and your day is coming up quick.
    And I can’t wait!

  12. Vikings and Rams are both good teams. But I have never seen a team absolutely bury their opponents like the Eagles have. Even the “close” games were not that close. As a lifelong Eagles fan this makes me nervous, because it just ratchets up expectations, but right now they don’t look like a team with any weaknesses from top to bottom.

  13. Just don’t see philly losing any game on their current schedule. Rams are very good but philly is better defensively and offensively. Only way Eagles don’t win out is Ref’s/fumbles and refs are showing big time respect toward Eagles. I watched Vikings stop Rams cold and Eagles will do the same. IMO. Seattle is a shell of what they were two years ago. Their window is shut tight. even with starters resting Eagles will hammer Dallas in game 16. No doubt about Wentz and that defense are special.

  14. Of course the Vikings fans are obsessed with the Eagles right now.
    They are still smarting from that first round pick we robbed them of for Sammy Sleeves….lol.

  15. purpleguy says:
    November 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    Not much to dislike about the Eagles — good guys, quality players, good team. Most rational Vikings fans are in complete agreement that the Eagles deserve all the accolades right now.
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    Most rational Viking fans?
    Don’t make me laugh.
    I would just ask any of the fine Eagle fans to follow any Packer story from the last several years to get a good idea of what a “rational” Viking fan sounds like.

    Have any of you even watched the Eagles play this season?
    After reading some of the responses the Barneys have been posting from the last several Eagle stories, I simply have to shake my head.
    And I have to ask, why does your fan base feel entitled to disparage and belittle teams that are obviously better than yours.
    Oh never mind, I’ve been asking this for years and never get a satisfactory response.

  16. eaglesnd18 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Viking fans are so obsessed with us now it’s amusing. 

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    Viking fans aren’t obsessed with the Eagles at all. We are obsessed with trying to get the #1 seed in the NFC.

  17. Surprised no one has clowned that dude up there that toughted the Rams as a great team coached by Sean McCOY….

  18. I am impresed by the the Eagles and Vikings, but easy schedules are a factor. Both will get crushed by the Steelers and definately the Patriots when the time comes and that day is SuperBowl Sunday.

  19. The Philthydelphia Football team has beaten no one of importance; this is just this year’s version of the Carolina Paper Tigers who won 13 games against teams with losing records who were really a joke when it mattered.

  20. laserw says:

    November 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    The Philthydelphia Football team has beaten no one of importance; this is just this year’s version of the Carolina Paper Tigers who won 13 games against teams with losing records who were really a joke when it mattered.

    1st where did those paper tigers you speak of go that year? The Superbowl.

    2nd when it comes to teams eagles should beat. They just don’t beat them. They manhandle them offensively and defensively. They have allowed 1 touchdown in all of November. No matter how bad a team is that you are playing if you convincingly beats teams week in and week out, that is something special to watch. Baring anything changing this team is built for the future.

  21. I am a long time Rams fan. I personally love seeing the growth of both Philly and LA. #1 and #2 pick going head to head with much improved pieces around them. Should be a fantastic game. I honestly believe it can go either way. But both fan bases should be excited that we are talking about meaningful football in December. I know as a Rams fan, it has been way too long! Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the season!

  22. If I’m a Eagles fan I wouldn’t be getting ready to crown the Eagles as a Super Bowl participate just yet. Eagles fans are quick to bring up the argument of them manhandling bad teams. Which yes they are but so are the Vikings and Rams who have so far played tougher schedules.

    The Eagles have a point differential of 167 points in wins compared to 130 points for the Vikings and 153 points for the Rams. The Eagles have played 2 teams over .500 and they are 1-1 in those games, compared to 4-2 for the Vikings, and 2-2 for the Rams.

  23. If the Eagles beat the Seahawks, even by 1 point, I’m done thinking Seattle is any good. All these home game flops. They had to comeback last minute to beat Texans, completely barfed up the Redskins game, and once again like every week in every game the last 5 years Wilson spotted the Falcons a bunch of points playing a dreadful 1st half. You either button it up eventually or you are what you are.

  24. You can only play the teams on your schedule. Is it Philly’s fault NFC East disintegrated like it has? Philly lost at KC when they were playing well. But Eagles looked very good in that game, scored late, got the onside kick but couldn’t convert to tie the game.

  25. People forget how both Philly and Vikings started out last season but things happened and they fell off. Now both teams have rediscovered what they had last season.

  26. The best scenario would be a win against the Sea Gulls and a loss against the LAmbs. That would pretty much make sure Seattle will not do any better than be a wildcard team.

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