Predictably, Eagles are playing the disrespect card

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After the Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz to a torn ACL, many assumed that the train would keep right on rolling. Though they won enough games to secure the No. 1 seed, things haven’t gone nearly as smoothly, with near losses to the Giants and Raiders before a season-ending shutout to the Cowboys.

As a result, a perception emerged that the Eagles were destined for a one-and-done playoff run. The perception has transmogrified into the reality of the Eagles being a three-point home underdog to the sixth-seeded Falcons.

And so the situation is ripe for the Eagles to push back, claiming that they’re being disrespected. Defensive lineman Fletcher Cox got things started Monday, but he went way too far, suggesting that the Eagles were disrespected all year.

That’s baloney; the Eagles were properly and completely respected until they lost Wentz. And then they were over-respected, getting the benefit of the doubt that the game between Wentz and Nick Foles wasn’t as big as it is.

Tackle Lane Johnson, whose boycott of the media didn’t last very long, chimed in on Tuesday, saying that “[w]e were 12-2 and we were treated like we were the Browns,” via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

No, actually, the Eagles are being treated like a Super Bowl contender that lost its MVP-caliber quarterback, and that has a not-MVP-caliber backup.

I can’t fault the Eagles for trying. And the effort could work; even if the claims aren’t plausible, all that matters is whether the players in the locker room believe it. Then all that matters is whether the extra motivation from the perception of disrespect matters against the defending NFC champions.

30 responses to “Predictably, Eagles are playing the disrespect card

  1. Predictably, Eagles are playing the disrespect card!

    It’s the only card they have, with Nick Foles guiding them…..

  2. Meh. After Wentz went down, I thought our SB chances were done. They may still be. But I like the underdog route. Despite what Vegas says, we’ll beat Atlanta, this week.

  3. I think the Falcons would probably win this game even with Wentz at QB. Would be a lot closer with him at QB however. What a shame. I really felt terrible for Eagles and their fans when Wentz was lost for the rest of the season. Just a terrible thing to have happen to the young man and his team.

    Look, anything can happen on Saturday but I just feel like the Falcons are going to take this one as they are playing some great football. They didn’t play the sisters of the poor last weekend and absolutely handled the Rams.

  4. How about the Falcons were 10-6 with 6 near losses? 2 of those near losses were Chicago dropping a TD pass in the last 20 seconds and the Golden Tate 6 inches short + 10 second runoff. They beat the Jets by 5 and Tampa by 3.

    I don’t get how the 6 plays from 4-12 Falcons can be taken seriously just because Pharoh Cooper fumbled twice and the Rams choked as a team.

  5. The thing is ANY team is more than just their QB and the media have failed to mention the following–
    1. The Eagles defense, 4th in the league in yardage given up and 1st in the league against the run. At the Linc, over the past TWO years, under Doug Pederson, they’ve only allowed 14.4ppg.
    2. The Eagles running game, which no one has talked about and which finished 2nd in the NFL.
    3. The offensive line, particularly Lane Johnson who faced a plethora of the best pass rushers in the league and gave up little, if anything to them.

    And the media wants to keep harping on the last 2 games Foles played–one of which he only played one series. All the guy did was come in after Wentz got injured and led them to a come from behind win against the Rams AT LA–a game in which I believe you and your esteemed colleague picked them to LOSE WITH Wentz!!! That clinched the division; then with a week’s of practice with the first team, he threw for 4 TDs against the Giants, again on the road, to help clinch the first round bye; then, although not the prettiest of performances, in which Oakland FRANCHISE QB Derek Carr also struggled, he led them right down the field for the game winning FG to clinch HFA.

    So no wonder they feel disrespected. I notice that whenever the Pats feel they’re disrespected, you never say they went overboard.

  6. They follow the quarterbacks in the NFL.If Carson was playing it would be different.
    They do the same thing to the teams without the household QB names. Like Case Keenum, Alex Smith or worse Bortles.

  7. I think the Eagles have a very good chance to win this week . But people have recency bias . And the last two times Foles took he Field he stunk . Maybe it was the sub freezing temps (Carr and Prescott were also very bad in those two games ) or maybe it wasn’t . But you can’t argue the product has been quite different without Wentz. If a different looking Foles emerges and the offense looks good, a lot of the talking heads And Vegas will look at them more favorably .

  8. The feeling of disrespect is baloney? Even when they had Wentz people, such as yourself, picked against them. You were destroyed in the game by game predictions this year with a lot of your losses coming from picking against the Eagles. When they were winning it was “they haven’t beaten anyone yet.” When they beat the Rams and Wentz got injured it was “now they won’t go anywhere.” They still won the final two out of three games and now are first one seed to ever be underdogs. They can see the chatter, the disrespect claims are well warranted

  9. They are 13-3, the #1 seed, have a strong rushing defense, can pressure the QB with just their front 4, have a fresh stable of RBs, solid OL, a great TE, playmakers at WR, and reliable special teams. I understand them being an underdog due to QB play but everyone writing them off is strange to me considering the NFC runs through Philadelphia which isn’t an easy place to play. In the past two years they’ve beaten some talented teams on that home field under Doug Pederson…Pittsburgh by 31, 6-0 Minnesota team by 11, 2016 playoff bound Giants and Cowboys, plus this very similar Atlanta team, then this year were 7-0 until playing backups in the finale. The disrespect card is warranted here.

  10. This whole disrespect bulletin board material crap is just that when it comes to the playoffs.

    What are you going to do, try harder?

  11. As a Falcons fan, this has the makings of a great game. Sad that Carson Wentz got hurt but the Eagles remain a very good team. The Falcons typically do not play well in Philadelphia or in outdoor stadiums. On the other hand, the Falcons seem to be gaining momentum at the right time plus Matt Ryan is from Philly and will be prepared. I wouldn’t bet a penny on this game. Whoever makes the offensive plays and creates turnovers on Saturday wins but that’s usually the case.

  12. They were disrespected all year. Everyone talked about their easy schedule and how they didn’t beat any good teams all year. The Carolina win was dismissed as Carolina not being that good and the Rams win was dismissed as soon as Carson tore his ACL.

  13. bobbyinlondon says:
    January 10, 2018 at 3:49 am
    The thing is ANY team is more than just their QB and the media have failed to mention the following

    2. The Eagles running game, which no one has talked about and which finished 2nd in the NFL.
    3. The offensive line, particularly Lane Johnson who faced a plethora of the best pass rushers in the league and gave up little, if anything to them.
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    The Cowboys finished second in rushing, ahead of the Eagles. The Eagles o-line was ranked 16th in the league.

  14. When Nick Foles stepped in, it seemed like the Eagles might be ok. Then he played two pretty bad games (1 1/4 actually) which really affected perception of the team. They are a legitimately good team, and I think they can beat the Falcons, but I’m not sure they can make it past either the Vikings or Saints unless Foles finds a rhythm he hasn’t shown for about a month.

  15. goldensmog says:

    January 10, 2018 at 7:24 am

    They were disrespected all year. Everyone talked about their easy schedule and how they didn’t beat any good teams all year. The Carolina win was dismissed as Carolina not being that good and the Rams win was dismissed as soon as Carson tore his ACL.
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    so they won 13 games and you brought up 2 good wins? so that pretty much tells you how easy their schedule was lol!

  16. bobbyinlondon says:

    January 10, 2018 at 3:49 am

    The thing is ANY team is more than just their QB and the media have failed to mention the following–
    1. The Eagles defense, 4th in the league in yardage given up and 1st in the league against the run. At the Linc, over the past TWO years, under Doug Pederson, they’ve only allowed 14.4ppg.
    2. The Eagles running game, which no one has talked about and which finished 2nd in the NFL.
    3. The offensive line, particularly Lane Johnson who faced a plethora of the best pass rushers in the league and gave up little, if anything to them.
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    That’s cute but those stats were built up by playing bad teams. go back from the seattle game to the end of the season and tell me where they rank in those stats.

  17. I’d be lyin’ if I said I didn’t think Ryan would send the Eagles flyin’ in the off season.

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