My feet hurt from the eight hours of standing on multiple hand warmers shoved into my sneakers. The bedroom reeked of Miller-Lite-induced flatulence. Each swallow felt like I had a cactus stuck in the back of my throat from four hours of screaming at the top of my lungs. I felt as though I had played a game myself, drained. I spent Sunday in sweatpants, ordering in multiple orders of food like a lazy sloth. It was like I had the flu, an Eagles Playoff flu, and I never felt better.
I watched my DVR’d Eagles Post-Game Live Show as soon as I awakened. I was like a kid on Christmas morning trying to stay home all day with his new toys, trying to maintain the Eagles Victory High from the night before and reliving every big play. I woke up still wearing my long johns, Eagles hoodie, and beanie cap from the night before. It was one helluva night and I couldn’t have been prouder to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
After a few early stumbles, the Eagles clicked on all points: offensively, defensively, special teams, coaching, and the fans. This was Doug Pederson’s coming out party. Too many people have said his success has been because of Carson Wentz. Well, dude is now 3-0 without Wentz in meaningful games. And, last night he called a great game that sent the reigning NFC Champions and NFL MVP home for the summer.
The Eagles have the best record in the NFL and they earned home-field advantage. They’ve won without Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, and Carson Wentz. They may not be the prettiest wins, but this team’s resiliency embodies the City of Philadelphia. So, in typical Philly fashion, F**K the naysayers, F**K Vegas, F**K the doubters, F**K everyone.
That mentality consumed the Linc on Saturday night. It was us, the team, the city, and the fans against the world. Journalists, prognosticators, “so-called” experts and talking heads got served a heaping hot bowl of crow. If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket on Sunday you best be prepared to bring your A-jawn to the Linc.
Now, the Vikings are heading to Philly in a game that few are already giving the Eagles a chance to win. Early Vegas lines have them at 3.5 point underdogs against a team on the road quarterbacked by Case Keenum with a defense that is marginally better than the Eagles. So, I say bring it the F**K on.
All week long we are gonna hear how great this Vikings defense is. They’re good. But, so are the Eagles. The Eagles are better against the run. The Vikings against the pass. The Vikings give up 2.6 points less a game. Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t the likes of the Steel Curtain or the 2012 Ravens.
Bring on Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon. I’ll take Ajayi, Blount, and Clement. Bring on Thielen, Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph. Schwartz and the Eagles just shut down and better group of receives. Case Keenum? He’s coming to Philly because of a fluke play where a Saints cornerback decided to tackle air instead of Diggs. We ain’t scared.
If you are, keep that bullsh*t to yourself. This team, this city, these fans ain’t got no time for that. As the playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”