Throw in some 60-plus yard plays, a chest bump, and spice it up with a little bit of jiggying. That’s the Eagles’ recipe for a probable playoff appearance.
The Giants and Cowboys, on the other hand, might want to read over Philly’s cookbook.
The Eagles seem to have the ingredients for success; but will they use them to cook up a playoff berth, or will they “get an egg shell in the batter” and give Philadelphia another letdown in another sport?
“The Eagles will choke (no pun intended…and okay, enough with the food analogies),” said student, Corey Delmonto.
The Eagles (9-5) have a reputation of being one of the best in the regular season but then blowing it in the playoffs. Some think there’s going to be a change this season, while some can’t help to have the Eagles’ postseason failures stuck in the back of their mind.
Mark Curtin is one of the Eagles’ fans that are feeling pretty optimistic about the Philadelphia’s playoff chances.
“They’re going to make a run deep into the playoffs.” He thought about it some more, then added, “If Desean Jackson can stay healthy.”
English teacher, Holly Astheimer, on the other hand, is one that doesn’t try to get too excited for the postseason so she doesn’t get down if her team blows it.
“It’s difficult to fully believe they’re going (to go all the way [win the Super Bowl]),” Astheimer, a huge Eagles’ fan, said, “The Eagles tend to do well at the end of the season (and then not do so well in the playoffs).”
Yeah, the Eagles are probably set for a NFC East championship, but the Cowboys (8-5) and Giants (7-6) are right on their tail. The Cowboys, though, are known for the December fallout; and right now, they’re in big trouble because they face the undefeated New Orleans Saints in the upcoming week – not to mention the last week of the season where they play the division-leading Eagles again. The Cowboys must have a concerned look on their faces when thinking about Dallas’ future.
Now, about the third place team in the division, the New York football Giants, it’s not looking as bad as the Cowboys’ chances with the Redskins (4-9) and the Panthers (5-8) in two weeks.
But the only team that most of Penn Manor wants to make the playoffs is Philly.
“Anyone but the Cowboys,” Astheimer said about which team she wants to make it to the postseason.
“I don’t really like the Giants because I think their coach is ugly,” said math teacher, Kim Frey, who’s rooting for the ‘Boys to pull it out.
Most of Penn Manor will be in good spirits as long as the Eagles make it through the season without blowing it and will be extra happy if they make it far into the playoffs. Also, with Philadelphia’s mediocre schedule ahead of them, the Eagles and their fans shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
“The Eagles always have had a lot of success at the end of the season,” said Peter Horning, a Philly fan, “I’m feeling good.”
By Alex Geli