The Philadelphia Eagles haven't really had a perfect preseason. If they did, Eagles fans like myself would have less anxiety over Michael Vick's injuries, and whether this team is really a top Super Bowl contender. But Philadelphia's preseason record betrays these anxieties, as it is 3-0 going into the final week - and is one of three perfect teams thus far.
Coincidentally, the only three teams without an exhibition loss so far are ones who didn't make the playoffs last year. Along with the Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers have a perfect 3-0 record as well, with all three franchises hoping to launch comeback seasons.
The Seahawks have had a fairly eventful month in many ways, as they acquired and then cut Terrell Owens while Russell Wilson snuck up and took over quarterback duties. Matt Flynn got a lot of money to take over, but he will be riding the bench to start the year while the rookie from Wisconsin gets a shot. If Wilson leads the offense the way he has in the preseason, he may not give the job back anytime soon.
Seattle won the NFC West in 2010 with a losing record and still won a wild card game, before slipping backwards in 2011. Now the Seahawks want to take the division back - although it is much stronger thanks to the San Francisco 49ers - and hope this perfect start is a sign of things to come. The Eagles are in pretty much the same boat, as they need to redeem a rotten 2011 and get back to the NFC playoffs as well - at the least.
Over in the AFC, the only perfect preseason squad is also seeking redemption for a terrible 2011. Like the Eagles, the Chargers have contended for years and always fell short, with the bottom falling out last season. Despite having Philip Rivers and many more weapons, the Chargers couldn't even win an AFC West that was won by the 8-8 'Tebowmania' Denver Broncos.
Yet San Diego is getting off on the right foot this preseason, although it really needs to win early in the regular season, which has often been a problem. With their championship window closing, the Chargers really can't afford to waste many more years getting it right, much like the Eagles. But after all those years of falling just short and after not even coming close in 2011, both the Chargers and Eagles are huge question marks this season.
Perfect records in August are pretty much forgotten by September, as each of these clubs could easily start 0-3 when the games count. But until that happens, this month has been a promising sign for the Eagles, Seahawks and Chargers, as they seek more great months to put them back into contention.
Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.
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