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Eagles Can Still Save Season Even If They Lose to Falcons: A Fan's Analysis

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The Philadelphia Eagles are in a very precarious spot right now. Although the Eagles are 3-3 and there's still a long way left to go, fans like myself will be tempted to say the season is on the line right now. If Philadelphia loses to the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 28 and falls down to 3-4 after starting at 3-1, then the bandwagon will look a lot lighter in this town.

But if the Eagles lose, will that really mean that all is lost? It may be too early to think about that now, since Philadelphia hasn't actually played or lost to Atlanta yet. However, given the long odds the Eagles are facing against the 6-0 Falcons, it may be wise to think ahead and train ourselves not to jump off the ledge.

If the Eagles do lose and fall into a three-game losing streak, it won't make them look too likely to get back up. Yet it isn't like the schedule isn't manageable for Philadelphia, as there are many winnable games still on the horizon.

After facing the Falcons, the Eagles face an opponent that has far less caliber, at least this season. Facing the weaker, Sean Payton-less New Orleans Saints on Monday, Nov. 5 could be just what Philadelphia needs to get back to .500. Of course, since the Saints have won twice in a row after an 0-4 start and still have Drew Brees, they might have some spark left.

If Philadelphia tumbles to 3-5 in New Orleans, then it would probably be wise to start a fire sale. But even at 4-4, the Eagles would then face another winnable game against the Dallas Cowboys the next week. Since Dallas is as disappointing and unpredictable as Philadelphia is, it could cancel out in the Eagles' favor.

Winning two straight to get back to 5-4 would bode very well for the Eagles. After that, the second half of the year offers beatable opponents like the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals - who all look less intimidating than they did in the preseason. If form holds there, then Philadelphia would just need an extra few wins over rivals like Dallas, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, which is still doable.

With all this in mind, the Eagles' obituary cannot be written even after a loss to the Falcons. Of course, that goes under the assumption that they can rally back, remember who they are and come through to save Andy Reid and Michael Vick's jobs. There would still be time to do that after this week - but a loss to Atlanta would make it much more difficult.

Nevertheless, this game with the Falcons isn't a do-or-die scenario, no matter if it may look like it. However, with a loss, the next Monday night against the Saints would be do-or-die without a doubt. But the Eagles would only be on the brink of death by then, even if the hysteria in Philadelphia would suggest otherwise.

We don't need to get hysterical if the Eagles upset the Falcons and revive themselves then and there. Yet we must remember that Philadelphia would still have time to resurrect itself if it lost - albeit very, very little time.

Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident who has followed the Eagles since he was eight years old.

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