A Look Back – Apparently, the 2009 NFL betting season just wasn’t good enough in the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia Eagles had a fantastic regular season, just narrowly missing out on the NFC East title at 11-5. The offense was the best in the division, scoring 429 total points. However, an early exit from the postseason at the hands of the rival Dallas Cowboys didn’t sit well, and sweeping changes were made from the team.

Key Addition – LB Ernie Sims – From the days of Jim Johnson calling the shots for the defense, speedy linebackers were a must in the City of Brotherly Love. It certainly doesn’t get much faster than Sims. The former Florida State Seminole was a cog in the Detroit Lions defense since being drafted, and now we are going to find out whether this was a product of Sims being inadequate at outside linebacker or whether the rest of the pieces of the puzzle around him were just that weak in the Motor City.

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Key Loss – QB Donovan McNabb – Here is where your sweeping changes began for the Eagles. Not only did they think so little of McNabb that they were intent to get rid of him, but they traded him to a divisional rival! With #5 now playing in Washington DC, HC Andy Reid is going to be forced to turn to either QB Michael Vick or QB Kevin Kolb. Kolb is clearly the direction that the franchise would like to go in, but Vick will see plenty of time, and rookie QB Mike Kafka could step in if need be.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Kolb is the real deal. If not, the entire city of Philadelphia might be burning. Philly fans crave success at this level, and if Kolb can’t step in and immediately bring the team back to the postseason, he is going to be destroyed by the media and the crowd in the City of Brotherly Love. The Houston product proved that he could put points on the board last season, throwing for 718 yards in two starts in place of the injured McNabb, but can he do it over the full stretch of a 16 game season?

The Crucial Game – Depending on whether or not QB Brett Favre is playing for the Vikings, the game the day after Christmas at home against Minnesota could be make or break for the Eagles. If that game ends in defeat, the clash against Dallas on January 2nd could also be very, very important.

Predictions – It is pretty clear that the rest of the NFC East has, at very least, stayed just as competitive as it once was. Dallas and New York should be competing for playoff positions, while you know that the Redskins, with a new quarterback and head coach in tote, are going to be a thorn in the side of this Philly team the entire season. It is hard to see how the Eagles are getting back to the playoffs, though it is certainly an expectation.

2010 Philadelphia Eagles Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. GB (Pick)
9/19 @ DET
9/26 @ JAX
10/3 vs. WAS
10/10 @ SF
10/17 vs. ATL
10/24 @ TEN
Bye
11/7 vs. IND
11/15 @ WAS
11/21 vs. NYG
11/28 @ CHI
12/2 vs. HOU
12/12 @ DAL
12/19 @ NYG
12/26 vs. MIN
1/2 vs. DAL

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