Bottom line - Defenses will be focusing on stopping the run, so Westbrook will find yardage very hard to come by
I don't know about that. Losing a stud like T.O. hurts them more than people are letting on.
No question. It's a huge loss. Huge.
Defenses have been geared to stop T.O., which obviously forces them to let up on the running game
The Eagles don't really run much, with or without T.O. That won't change without Owens...it's just not something Andy likes to do. Westbrook is more of a catch-the-ball-in-the-flat type of back. I expect to see him lined up as a wider receiver quite a bit.
303 is right, they don't have a serious threat other than Owens. We've seen what Pinkston is made of, and Chad Lewis isn't a top notch tight end that can carry a game like a Gates or a Gonzo or a Heap. Freddie Mitchell? Nope.
Pinkston's shying away from contact is inexcusable, and makes me furious. However, he does add value to the team. Hopefully, Freddy will take advantage of his increased opportunities. As for Lewis, he's not the #1 T.E. on the Eagles. Smith will have a huge role.
Bottom line: If the Eagles were in the AFC, this injury would be fatal. The NFC is so weak that I still think they are the favorite to survive. Not by much, though.
As I said on the OG: If the Eagles pull off the miracle, and win the Superbowl, I will post pictures of myself naked drunk and happy in the middle of Philadelphia.
That should get everyone cheering for them.
They will struggle the rest of the season ( starting with this week against St Louis)
I expect the Eagles will lose the next two games. They have nothing to play for, whereas the Rams are fighting for a playoff spot. Andy has already said that he plans on playing subs a lot.