"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."
if the Eagles were in the AFC they wouldn't make the fucking playoffs. Different style of football all together. You have to have a run defense and run offense to make it in the AFC, unless you have Peyton Manning as your QB, McNabb is no Manning, and the group of receivers that Indy has plus the NFL's leading rusher make them a playoff contender. The Eagles have neither. If the Eagles were in the AFC they would look a lot like the Chiefs. All offense, no defense.
Philly never runs the ball. Duce Staley even said that, they never run the ball. To win against AFC teams who run the ball at least 60% of the time you have to be able to control the clock, or McNabb and TO will never see the field. Also, you have to be able to stop the run, which Philly is horible at. Sorry, Philly, even with TO would not be able to beat a team like Pit, who ran the ball 52 times a few weeks ago, or NE, who is the best overall team in football, or baring the QB's don't lose the game, a Baltimore, or Denver. They couldn't beat the Jets, with Curtis Martin running all over them.
Todd Pinkston? He provides a deep threat sure, but even then if he hears footsteps he will shy away fromt he ball. Freddie Mitchell has been inconsistant at best over the course of his career.
Philly will be the best team in football when it gets a serious running back that can grind out yards (which they had in Staley), a better D-line and scheme that can stop the run better, a second WR threat (sorry Pussy, and Freddie aren't the answer), and a TE that McNabb can hit for mid range passes down the middle. They are not far off at all, in fact within the next few years they will win it all, they just do not have the defense, or offensive capability to match a running game like any playoff team in the AFC, or any running game of any team in the AFC.