The Eagles’ Blessing

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Greater Bengaldom is still lamenting Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Super Chargers.  For some, this week’s loss of Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden to the Washington Redskins is a bit of a consolation prize; a rare opportunity for evolution in an otherwise stagnative organization.

Indeed, it is hard to argue that his style of offensive, while “explosive,” retains several inherent weaknesses that were exhibited in the past weekend’s wildcard loss. 

Certainly there were other, more executionary aspects of the game which had a hand in the Bengals rainy afternoon loss, but simply looking at coaching and players may not be enough.  There may have been something more prognostic at work.

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) fends off Philadelphia Eagles safety Earl Wolff (28) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

On September 15th, the San Diego Chargers were the first team of 2013 that the Philadelphia Eagles hosted at home on Lincoln Financial Field.  Strangely enough, this might have been all the Changers required to be successful.

For the past four years, teams that have played the Eagles in their season opener have found themselves in the Super Bowl come February.