Besides the Anti-toomer stuff on the board recently all I see is how we're getting no respect by self proclaimed experts.
Newsflash. We were a 9-7 team last year that had to win 3 of the last 4 games to even MAKE the playoffs. We really only made it because the division was so weak, record wise, normally the NFC East is much more competitive (we were 10-6 the year before and DIDN'T make the playoffs). Eli's even said the team has to be better this year.
I don't think the Eagles or Cowboys are better than us. But you can't deny the potential that they have as far as talent goes. We play in one of the 2 or 3 toughest divisions in football, next to the AFC North and possibly the NFC South (if the Panthers are good this year). This is not the AFC East where the Pats get 4 free wins against the Bills and Dolphins and then 2 slightly less easy wins against a mediocre Jets team that probably will be out of the playoffs this year. To illustrate HOW CLOSE IT IS, all the Eagles had to do last year, as hilariously disappointing as they were, was win one more game and we're sitting at home in January. And that was a team that finished 8-8. Even the damn Redskins, who have been the doormat of the division for years, SWEPT US last year. So they can't be counted on for 2 wins either.
And we DO have the toughest schedule this year in theory. Doesn't mean it will be the toughest in reality, but even having the toughest schedule last year we REALLY struggled through it. We beat the Pats and then lost to the Saints (embarrassingly), 49ers and Packers (although these were close). Now, we beat all of those teams except for NO in the playoffs, and that's great, but think about it for a second. If we pull that **** again this year, all we have to do is lose 1 other game (like the Seahawks from last year, or either redskin game) or so and we could be out altogether, and won't even have a chance to beat up those teams in the playoffs.
Furthermore, it is VERY difficult to repeat, especially in this day and age. It's only been done once in recent times with the Pats. 5 out of 12 teams from the playoffs last year won't make it this year, happens every year.
Do I think we'll be fine? Yeah. Do I think we'll make the playoffs? Yes. I think we'll win the division again and we'll be a tough fight for any team we play in the playoffs. We have a future HOFer head coach, one of the 5 best QBs in the league, two great weapons at WR in what is now a passing league, our pass rush is intact, and the secondary will be healthy. Even the Oline as bad as it was last year I think will be better.
But it's very easy to see this team going 8-8 and being out this year. When you take into account everything above, we have a much more difficult road ahead of us than teams like the Patriots, the Texans and Broncos who play in joke divisions, etc.
The only thing I find ridiculous is that the loss of Jacobs and Manningham are being touted as big deals.