By Rich Tandler
Even before the Eagles lost to the Bills yesterday I was getting questions on Twitter about the possibility that the Redskins will be playing a desperate Eagles team next Sunday. Twitter friend @RedskinsST21 had a typical comment:
Desperate teams always scare me
I have never bought into the notion that desperate teams somehow play harder or better. If you need losing to get you motivated, you are in trouble anyway. The notion goes counter to the idea that success breeds success. Does failure breed success? I don’t think so.
And even if desperation could cause this Eagles team to play better wouldn’t that motivation kicked in already? Given the expectations in Philly, shouldn’t they have started to play better when the slipped to 1-2? Shouldn’t desperation mode really have kicked in when they were 1-3? If the theory held they should have played the game of their lives yesterday.
This does not mean that the Redskins are assured of winning on Sunday. The Eagles are a talented team and if they stop shooting themselves in the foot they can beat anyone in the league. But it won’t be because they are “desperate.”