Week five pits the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3), against the Buffalo Bills (3-1) in a game that could define the Eagles season. With two games remaining before the bye week, the Birds can ill afford to fall three games under .500 and further behind the NFC East division leading Washington Redskins.
The last three weeks have brought several changes to the Eagles linebackers and other defensive positions. This week, it was the offense that received a makeover. First round draft choice Danny Watkins will get his first NFL start after being inactive for the first four weeks of his career.
Meanwhile Derek Landri rejoined the team for the first time since training camp after signing with the Eagles on Monday. Trent Cole and Juqua Parker sat out practice and Darryl Tapp is done for the year. Landri provides new depth to the Eagles defensive line and pass rush.
Michael Vick talked about an increased commitment to excellence beginning this week, and also dispelled the notion of a ‘dream team’.
“I think that word is dead,” Vick said. “It was out there and I don’t know if it put extra pressure on some guys, but it’s hard to be a dream team at 1-3. We’re at the bottom of the barrel right now and have to try and scrap our way back to the top.”