In 2017, after modest expectations, every weird thing that could possibly go right did, and the Eagle pulled off the impossible by winning the Super Bowl. It was heaven.

But, alas, in 2019, after over the top expectations, everything that could go wrong did. First, injury racked the defense and the offense lost its deep thread, D Jack, for the season. Then the offense lost much of its receiving corps and a key running back and parts of its O line, just as the D was getting back to heath and effectiveness.

But then things reversed to the point where at long last it looked like both sides of the ball were reasonably healthy, and so the Eagles headed south to play what appeared to be a patsy, the Miami Dolphins. Really!

But this is the NFL, guys. In a bad year things can just keep getting worse no matter what, and they did.

The Eagles offense played pretty darn good and scored 31 points, which should have been enough to win with a defense that seemed back up to par — and actually the team did play quite well when you watch the highlights.

The killer was that the Dolphins QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his big receivers turned red hot. These giant receivers, which towered over the Eagles DBs, were flying high to catch perfectly placed balls.

So, yes, 2019 was a reverse of 2017. If the rest of this season were like 2017, few would have thought getting beat by 2 and 9 team was anything more than a meaningless fluke — as it, indeed, was this time. But when coupled with an injury plagued season of many loses, after sky-high expectations, fans are going out of their mind with anger and disappointment. But get over it, Eagles fans. The team is nowhere as bad as fate has made it out to be this season. It’s just the breaks of the NFL. Some years you win the Super Bowl and others the booby prize.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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