Fact or Fiction: Eagles

The Eagles will finally get to the Super Bowl.

Updated: September 2, 2004, 11:36 AM ET
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As part of ESPN.com's season preview package, we'll have two of our experts debate an issue every day for Fact or Fiction. Today's Fact or Fiction question: The Eagles will finally get to the Super Bowl.

Fact or Fiction: The Eagles will finally get to the Super Bowl.
Sean Salisbury
Sean Salisbury
FICTION

At the beginning of the season I might have answered fact to this question, but the loss of running back Correll Buckhalter is devastating to the Eagles' plans. Last season they were successful with a running back platoon of Buckhalter, Brian Westbrook and Duce Staley. Now they are down to just Westbrook and I'm not sure how long Westbrook and recently signed running back Dorsey Levens will handle the increased workload this season. That's a big issue and I think it will keep the Eagles out of the Super Bowl.
Merril Hoge
Merril Hoge
FICTION

To be honest, I don't think they'll even get to the playoffs. Even before the injuries to their defensive line they weren't going to the playoffs because they don't have the CBs to play the defense they need to play. The additions of Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens aren't going to be enough for them to win. Kearse won't get three sacks per game and once opposing teams start game planning against him he won't be that big a factor. Owens is a great receiver, but he's not a guy who can control or change the game. He can impact the game with his play, but he's only going to touch it a limited amount of times. You can't build an offense around a receiver.

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