, my previous years of being a Falcon fan have caused me to be a pessimist when it comes to my favorite teams. Having seasons of high expectations and then have them come crashing down on us has also caused me so feelings of ill will in the past (see 1999 and 2003).
I really think the Falcons can win this game, but I honestly believe it's going to take the most effort that we've seen from teh team all season. Say what you want about the "weakness" of the Eagles, but they are one of the best teams in football, and the Falcons have really yet to show they are on the same level of "eliteness" that Philly, Pittsburgh, and New England are. I don't want to sound too overly negative, but there's a reason why we had the weakest schedule in the league and we managed a 11-5 record. Besides Denver, San Diego, and Carolina are really the only playoff caliber teams (in my opinion) that we've beaten this year. Sure that's 3 more than a lot of teams out there, but it's not exactly the kind of opponents that strengthen a team to the point that they can be Super Bowl champions.
There are a lot of factors weighing against us. As we know our passing game and pass protection have been our biggest weaknesses on offense. Well, the snow eliminates the first factor. Now the second factor comes up: Weiner is questionable, so he's less than 100%, and he's now facing Jevon Kearse, the type of athletic DE known to give this line, Vick, and the Falcons fits for the FIRST TIME! Not to mention we are now facing one of the best blitzing teams in the league, and it's been proven that controlled aggression against Vick is the best way to attack him.
Even with whatever factors you weigh, I think the Eagles are the stronger team. I've been very nervous all week. My heart tells me the Falcons can and will win, but my head tells me that we won't.
I don't think the weather gives the Eagles any major advantage, but I believe we're at the point that anything that doesn't give us an advantage, is a disadvantage.
I'm trying my best to keep my fingers crossed and stay positive. I've always been befuddled by the many Falcon fans I meet online that just seem to be blind optimists. Like the suggestion that since we are such a great running team and the Eagles biggest weakness defensively is their run defense, automatically means we will win, without putting much more thought into it.
If you're going to continue to read my thoughts/comments on the Falcons, you should know that I've always been a person that only begins to believe things about the Falcons until I see it. So, until I see it, i.e. with the cards stacked more against them than for them, the Falcons go into Philly in the heavy snow and beat the Eagles, I won't really believe they can, although I DO ACTUALLY believe they can...if that makes any sense.
So just know me as pessimist Pudge, that is doing his best over the last few years to become more optimistic.