Eagles’ Win Over Redskins Was a Moral Defeat

Posted: 29th November 2009 by Bryan Toporek in NFL
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The Eagles ' win over the Redskins Sunday moved the team to 7-4 overall on the season (3-1 in the division) and firmly into the driver's seat for one of the two NFC wild card spots. But in reality, it was about as close to a defeat as a win could be. á In fact, while the Redskins get credit for another moral victory for keeping the game so close, the Eagles can soundly call Sunday's performance a moral defeat. Bill Simmons introduced me to the idea of a moral defeat in this reader mailbag of his , where a reader from Illinois proposed: "[What's] a phrase for a team that plays poorly and barely wins a game that it should have won in a landslide? Why not 'moral defeat'? It's the exact opposite of a moral victory -- an inferior team playing out of its mind and almost toppling Goliath, but b ...

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