From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

Three games to go. Everyone expects the Birds will tear the Browns apart. I do, too. But is it really as much of a foregone conclusion as everyone believes, or do you think there's a chance that Cleveland could somehow spoil things?

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

Don't count me among the believers. Not yet. I get that the Eagles are channeling 2006 and feel like they've got that special, unquantifiable "something" now that they've rediscovered the running game and the defense has stiffened. Maybe that's all true. But this is the team that looked unbeatable earlier, then couldn't beat Cincinnati. Anything can happen. And as Marty Mornhinweg tried telling the players, the Browns beat the Giants, and played the Steelers and Colts tight.

That said, I think the Eagles will win, and if they do, things will get really interesting because trouble has hit the other three NFC East teams, and for the first time in months, the Eagles look like the stable ones. Go figure.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

I think the Browns are in trouble. More specifically, I think Ken Dorsey is in trouble. He's not the best quarterback to begin with. What's he going to do when Jim Johnson sends the blitz to terrorize him? Poor guy.

Re: the other NFC East teams. Don't you just love how T.O. can't help himself? Dog bites man, T.O. complains about his quarterback not throwing the ball to him. I did dig his Santa hat and Rudolph nose, though. Very festive.

From: Sheridan, Phil

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

As you know (ahem, ahem), every year is different in the National Football League. It's a long season. You have to play each one out and let the chips fall where they . . .

Sorry. I can only carry the Andy impersonation on so long. Thing is, this is what he's talking about, even if it sounds like a recording. The Cowboys were a lock to make the playoffs. Washington was a pleasant surprise. The Giants were (OK, are) the class of the NFC. The Eagles were roadkill. As Bud Selig said about the weather, the NFC East just keeps changing.

They can't let Cleveland be another Cincinnati. Can't. Take care of the Browns and the Eagles really are set up for two weeks that can salvage this whole weird, ugly, aggravating season.

I think they will. If there's a fall, it will be later. Eagles 31, Browns 19.

T.O. is like a lot of my old friends: Tons of fun as long as you're not counting on him for anything.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Gonzalez, John; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

T.O.'s bent that Jason Witten is tighter with Romo than he is, thus Witten's getting more looks on the field. It's so T.O. Next thing that will come out is that he's jealous of Jessica. The Cowboys have a big problem, not that that makes them unique in the NFC East. Paging Plaxico Burress and Clinton Portis.

And I get that it's a long season, anything can happen, blah, blah, blah. But if the Eagles really are that good, how is it that they were that bad against Cincinnati and Baltimore? And if you are what your record says you are, then the Eagles are inconsistent and unpredictable, even if they have won two straight.

That said . . . Eagles 27, Browns 13

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

I don't blame T.O. for being jealous. I hear that you two were conspiring with Jim Cohen behind my back in an attempt to secure more Talkin' space for yourselves, and less for me. I mean, spread the column inches around already.

Eagles 38, Browns 14.

From: Sheridan, Phil

To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

It all makes sense. T.O. is always open. Your mouth is always open.

From: Gonzalez, John

To: Fox, Ashley; Sheridan, Phil

Subject: The Birds and the Browns

Hard to argue.