The Eagles lost in yet another very disappointing performance on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. It was very frustrating to watch, especially in the first half. We saw the Birds try to make a come back towards the end of the game but it was too little too late. Our defense failed to get the ball back into the hands of the offense at the end of the game for the second week in a row. There’s a whole lot to talk about with the effort the Eagles had yesterday, so let’s discuss.
Donovan McNabb – He started off kind of slow but ended up with his second highest passing performance of his career. He did get 55 chances to throw the ball but piling up 450 yards through the air is impressive no matter how you do it. To go along with the yardage, he had two touchdowns and threw an interception on the last play of the game which was just a prayer.
Jason Avant – With a career day, Avant recorded eight catches for 156 yards. He was able to get some key catches to extend drives and also had an amazing grab down the sideline. It’s nice to see him have a big day as many people forget about him because of the hype DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin get. If he can continue this production, it just adds another big threat for the Eagles offense.
Red zone offense – David Akers was forced to kick three field goals from within 25 yards. This has been an issue for a long time and was a deciding factor in the Eagles loss today. You can tell there’s no confidence in the line and running backs by the way the play calling went in short yardage situations today. However, even when the team put the ball on the ground today, they were unable to pick up the short yardage.
Play calling – This has been absolutely horrid over the past few weeks, more so than in the past. It is very frustrating, but I don’t know if we’ll ever see a ny change. There just seems to be no trust between the coordinators and the players. We know the Eagles are going to pass the ball more than they run it; however, they threw the ball on 82% of their plays on Sunday. That’s just too much.
Penalties – The Eagles had nine penalties for 70 yards. They had a lot of penalties against Dallas and had just as many this week against the Chargers. Penalties can make a big difference and in the past two weeks they have had a huge impact on the outcome of the game. I saw many players being asked why there were so many penalties after the game. You really can’t answer this question, you just have to play smarter football. The players really need to get their heads in the game.
Run game – 29 yards rushing on the day. 29 yards. That is absolutely pathetic. Down right embarrassing. This team has no threat on the ground making them completely one dimensional. They had nearly 500 yards of total offense which is great; however, 450 of these yards were threw the air. There needs to be some sort of solution for this. We can’t rely on Brian Westbrook anymore so LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver are going to need to run more like they did against the Giants.
Tight end coverage – Always a problem and the trend continued today. Antonio Gates is one of the best out there so you had to expect it, but he got open on a couple third down plays where there was some questionable coverage. They let him pick up a key third down conversion at the end of the game to keep the ball out of the Eagles hands. The Birds will face another talented tight end next week so hopefully the coverage will be better, but I’m not counting on it.
Run defense – The Chargers came into this game as the worst rushing team in the NFL and put up 119 yards on the day. That’s not outrageous, but they were averaging under 70 yards per game and LT was able to do what he wanted for the most part. Also, the defense was not able to make a stop at the end of the game when they needed to.
LeSean McCoy – He made some rookie mistakes today and had very little contribution. This was partly because he only got three carries but he had a terrible play on a third and short. McCoy needs to start hitting the hole harder instead of dancing around so much. With the status of Westbrook, McCoy is going to get his act together quick. The Eagles need to establish a run game and he’s going to have to be one of the big contributors.
What are your thoughts on the Eagles performance today?