Wow. It’s the morning after but it doesn’t hurt any less. A team that was once so hot failed to put up a single point and failed to do so when it needed it most. The Eagles were disappointing on both ends of the ball. Defensively, they got manhandled early and seemed to just be flat the rest of the game. They gave up big chunks of yardage and let the Dallas offense do as it pleased. Offensively, they put a goose egg on the board. That says enough. Let’s take a look at some other aspects of yesterday’s game.
Donovan McNabb – Anytime a team loses, the blame automatically gets thrown back in the face of the head coach and quarterback. Donovan told us in his press conference that he took full responsibility. He looked nothing like the quarterback we’ve seen the past couple of weeks. In the first half, he missed a sure fire touchdown to DeSean Jackson and had a poor throw to Jeremy Maclin that would have resulted in a big play (you can argue that it was Maclin’s fault, but I put this one on Donovan). This was a game where Donovan needed to take the reigns and lead his offense but truly failed to do so. He really has to play a completely different game next week.
Run game – I think a big part of the Eagles success before this week was due to the effectiveness of the run game as well as the fact that it was balanced very well with the aerial attack. The Eagles only ran the ball 10 times against the Cowboys and could only muster 37 yards. That’s pathetic. It looked much like the “old Eagles.” We didn’t see Michael Vick who may have helped in the run game but the play calls weren’t there either. This may have come due to the shifting in the line this week but the Eagles really showed no desire to commit any effort to running the ball.
Defensive pressure – For a defense that is usually known for it’s nasty blitzes, we sure didn’t see much of that yesterday. Tony Romo collapses when teams get a lot of pressure on him but the Eagles really failed to do so. Romo was able to sit back and throw the ball wherever he wanted and went over 300 yards on the day. If the Eagles want to have more success next week they’ve got to get to Romo more often.
Poor tacking – This has been a big problem down the stretch and continued into this week. The Eagles defense tackled very poorly and this is a large part of the reason the Cowboys offense was so successful. Our poor tackling allowed normal plays to be converted into big plays where the Cowboys were able to gain large chunks of yardage.
Run defense – After only allowing one running back to run for over 100 yards this season, the Eagles allowed two Cowboys running backs to get within 10 yards of hitting the century mark. They gave up way too much on the ground and let Marion Barber and Felix Jones do as they pleased.
Secondary – You expect the Eagles to get slashed by the tight end every week but they let Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton do just as much damage this week. After holding Austin to one catch in the first meeting, he recorded seven catches this time around and seem to be able to get open whenever they needed. The secondary made Tony Romo look like a Hall of Fame’r.
What positives and negatives did you see?