The Eagles entered Sunday’s game coming off a bye and a bad taste in their mouth after letting a game slip out of their fingertips the previous week. You knew the Eagles were going to be geared up for this one, but I don’t think we expected such a fast start. The Eagles quickly jumped to a 7-0 lead over the Colts, and were in position to send the Colts packing when Asante Samuel intercepted Peyton Manning on the Colts first offensive possession.
After the turnover, the Eagles were in the red zone but were unable to punch the ball into the end zone, eventually leading to a field goal. This was all fine and dandy but this became a frustrating theme Sunday afternoon. After the first quarter the Eagles were up 13-0, but something felt uneasy about this lead. Maybe it was because #18 was on the opposite side of the field or maybe it was because the Eagles have shown a tendency to allow teams to stick around. Sure enough, the Colts came back with a strong second quarter and went into the half leading 17-16.
This Eagles team is a young group with exceptional talent, but they do not have a killer instinct mentality. Instead of blowing this game wide open, the Eagles allowed the Colts to hang around, and it almost burned them for another devastating loss. The Eagles were able to hold onto the victory, but there has been a problem with closing out games this season.
In Week 2, the Eagles held a commanding lead against the Lions, 35-17 with 6:17 to play in the fourth, when they allowed the Lions to reel off 15 unanswered points. Luckily they were able to hang on to the victory, but this was just the start of what has become a disturbing problem.
Again in Week 5, the Eagles held a two-touchdown lead in the fourth, before allowing the 49ers to come within one possession of winning the game. If it wasn’t bad enough it became that much worse when the Eagles allowed the Titans to come back in a game they had no business winning. If you continue to allow teams to stick around you will eventually get burned and that what happened against the Titans. What makes this situation so frustrating is that these three games were against no-named QBs – Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, and 75-year old Kerry Collins.
Listen, I give the Eagles a ton of credit for winning this game, but if this team wants to truly make a run they better learn how to step on the throat of the opponent.