Many people probably put this game down as a loss when they tried to predict the Eagles schedule in the beginning of the year. What they probably didn’t predict is that they’d enter that game with a record of 4-6.
It’s been a very rough season and yesterday was a very rough game. Here are some random thoughts and observations I have on the Eagles most recent loss.
Solid start, right? I was very weary going into this game, but this after the Eagles took a quick 10-0 lead, I thought they might be on to something. It kind of reminded me of the early lead they put on Indy last year, another game I was weary of before kickoff. However, the end results were quite different.
From the start, it was pretty evident what the Eagles offensive game plan was. They wanted to throw the ball on a depleted Patriots secondary. I understand that they wanted to expose this area, but how do you abandon the run so easily? The Eagles entered the game with the league’s leading rusher after ten weeks.
LeSean McCoy has been absolutely dominant this season, and the Eagles have thrived in the games where he gets a solid number of rushes. The Patriots were doing a good job shutting him down when he did touch the ball, but Shady seems to always get better as the game goes on. It’s impossible to shut him down for four quarters.
So what do the Eagles do? They give him 10 carries. Mind numbing stuff.
Staying on the offensive side of the ball, DeSean Jackson. Wow. Has he outplayed his contract? Absolutely. He’s done amazing things for this team. However, he hasn’t done it the most when he has needed to. When is that? The final season of your contract.
He had some awful drops, including two possible touchdown balls. He seemed to have little desire to help block down the field. He played so poorly that he was benched. If you told me Jackson got benched I’d automatically assume it was because of some bonehead move he made after the play. I’d never believe he’d be benched because he played so poorly.
Nnamdi Asomugha was a game-time decision for the Eagles. When they announced he was going to play, I was happy. However, am I the only one who almost wishes he didn’t? The secondary was lost all day and I don’t think him coming in and out of the game was helpful. He clearly wasn’t at full strength either. Toughness is a good thing but not if your toughness is detrimental to the team.
What’s the deal with Nate Allen? Remember how much promise he showed us at the beginning of last season? Clearly, times have changed. Can some of it be blamed on injury? Possibly, but he had an absolutely horrific game. He couldn’t tackle and he was often out of position in coverage. I want the old Allen back.
Mike Patterson’s sack was pretty sweet, but how does that only get to Tom Brady? He’s not mobile at all and the defensive line has been one of the few positives on the Eagles defense this season.
Speaking of Brady, he was absolutely dominant yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I hate his guts. However, you can’t argue that he wasn’t on-point yesterday.
There’s a saying “take what the defense gives you” and that’s exactly what he did against the Eagles. The middle of the field was open pretty much all day and he took advantage of that. He had the opportunity to hit wide open receivers on multiple occasions and did so every time. When the middle was clear, he tucked the ball down and ran for first downs. This isn’t what he’s known for at all but he took everything he was given.
Outside of the first seven minutes or so in the first quarter, this game was pretty hard to stomach. I knew they would have a tough time against the Patriots, but I didn’t expect that kind of performance. Throw in coaches fighting one another on the sideline, and you have yourself quite the ugly game.
Some serious evaluating needs to be done in the Eagles remaining games.