Before the loss to the Vikings, everyone was talking about how the Eagles were getting hot at the right time. They were on a five game win streak and everything seemed to be clicking. With three games left before the postseason, they came out flat and dropped an embarrassing game to the weakest team left on their schedule.
We know Eagles fans live in the present. They don’t care what you’ve done in the past, it’s all about the here and now. With that in mind, there’s now a lot of question about just how good this team really is. A lot of these are meaningful questions. Why did LeSean McCoy only get eight carries? How far can the defense lead the Eagles with that secondary? How can the Eagles beat a playoff team if they can’t beat the Vikings without Adrian Peterson?
I don’t know the answers to any of those questions. What I can say is that they fell into a classic trap game situation and left Minnesota with an embarrassing loss. Do I think they should have lost? Absolutely not. Do I still think they’re a better team than the Vikings? Yep. Do I think this loss derails their season? Not at all.
Let’s not even take Tony Romo’s epic performance into consideration with that final question. Even with Dallas dropping a game they should have won to Green Bay, the Eagles mission has not changed. That mission is simple: win two more football games. The Dallas loss doesn’t mean they have to win two more games, but I don’t think anyone is going to argue with me that winning both games shouldn’t be their focus.
This Eagles team under Chip Kelly has a different demeanor this season. You can’t argue this. He has a completely different mentality than Andy Reid (although it looked like Big Red was calling the plays on Sunday). Although they didn’t get off to the greatest start in the world, Kelly made his adjustments and took the talent he had and made it successful. When the season started, did you think Nick Foles would be on the cover of Sports Illustrated because of a season that has convinced some people he should be a legitimate MVP candidate? If you did, you must be some type of prophet. Hit me up with some lottery numbers.
I think the Eagles bought into Kelly’s system from day one, but lately they’ve seen the type of results it can generate. The offense has shown that it can produce with just about anyone in the league when executed properly and the defense has stepped up to a level that most people didn’t think they could given the personnel.
Did I want to see the Eagles drop that game to the Vikings? Absolutely not. I’m still upset about it. However, that team was riding on top of the world coming out of the Lions game, and I think this can serve as a nice reality check. The Eagles aren’t invincible and this loss should really focus the mentality in the locker room as they close out the season.
Anything can happen on any given Sunday and the Eagles are going to need to take the right approach and put in hard work if they want to make it to the playoffs. They control their own destiny. There are two opponents left that both will be working hard to make their playoff push.
It’s time to evaluate their mistakes from Sunday and not make them again. Players harp on getting better every week. Everyone on the roster and coaching staff needs to take that mentality to heart and apply it.
They’re in the drivers seat right now. It’s time to shut up and drive.