Alright, Philadelphia Eagles fans. I know it was exciting to see them win for the first time in 70 days, but let’s please temper our expectations. Immediately after the game, my social media feeds were blowing up with “Nick Foles is the savior of the franchise” and “2013 Super Bowl champions” posts. All I could think about when reading that nonsense was the Ray Didinger “reality check” sound bite. Yes, it was a nice win, but there is still a long way to go before this team is even a playoff contender.
The reality of the situation is that the Eagles beat a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that was 6-6 coming into the game. It took a game ending scoring drive to beat them. That touchdown would not have happened had a defender not dropped an interception that was thrown directly to him. The Bucs have an incredible run defense, but their pass defense is mediocre at best, ranking dead last in the NFL. The Eagles defense gave up 128 yards rushing to Doug Martin. As a team, the Eagles rushed for 29 yards, 27 of which came from quarterback Nick Foles.
Philadelphia’s rookie quarterback has been progressing nicely with each start. The team is scoring more points with him at the helm, which is imperative for them considering the inconsistent play of the defense. Foles threw for 381 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against Tampa Bay, completing 32 of his 51 pass attempts for a 98.6 QB rating. He clearly still has a lot of room to improve, but the fact that he is getting markedly better each week is promising.
As much as I wanted to be excited about this win, it was very difficult for me to do so. It’s strange for me to be so emotionally removed from an Eagles season. I guess I figured if the players on the field didn’t care (which has seemed to be the case for much of the season), why should I? Yes, it was great to see the team running and jumping around like they won the Super Bowl after Foles led them on the game winning drive. However, before I can anoint them 2013 Super Bowl champions, there are an innumerable amount of questions that must be addressed during the rest of this season and the offseason.
I will be very curious to see how this team responds during a very short week in which they play the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.