Well, Philadelphia Eagles, you fooled us all.
Following a disgraceful 8-game losing streak, the Eagles looked to be turning a new page last Sunday when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an impressive comeback effort.
Eagles QB Nick Foles looked like an ol’ vet out on the gridiron, slinging the ball all over the Bucs’ defense for 381 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Heck, Foles even ran one in for for a score on the day.
But on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals under the watchful-eye of prime-time football, Foles and the Eagles proved to the nation that they are still a miserable football team. After leading 13-10 at halftime, the Eagles completely imploded as they failed to score a single point in the second half, losing 34-13.
Say what you will about the Eagles’ under-achieving and over-paid defense, but if your team’s offense coughs up the ball play after play after play, there is no hope for success.
A plethora of Eagles joined the 5-turnover-party on Thursday night as RB Bryce Brown, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Clay Harbor and DT Cedric Thornton all lost fumbles. Yes, even a defensive tackle joined the parade, losing control of a short kickoff return. Foles joined in with one interception.
Brown has really left Eagles’ fans scratching their heads as he put together another awful game against the Bengals with 34 yards rushing on 16 carries. Brown had originally showed great promise is his first two starts.
Brown continues to hurt his team by trying to bounce every carry to the outside, which we all know is ill-advised in the NFL due to the incredible speed of professional defenses.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton didn’t need to do much Thursday night, as the Eagles’ case of the butter-fingers helped him and his crew with field position all game long. Dalton completed just 13 of 27 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Now at 8-6, the Bengals are still very much in the playoff-hunt.
The Eagles truly have nothing to look forward to but the end of this horrid season. There are not even really many positive notes to reflect on, as even their young talent has proved to be inconsistent and under-prepared for this level of competition.
Changes are on the horizon in Philly, you can be sure of that. Eagles’ fans just have to hope these changes actually translate to wins when the 2013 season rolls around.
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