The San Diego Chargers handed the Philadelphia Eagles their first loss this season and it was a tough pill to swallow. However, it could have been a different game if the Eagles were to capitalize on opportunities throughout the ball game.
For instance, the Eagles’ kicker Alex Henery missed a 46-yard field goal in the second quarter. That kick was definitely in his range and should have been an extra three points for the Eagles. I’m not saying Henery lost the Eagles the game, but when his number is called upon he needs execute his kicks. Henery was also on the losing end of a fumble recovery that would have given the Eagles great field position late in the second half that could have been the deciding factor of the game. No matter how much I yelled at my TV while the play was going on, I don’t think anyone can blame Henery for trying. I mean how many times has Henery ever tried to recover a fumble in his lifetime?
Another play that really cost the Eagles an opportunity for a stop was DeSean Jackson’s boneheaded penalty after an Eagles’ touchdown. This penalty – by the way happened nearly 30-yards away from Michael Vick’s touchdown - resulted in the Chargers having great field position on their next drive. Chip Kelly needs to get a hold of his players to avoid these types of situations. Jackson is a talented play maker, but he needs to keep his cool so he doesn’t hurt his team.
These types plays are what the Eagles need to avoid, and the opportunity to get the ball back and put points on the board is what the Eagles need to capitalize on. The Eagles may not be the, biggest, strongest, or fastest team on the field every week, but they need to be the smartest team if they want to get back on the winning track this season.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50