DeSean Jackson was taken out of the game by the Kansas City Chiefs‘ defense, and the impact it had on the offense is staggering. Jackson is arguably the Philadelphia Eagles‘ most dynamic player on offense along with running mate LeSean “Shady” McCoy. In the passing game Jackson is the Eagles’ only vertical threat capable of threatening defenses deep.
When he is taken out of the game it gets ugly in the passing game, especially with the injury to Jeremy Maclin. Riley Cooper simply isn’t that guy. He is a complementary receiver at best, and he is getting exposed when going up against starting cornerbacks as opposed to reserves. Jackson is as important to this offense as McCoy if not more so because he is the only receiver defenses are forced to account for. If he ever went down with injury it would be an ugly situation.
While the Eagles have great depth at the running back position they are ultra thin at receiver. Jackson has to stay healthy for this offense to have any chance. On this day the Chiefs had a picture perfect game plan: Take Jackson out of the game by putting your best cover corner on him and roll a safety his way in coverage. Force Michael Vick and the complementary pieces on offense to beat you.
On this night that didn’t happen. Vick was highly erratic and made a few critical mistakes. The other players like Cooper and tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek were painfully quiet on the night. All of these factors led to a 16 point mistake filled performance that is one to be forgotten. The Eagles will have to let this bad taste in their mouth linger for nine days as they have a week and a half off.
They better bounce back or this could snowball in disaster for the Eagles.