It would have been productive for the Philadelphia Eagles to, at the very least, have a chance to win against the NFL’s best team. However, with second string quarterbacks playing the majority of the fourth quarter, it was over with plenty of time left on the clock. The Denver Broncos rolled against the Eagles, although the scoreboard didn’t quite do the performance justice until the second half.
The Eagles were able to stick around for much of the first half, keeping the score line close, but always being one step behind the great Peyton Manning. Manning simply used his aerial arsenal to take advantage of a Philadelphia defense that held strong at times, but bent too much in the end to keep the game close. Without the experience and ability to take away all the weapons Manning has at his disposal, the Eagles’ defense just couldn’t keep up, although they did display a fair showing.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles needed to be prepared for a shootout, and they just never got the engine going to really challenge Denver. It was definitely the offense today that didn’t support the defense, which was much overmatched by the best in the league. Although they avoided turnovers, Michael Vick and the offense were held at bay by a mediocre Broncos defense that was able to stop the Eagles often enough to allow the Denver offense to continue extending the lead, until things were out of hand.
It’s back to the drawing board for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia offense, after high expectations fell by the waste side and they were left with yet another loss. The defense gained some valuable and necessary experience against the best the league has to offer, and they should benefit later in the season from this game.
Philadelphia falls now to 1-3 on the season approaching an inter-division rival with the last place New York Giants. Playing against the other Manning, the Eagles should be able to find a bit more success against the younger brother than they did against Peyton in Denver, and build some momentum as the schedule gets a bit more manageable.