DeSean Jackson struggled mightily on a day where the Philadelphia Eagles needed him to shine. It never happened. Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr made it his personal mission to take Jackson out of the game and he succeeded.
Jackson was held to three catches for 21 yards. One came on a 16-yard gain. Essentially, he had two other grabs for five yards. Yikes. Jackson looked primed for a huge game against the 30th-ranked Cowboys passing defense, but it just inexplicably never happened.
Nothing got going for the Eagles offense in their futile attempts to move the ball down the field. Jackson was blanketed, LeSean McCoy for the most part was taken out of the game, and as has been the pattern for most of the season, the secondary weapons of the Eagles were rendered useless.
Riley Cooper got some garbage yards and ended up with okay statistics, but for the most part he, Jason Avant and the tight ends failed to make any sort of impact on the game. Part of this has to be attributed to Nick Foles. He was missing open targets and was the most inaccurate I have ever seen him.
He was simply horrible. Barring an injury, I really can’t understand this performance. This was new territory for head coach Chip Kelly. It was the first time a team of his was held scoreless at the half and had to be one of the first times that his offense only managed a field goal in 60 minutes.
For an offensive guru like Kelly, this performance had to be sickening. Nothing worked on the night. The Eagles have to move on now and go back to Michael Vick after a woeful showing by the young Foles. After that, who knows. One thing became clear after Sunday: the Eagles’ quarterback of the future is not yet on the roster.