During another eventful weekend for the Philadelphia Eagles, they got a much-needed victory to keep pace in the NFC East. Their division crown and playoff hopes are still very much alive with just four weeks remaining in the season. The Eagles have already attained so much in comparison to the expectations from the majority of analysts entering the year, but they’re far from done.
In order to continue to achieve greatness and contend, Philadelphia needs to stop taking silly penalties and make the game easier on themselves. In Sunday’s game, the Eagles committed two bad penalties which brought back runs that would have solidified their hold on the game and really put things out of reach.
DeSean Jackson made one of his signature punt returns for a touchdown only to have it called back for a holding penalty. The points would have added to an already lopsided scoreline at that point and would have taken much of the emotion out of the game. Instead, the play was called back and the score remained in reach, putting unnecessary pressure on the defense and keeping the game in the balance.
In addition, LeSean McCoy broke off what would have been his longest run of the day, gaining a first down and moving the Eagles into Arizona Cardinals‘ territory only to have it called back for an illegal block. The gain would have put the Eagles deep in Arizona’s end with a chance to burn more clock and take the air out of the game. Instead, the play was called back, the Eagles were unable to gain a first down, and the Cardinals got the ball back.
The Eagles have done wonders during the 2013 season, but making things easier on themselves during this stretch run will not only help to solidify their chances of making the playoffs but assist in taking some of the pressure off in allowing the big plays to take their toll on the opponent, whoever it may be.