At this point in the season, it’s becoming a common theme for the Philadelphia Eagles to provide their fans with false hope during games–only leading to nothing but disappointment when it’s all said and done. On Thursday, it was a similar case for Andy Reid and company against the Cincinnati Bengals as they showed potential throughout the first two quarters before collapsing in the second half.
After leading 13-10 at halftime, the Eagles were outscored 24-0 in the second half as they fell 34-13 to the Bengals for their ninth loss in 10 games to drop to 4-10 on the season. Despite a season-high six sacks by the defense, Philadelphia had five turnovers of their own–including turnovers on three-straight possessions at one point.
There’s no question this has arguably been the most disappointing season for the Eagles during the Reid era, but what happened Thursday night in the national spotlight was absolutely embarrassing for a team that was supposed to be a Super Bowl contender. With their Week 14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it seemed like Philadelphia would carry the momentum over to Thursday against Cincinnati–which was only the case for the first half.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles are only playing for the future at this point and giving Nick Foles as much experience as possible to benefit him in 2013–assuming he does earn the starting role. And of course, there’s the bigger question that everybody is anxious to see–what will happen with Reid?
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