Eagles Lose Must-Win Game

The scenario was simple for the Eagles. Win their final two games and they were in the playoffs. With all the hype surrounding a potential elimination showdown with Dallas next week, some seemed to forget about the game with the Redskins this week. And by “some” I mean the Eagles. The real 2008 Eagles made another appearance today and gave an uninspired effort in losing 10-3 to the ‘Skins.

The inconsistent, flat team from mid-season returned at the worst possible time. Penalties were committed, passes were dropped, the running game was abandoned and zero rhythm was established. Donovan McNabb was not sharp in completing just 26-46 for 230 yards and no touchdowns. He wasn’t helped by eight dropped passes – four by DeSean Jackson - including one that would have been a touchdown with :57 remaining in the game. Overall, it was a terrible offensive display by a team averaging 26.3 points per game.

The defense played aggressive in allowing only 249 total yards, but a botched interception attempt by Asante Samuel in the fourth quarter could have given the Birds the ball at their own forty trailing 10-3. Instead, the Redskins boomed a 50 yard punt and pinned the Eagles at their own three. Poor starting field position plagued them the entire game.

What can you say? I guess the playoff beards should be left to the guys on the ice. The Eagles are not eliminated from the playoffs, but they need a lot to happen if they are going to squeak in. The bottom line is the 2008 Eagles don’t look like a playoff team. They are too inconsistent and lack the playmakers needed to win late season games against tough opponents. They teased us for three weeks by running the ball and achieving balance on offense. But the pass-happy, dink and dunk scheme that Andy Reid loves so much doomed the Birds once again. Next up are the equally puzzling Cowboys to close out what has been a long, strange season. Which Eagles team will show up next Sunday? At this point, it doesn’t really matter.

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  • http://Bloggingdirty.com The Dirty Bird

    It is odd what an odd team this Eagles sqad is. One week they look amazing playing D scoring in bunches and looking solid and then other games they devolve into the most one deminsional squad known to man. I don’t know if it is the players as much as I think it is the coaching. Maybe Andy Reid has just lost touch with his team?

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott

    They have the talent, but lack the drive and focus. Is it Reid’s fault? Partly, but Reid isn’t the one who dropped eight passes and two near interceptions.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I’d love to come here and puff out my chest and say I knew it all along,  but really I’m as surprised as anyone.  I think the Eagles were looking past this game and didn’t take a division rival seriously which is a fatal mistake.

    Also, I suspect the cold had something to do with the dropped passes. Where is Jackson from anyway?  He sure played like he had never played in cold weather.

    Thanks to Andy Reid for reverting to his pass-wacky system.  Don’t say that next week doesn’t really matter; you have to beat the Cowboys to ruin their week like we ruined yours!  C’mon. Spread the love!

  • Bill Tsiu

    What a horrible game. We needed to bury these guys, but they didn’t show up. If you’re not going to get the job done, then you don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. Oh well, I still bleed green.
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  • Freak

    They looked flat, they dropped passes (and called too many of them), the defense couldn’t stop the Skins (not that ten points is all that much) and they were on the wrong end of field position battle.

    This team really pisses me off.