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.