Bye, bye NFC East title. See ya #2 seed. Sayonara off week. Some fans foolishly seemed to believe it was a foregone conclusion that the Eagles would dispose of the Cowboys. Uh… didn’t happen.
Power will beat finesse almost every time and that was certainly the case today. Another flat start by pretty much everyone wearing wings translated to a good ol’ fashioned ass kicking. Kinda like the one the Birds delivered last year during week 17. As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold… ice cold.
The offense misfired constantly all afternoon. Donovan was inaccurate, again. The receivers dropped passes, again. The offensive line committed penalties and communicated poorly, again. The running game all but disappeared, again. Insert a tape of any of the Eagles losses this season and you’ll see the same things.
The defense had no answer for Romo or the ‘Boys rush attack. When McDermott hung back in a zone, Romo found holes and picked them apart. When he chose to dial up pressure, it failed to get through and Romo hit his hot reads. Marion Barber and Felix Jones ran basically untouched most of the game. Guys were out of position and a plethora of tackles were missed. In the battle of redheaded assistants, Jason Garret took McDermott to the woodshed.
So, what to make of this total team collapse? Personally, I just don’t think the Eagles matchup with Dallas. Reid and Co. have another week to find some answers, because these two will strap ‘em up in Big D again next week in the Wildcard round. At this point, I’m not very confident things will go any differently.
The Cowboys have shut down the Birds and Saints and limited a potent Chargers assault all in the last month. Unless gang green finds some new players, or starts reading tea leaves, it could be one and done for the ’09 postseason.
Dallas is playing with fire and confidence. If not for some dumb infractions and one wacky interception, it was a near perfect performance for the home team. Obviously, the Eagles have loads of work to do in the next few days. All they can do is forget about what coulda been and concentrate on assembling a game plan that doesn’t involve getting beat down for a second consecutive week.
Better wish them luck. They are gonna need it.