Well, if Juqua Parker’s absolutely inexplicable encroachment penalty late in the fourth quarter of today’s loss in Buffalo doesn’t perfectly encapsulate the fiasco that has been the first five games of the Eagles’ season, I don’t know what does.
Actually, maybe it was Jason Avant’s bobbled catch that turned into another turnover that, for the Eagles, yet again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
What. A. Mess.
If you are a hardcore Philadelphia sports fan and haven’t killed yourself after this weekend, good for you.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: terrible penalties, poor coaching, an inability to stop the run, and, wait for it, critical turnovers doomed the Eagles in what was their fourth-consecutive loss.
Five turnovers wiped away the 489 net yards of offense produced by the Eagles, a unit that gained 174 yards rushing and 315 yards through the air. It’s simply amazing that a team can throw for 300-plus yards, while gaining 9.1 yards per rush, and still lose. That’s impressive.
It appeared, after spotting Buffalo a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter, that Michael Vick was in the midst of authoring another unforgettable comeback, but the Eagles still couldn’t get out of their own way in critical moments.
The Avant fumble. The backbreaking interception late in the fourth quarter. Juqua Parker’s unforgivable encroachment penalty. Take your pick. Each play significantly harmed the Eagles’ chances of escaping Buffalo with a season-saving win.
Then again, had the Eagles not allowed the Bills to absolutely steamroll them on the ground and pick them apart through the air, and had they not turned the football over like they flew out to Vegas earlier this week and took out a mortgage on the Bills, they wouldn’t have had to mount their failed furious comeback. But such is football life in Philadelphia these days.
This team is too undisciplined, too flawed, and too poorly coached to put together four consistent quarters of quality football.
In the end, huge statistical days by Vick, Avant, and LeSean McCoy, and Desean Jackson weren’t enough to overcome their team’s inherent flaw of losing concentration at the game’s most critical junctures.
In the end, it wasn’t enough to overcome the 196 total yards of offense tallied by Fred Jackson.
In the end, it wasn’t enough to save a season that simply cannot be saved.
What a remarkable turn of events for a team that only 35 days ago appeared bound for greatness. Instead, it took only 35 days for this team to die.
The question is—who is going to pay the price for this mess?