Well one week after my last article on how well Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly adjusted so well, the Eagles failed to do just that. They gave up 48 points to the Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings and made Matt Cassell look like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The entire game was painful to watch but everyones biggest question is why Philadelphia Eagles running-back LeSean McCoy was only handed the ball eight times. The fact that we gave the NFL’s leading rusher only eight carries baffles me.
If you keep up to date on Kelly press conferences you probably would have heard him over the weeks preaching adjusting to what the defense gives him. One of the Eagles’ biggest upside offensively over the last handful of weeks was their weapons at the receiver and running back positions. In return, they had a beautiful balance of rushing and passing plays which kept them dangerous. But no, not this week. Most everyone knows if you continue to pass the ball over and over….and over again, maybe the defense will catch on?
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had a fairly good game statistically, however, he had many poorly thrown balls that were just flat-out his fault. I loved the spree of Nick Foles running as it seemed to be very effective, and having the defense respecting a quarterback because of his running threat is always good. It was definitely not the Nick Foles we have been seeing for the past six weeks but he could have been worse.
The real shame here was the defensive play. Like i said earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles defense surrendered 48 points to a team that, over the course of the season, has had poor play at quarterback. Not to mention they were starting their third string running back who no one has ever heard of. Who knows why the Eagles defense suddenly looked like last years defense? Perhaps the Eagles as a whole got a tad complacent? Thats my best guess.
At the end of the day, maybe this loss was a good thing? The Birds can now take their heads out of their butts and realize every team on any given Sunday is a threat to beating them. Hopefully they prepare for the Bears like they did during their five game winning streak. God help them against the ultimate receiving tandem of Chicago Bears’ receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.