Philadelphia Eagles Catch Cold At Lambeau


Nov 16, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback

Mark Sanchez

(3) reacts after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Catch Cold At Lambeau

On a Sunday afternoon where everything had to go right, nothing did. On a team that had won games by players on the entire roster stepping up, nobody did. On a team that had just forced five turnovers and committed none, they turned the ball over four times. To a team that entered the frozen tundra of Lambeau field as hot as a team could be, the Philadelphia Eagles turned ice cold.

There was too much to win for, to hope for, and to play for to watch this happen.  But as has been the case for so many teams this year, and certainly has been for Philadelphia in our history, a game which gave an opportunity to find out how good we were turned into finding out how much further we have to go.

It’s okay.  We still have plenty of time before the playoffs.

But now the season takes on an entirely new twist.  “That game” that always seems to happen, where the Eagles fail to show up to a non-contender, cannot happen now.  That’s right.  The NFC is just too good.  If the Eagles play to 10-6, they may be the team that fails to make the playoffs.  Just imagine.

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Suddenly, the Eagles are trailing every non-NFC East team in playoff calculations.  They have lost to the Arizona Cardinals, San  Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.   It’s not the NFL’s concern that they were all road games.   It’s not the NFL’s concern that likely only Philadelphia or Dallas will get to post season as a division winner, because Detroit, Green Bay, San Francisco, and Seattle all got hot at the end and we failed to do so.

Still, if the offense turned the ball over, but the special teams still played well.  Or if the defense played a good game, but the offense failed to score.  If it were just one aspect of the game, it could be fixed.  This wasn’t.  This was a beat down.  The Eagles simply never came to play in a game that meant a great deal in not just a loss but how they might lose.  If they scrapped, if they surprised, if they protected the ball.

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  • I had hoped that a team might read how good they were going into Sunday’s game and believe it was true.   I had no idea that it did happen, only it was not the Green Bay Packers but the Philadelphia Eagles who were full of themselves going into Sunday’s game.  On a Sunday where the team could catch fire and burn that flame all the way into post season, the Philadelphia Eagles catch cold at Lambeau.

    The Eagles are not a good road team this year.   That’s exactly where they will be on Thanksgiving Day.

    I hope they find some matches before then.