The More Things Change For the Eagles, the More They Stay the Same

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Dec 20, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) catches a 78 yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cardinals won 40-17. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Consistently inconsistent

The Eagles have not put together four solid quarters of any game this year. At all.

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  • If Sam Bradford is playing well, then his receivers are not. If the receivers happen to be having a good day, then the running game is non-existent. Regardless of which way you put these things together, they have never all synched up all at the same time yet. This is why they aren’t sustaining drives and keeping the defense off of the field. So even if the offense had some of those things clicking, the defense is still getting worn out. You see the cycle? If I could put together a flow chart on this page I would, but trust me, it wouldn’t be good. Sure, the Eagles have had good games this season, but if you pick out one of those games and think about it, can you honestly say that they were solid the whole 60 minutes?  Me neither.

    Maybe I am being too pessimistic. Bradford has gotten better each week, and Jordan Matthews stepped-up big time against the Cardinals. The run-game has been fairly steady, and despite numerous injuries the defense has still played at a top level. When they’re not tired out. But the Eagles were billed as something more 14 weeks ago. Is it wrong to expect that? To some extent, yes, but there were reasons why the opinion of the Eagles was so high at the start of the season. They were supposed to be “great;” this high-flying, quick paced offense that could run the score up, and keep opponents at bay with their defense. Now we are just hoping them to be “better than average” each week.