3. The implosion in Dallas
After toppling the Minnesota Vikings and ending their unbeaten streak to start the season, the Eagles were 4-2 heading into Dallas. Despite some sloppy play and some things that should never happen in a professional football game, wide receiver Nelson Agholor‘s illegal touching for instance (even his catches aren’t catches), the Eagles were in position to hand the Cowboys their second loss of the season.
Then, the guys in green started outsmarting themselves. There were unnecessary backwards passes that resulted in losses that took the team out of field goal position. There were bad calls, but there was one moment that took the cake. For some reason, rookie running back Wendell Smallwood, who hadn’t played one second in the game, was given the task of being the Eagles’ new workhorse back in the second half. It was his job to chew up some yardage and help the Eagles burn some clock and leave Dallas with a victory.
Instead, he fumbled on his first carry, and just like the Detroit game, the wind left the sails of the Eagles. Dallas would tie late, win the coin toss in overtime and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. No Eagles fan will soon forget watching two Eagles defenders run into each other, leaving Jason Witten wide open to secure the game-winning catch.
No Eagles fan is going to miss Witten when he’s gone.