Here are three of about 20 immediate takeaways as the Philadelphia Eagles blow a golden opportunity in Arlington versus the Dallas Cowboys.
The Philadelphia Eagles ran out of the tunnel, won the coin toss, and decided to take the ball (just like head coach Doug Pederson said they would if they did). That was the extent of the good news in the first half. Philly dug themselves a 27-7 hole and never really got anything going consistently in the second. Week 7 ends with a 37-10 drubbing in Arlington versus the hated Dallas Cowboys.
Heck, you saw the game. You probably even drew some conclusions of your own. Here are three more to add to your notepad.
1. There’s no trade that will help this team.
Jalen Ramsey wasn’t going to be enough to vault this team into playoff contention. Neither was Jadeveon Clowney. There are no quick fixes for this team. At this point, the best option is holding on to every draft pick that they have and hoping the guys they select work out.
2. Wow. This team got really old really fast.
This is why you hold on to those draft choices. Philly’s done a good job of locking up the guys that have performed for this team. Outside of this season, key acquisitions at important positions have worked out. There’s just one issue. Holding on to the veterans and bringing back familiar faces seems to have aged this team quickly.
They look old. They look tired. Philly needs a youth movement, and they need it now.
3. What if they do make the playoffs? Then what?
Okay, just suppose this team wins the NFC East. Honestly, at this point, it appears that a 9-7 or 8-8 record will do that. What happens then? Do you really think this team is going on a run? They can’t protect Carson Wentz. They can’t cover anyone, and it this point, it appears the only quarterback they have any chance at stopping is Mitch Trubisky.
Then again, with that Chicago Bears defense and with the way Philly’s been playing on defense, they figure to lose that one too.
It’s going to be a long season if things don’t improve. Then again, how do they do that? It appears that they’re running out of options.