It was one disappointing game for the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals. The team obviously didn’t execute the gameplan as well as they were hoping for because the turnovers continued to be the main problem. The Eagles took a beating from the Arizona Cardinals on both sides of the ball and their own lousy play in the red zone has raised a lot of questions about this “Dream” football team.
The Cardinals’ defense was solid against the Eagles which didn’t give Vick any breathing room all game long and even scored a touchdown to help secure the win. But the same can’t be said about the Eagles defence as they weren’t on the same page once again, which allowed WR Larry Fitzgerald to break out of his mini slump and finished with a touchdown and 9 catches for 114 yards. Larry’s big game helped make ex-Eagle and current starting Cardinals’ QB Kevin Kolb look fantastic on the field. Michael Vick on the other hand, had to withstand 21 hits and 5 sacks. That led to Vick completing only 17 of 37 pass attemts for 217 yards and 3 turnovers.
The Cardinals led 3-0 early in the first quarter, but then Eagles’ WR Damaris Johnson fumbled at the 38-yard line which gave Arizona another seven points to push the lead to 10-0. But it was a costly Vick fumble while in the red zone that might have been the nail in the coffin. Struggling to score on short yardage attempts, Vick was then forced to throw the ball but got hit by the Cardinals’ safety Kerry Rhodes. This caused the fumble that James Sanders returned for 93 yards and a touchdown on the final play of the first half and the Cardinals never looked back from there.
Although the Ealges played better after the half, they still couldn’t get the ball into the end zone. 2 FG’s in the 3rd quarter showed some pride and determinations to do better. But ultimately it was former teammate Kevin Kolb’s big day as he finished with 17/24, 222 yards and two touchdowns.
Vick once again held on to the ball for too long, but was it all his fault? The Eagles seemed to wait until the 2nd half of the game before starting to command the run game. All they had to do was hand the ball off to RB LeSean McCoy earlier in the game to alleviate some of the hits that Vick was taking. But that didn’t happen and they waited until the 3rd quarter before really trying to establish the run game. Why the waited to run the ball is a shocker, especially since the team averaged 6 yards per carry for the entire game.
After tonight’s game, I am sure the entire Eagles fan base is unsure where this team is headed from here? With so much confidence going into week 3, the Eagles are now at a crossroad where they need to take charge aggressively on what went wrong and what’s the next step will be. The Eagles were the first team in NFL history to win the first two games of the season, both by a single point. But now the green birds came crashing to earth during yesterday’s game and lets hope they are not too wounded from the crash. Will they be able to bounce back and still make to playoffs this season? We will have to wait and find out that answer once week 17 rolls around. But with the defending Super Bowl Champs New York Giants up next, it will tell us immediatly if we are playoff ready or not. I suspect the outcome won’t be changing too much and we will find the Eagles at 2-2 and in need of some big changes after this week. Just saying…