That was uglier than I expected. I thought the Eagles would score in the 20′s and the final might be 35-27 or something like that.
Not even close.
Denver scored at will on offense. They added a pair of STs touchdowns. And their defense had a pretty good showing.
Lots of blame to go around for this. The roster isn’t talented enough. The schemes weren’t good in this game. And the players did a poor job of executing. But other than that…
Some fans are really angry and really down. I don’t understand why. Denver is the best team in the NFL right now. And the Eagles are a work in progress. I know that getting whipped is never fun to watch, but I’ve said all along that you must keep your expectations in check with this Eagles team.
The 1-3 Eagles have lost to the 2-2 Chargers, 4-0 Chiefs and 4-0 Broncos. Upcoming games against bad Giants and Bucs teams will give us a better idea of who/what the Eagles really are. If the Eagles are 1-5…we’ll know this is another very bad team. I don’t anticipate that happening, but I can’t say that with great conviction.
Right now the Eagles are making too many mistakes. A drop by Brent Celek kills a drive. A holding call on Evan Mathis kills a drive. Najee Goode gets out of his coverage lane on a kickoff and Holliday goes for a TD. There were any number of blown coverages and missed tackles on defense. A flawed team like the Eagles can’t win games like this.
It is going to take time for Chip Kelly to get this team turned around. You have to be patient. Ray Rhodes started 1-3. Andy Reid started 0-4.
Bill Davis and the defense will get ripped to shreds, but I’m just as bothered by the starters only scoring 13 points. I figured this game would be a shootout or something close to that. The 13 points did come in the 1st half. The 3rd quarter produced 13 plays, but no points. That is simply not acceptable for a group that has plenty of good talent.
And STs…I have no idea what is up with that group. They were great all summer. They were great for 2 weeks. The last 2 games they have been awful. This team cannot compete with top teams if the kicking game is giving points away. Ol Crazy Eyes needs to work his magic and get that bunch turned around in a hurry.
I’ll write some more later tonight.
Go enjoy the series finale for Breaking Bad. Or the premiere of Homeland. Or go chug 12 PBRs. Try to let go of this game for a few minutes.
The one bit of good news…