The Eagles played awful on offense today. Nick Foles was the primary culprit, but he was hardly alone. There were missed blocks, dropped passes and mistakes all around. It was just one of those days.
The focus now shifts to the health of Foles and Mike Vick. Foles left the game with a head injury. We’ll find out if it was an official concussion. That might rule him out for next week. Vick wasn’t ready to play this week. We’ll have to see if he gets better in the next few days.
Does the poor performance mean that Foles has been exposed? No. Just like last week didn’t make him a franchise QB. One game is one game. You need a pattern of games to come up with an accurate evaluation. I’d love to see Foles back on the field next week so that we can see how he responds to this performance. Another bad game would be a bad sign for his future.
Matt Barkley took over when Foles left. He threw 3 picks, but the Eagles were in comeback mode at that point and throwing the ball almost every down. The picks were still bad, but you do have to keep them in context. Barkley couldn’t afford to be a game manager and play it safe. He had to force the ball and try to make something happen. Barkley was 11-20-129 while Foles was 11-29-80. Finishing with 80 yards on 29 attempts is truly awful.
I’ll get more into Barkley later. I do think focusing on just the picks is a bad way to look at his performance. You need context.
The defense played pretty well. They only gave up 17 points and they made Dallas earn their yards. I thought Bill Davis had a good gameplan. He challenged the players by being more aggressive with blitzes and taking more chances in coverage. I was happy to see that.
I’m not overly upset about this game. Normally losing to Dallas sends me over the edge, but this game never had a good flow to it. The game felt very discombobulated and I never got into it the way I do a normal Eagles game. The only time when I really went nuts is when DeMeco picked off the pass and started downfield.
I am sick of losing home games. I really can’t wait for this losing streak to end. Better happen next frickin’ Sunday.