Giants 28, Eagles 23.
The Eagles fall to 4-4 and 0-3 in the division. What a tough, frustrating loss. Just like the one in Dallas. And the one in Washington. And the one in Detroit. All close games where the Eagles did some good things, but made too many mistakes and lost. You cannot make crucial mistakes in close games or you will pay the price in the loss column.
This is a really frustrating Eagles team right now. They are too good and too talented to be considered a bad team. Go watch the Jags or the Jets. Go watch the Bears or the Bucs. Those are bad teams. The Eagles are beyond that.
Unfortunately this team is not good or talented enough to be considered a good team right now. They are in no man’s land…mediocrity.
Here is the situation as simple as you can make it. The Eagles could be a winning team with the talent already in place. The problem is that the team needs to play smart, efficient football. We’ve all seen a group that overachieves. They do all the little things right. If the Eagles played like that with this roster, they would likely be 6-2 or better.
The Eagles could be a winning team with the current erratic playing style if they had more dynamic playmakers. Dynamic players can overcome mistakes by making big plays. Look at Seattle. They always have a lot of penalties. They struggle to protect Russell Wilson. But that team makes huge plays and overcomes the kind of mistakes that are killing the Eagles right now.
Instead we have a solid group of players that makes costly mistakes and just isn’t good enough to overcome them.
The talent level isn’t going to change this season. For this team to start winning games again, the Eagles must eliminate mistakes and play smart football. Can they do it? Sure. Will they do it? I have no idea. I don’t have a good feel for this team right now. There are so many new faces and young players that it is hard to know what to make of this group.
I know a lot of you will be furious and on the “Fire him!” and “Cut him!” bandwagon. I get the anger, but once you move past the immediate emotions and look at the big picture you’ll see that drastic action would be dumb.
The Eagles led Dallas 20-13 at the end of the 3rd quarter last week. Take out the 1st quarter today and the Eagles outscored the Giants 20-14. For 3 quarters in each of the last 2 games, the Eagles were good enough to have the lead and somewhat control the game. The problem is that in each of those games the opposing team had a big quarter that was enough to give them the win.
I’m not trying to tell you to love this team. I’m frustrated as heck. But some people will overreact and talk about the Eagles as if this is an awful team that is devoid of talent and has no hope. That’s just not the case. This team is good enough to be close, but they are not making the clutch plays that it takes to win games.
The Eagles are 4-4.