Rough Day in the Land of Purple

Posted: October 13th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 4 Comments »

The Eagles played great on Sunday, for about a third of the game. Unfortunately, that wasn’t anywhere close to being good enough.

The Vikings got up 24-3 to take control of the game. The Eagles came storming back, scoring 17 unanswered points. That got the game to 24-20. The Vikings then scored the last 14 points and won going away.

There are plenty of issues to discuss, but none bigger than the Eagles secondary. Stefon Diggs was 7-167-3 and Adam Thielen was 6-57-1. There were some impressive catches, but for the most part, they had it easy. Too easy.

We know the Eagles DBs aren’t elite talents, but the problems were compounded due to confusion and discipline. Rasul Douglas was burned for a pair of long TDs. On one, it looked like the Eagles were in quarters coverage and the Vikings had a great call. Rodney McLeod took a crosser, leaving Douglas alone with Diggs. If McLeod doesn’t do that, the crosser is wide open. You wish Douglas had better long speed so he could make up ground on that play and at least prevent the TD.

There was another long ball TD. Douglas acted like he expected deep help, but there was only one DB behind him. I don’t know who was at fault there. We are in Week 6. This defense shouldn’t be having those kind of issues.

Douglas was called for holding twice and both times he was guilty of grabbing jersey with his hand and tugging so blatantly that Stevie Wonder could have seen it. Those can be back-breaking penalties.

Sidney Jones started across from  him and struggled big time. He was replaced at one point by Craig James.

The Eagles aren’t going to face many teams that can run the ball as well as the Vikings and have a pair of dynamic receivers. But any team like that will give the Eagles fits. The secondary just can’t cover well consistently right now. Will the return of Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills be enough?

The Eagles offense had their share of issues as well, but they put up 20 points and 400 yards on a Top 5 defense. Carson Wentz was brilliant for part of the game. He made some great throws. He finished with 306 yards and a pair of TDs. RB Miles Sanders was 3-86-1 as a receiver. He’s becoming a real weapon in the passing game.

Doug Pederson made a controversial decision late in the half. The Eagles were down 24-10. They had picked off Kirk Cousins and got the ball down inside the Red Zone. They lined up to kick a FG on fourth down, but Pederson called for a fake. Jake Elliott was looking for Dallas Goedert, but the Vikings had him covered and picked off the pass.

I did not like this one bit. If you hit the FG, you’re down 24-13 and you get the ball after halftime. You have momentum. You start to feel good about yourself. Instead, the Eagles got nothing. Vikings fans went nuts and the players went into the break pumped up.

Some argue that Pederson was smart to go for it, arguing that the defense was struggling and the team needed seven points. I get that, but I just don’t like the odds on a trick play like that. You’re asking Elliott to come up big in a critical situation. If Pederson really wanted the TD, just leave the offense out there and go for it.

In the end, the fake FG didn’t affect the outcome.

This was a tough loss. The Eagles have two more road games in a row and tough opponents for the next month. The coaches and DBs need to figure some things out. DeSean Jackson needs to get healthy to help out the offense.

The Eagles are 3-3. If the Jets (up 14-3) actually upset Dallas, the Eagles will still be tied for the division lead. This is far from the end of the world. But it sure was a tough, frustrating day.

There is a lot to improve for this team to start playing good football.

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4 Comments on “Rough Day in the Land of Purple”

  1. 1 The Linc - Eagles kinda have some problems at cornerback and wide receiver - Philly's Top Five said at 9:30 AM on October 14th, 2019:

    […] Rough Day in the Land of Purple – Iggles BlitzThere are plenty of issues to discuss, but none bigger than the Eagles secondary. Stefon Diggs was 7-167-3 and Adam Thielen was 6-57-1. There were some impressive catches, but for the most part, they had it easy. Too easy. We know the Eagles DBs aren’t elite talents, but the problems were compounded due to confusion and discipline. Rasul Douglas was burned for a pair of long TDs. On one, it looked like the Eagles were in quarters coverage and the Vikings had a great call. Rodney McLeod took a crosser, leaving Douglas alone with Diggs. If McLeod doesn’t do that, the crosser is wide open. You wish Douglas had better long speed so he could make up ground on that play and at least prevent the TD. There was another long ball TD. Douglas acted like he expected deep help, but there was only one DB behind him. I don’t know who was at fault there. We are in Week 6. This defense shouldn’t be having those kind of issues. […]

  2. 2 Eagles News: Philadelphia kinda has some problems at cornerback and wide receiver – Bleeding Green Nation – News said at 10:37 AM on October 14th, 2019:

    […] Rough Day in the Land of Purple – Iggles BlitzThere are plenty of issues to discuss, but none bigger than the Eagles secondary. Stefon Diggs was 7-167-3 and Adam Thielen was 6-57-1. There were some impressive catches, but for the most part, they had it easy. Too easy. We know the Eagles DBs aren’t elite talents, but the problems were compounded due to confusion and discipline. Rasul Douglas was burned for a pair of long TDs. On one, it looked like the Eagles were in quarters coverage and the Vikings had a great call. Rodney McLeod took a crosser, leaving Douglas alone with Diggs. If McLeod doesn’t do that, the crosser is wide open. You wish Douglas had better long speed so he could make up ground on that play and at least prevent the TD. There was another long ball TD. Douglas acted like he expected deep help, but there was only one DB behind him. I don’t know who was at fault there. We are in Week 6. This defense shouldn’t be having those kind of issues. […]

  3. 3 Eagles News: Philadelphia kinda has some problems at cornerback and wide receiver – Bleeding Green Nation | ViralWoo said at 11:03 AM on October 14th, 2019:

    […] Rough Day in the Land of Purple – Iggles BlitzThere are plenty of issues to discuss, but none bigger than the Eagles secondary. Stefon Diggs was 7-167-3 and Adam Thielen was 6-57-1. There were some impressive catches, but for the most part, they had it easy. Too easy. We know the Eagles DBs aren’t elite talents, but the problems were compounded due to confusion and discipline. Rasul Douglas was burned for a pair of long TDs. On one, it looked like the Eagles were in quarters coverage and the Vikings had a great call. Rodney McLeod took a crosser, leaving Douglas alone with Diggs. If McLeod doesn’t do that, the crosser is wide open. You wish Douglas had better long speed so he could make up ground on that play and at least prevent the TD. There was another long ball TD. Douglas acted like he expected deep help, but there was only one DB behind him. I don’t know who was at fault there. We are in Week 6. This defense shouldn’t be having those kind of issues. […]

  4. 4 Eagles News: Philadelphia kinda has some problems at cornerback and wide receiver – Bleeding Green Nation – VIP Sports said at 3:21 PM on October 14th, 2019:

    […] Rough Day in the Land of Purple – Iggles BlitzThere are plenty of issues to discuss, but none bigger than the Eagles secondary. Stefon Diggs was 7-167-3 and Adam Thielen was 6-57-1. There were some impressive catches, but for the most part, they had it easy. Too easy. We know the Eagles DBs aren’t elite talents, but the problems were compounded due to confusion and discipline. Rasul Douglas was burned for a pair of long TDs. On one, it looked like the Eagles were in quarters coverage and the Vikings had a great call. Rodney McLeod took a crosser, leaving Douglas alone with Diggs. If McLeod doesn’t do that, the crosser is wide open. You wish Douglas had better long speed so he could make up ground on that play and at least prevent the TD. There was another long ball TD. Douglas acted like he expected deep help, but there was only one DB behind him. I don’t know who was at fault there. We are in Week 6. This defense shouldn’t be having those kind of issues. […]