Michael Vick was done, the Eagles had found their QB of the season and maybe the future. Sure the work against the Giants was tainted because they are a bad defensive team, but Tampa had a real defense and it was on the road, Nick was the man. The consensus in the national media was it was time to see what Foles could do, give him the ball the rest of the season, at least you know if you need to draft a QB.
Well, a week removed from NFC offense player of the week honors Foles crashed back to earth and then unfortunately out of the game as he put on a dreadful display in from of the home crowd in the Eagles biggest game of the year so far. Now Vick doesn’t look so bad, especially with the very real possibility that Matt Barkley could be starting against the Giants next week.
The one positive from the game on Sunday was the play of the defense who stepped up and kept the Eagles in the game much longer than they deserved to be, even gift wrapping some great field position when the game was still in doubt. It is something they can build on and while the offense is struggling a bit, it is likely that will not continue so there is still hope.
The problems of the offense are definitely troubling. Chip Kelly’s system is contingent of the QB making the right decision. Every play is designed to create a mismatch and the QB needs to find it and exploit it. That just didn’t happen on Sunday, Foles threw to the “wrong” receiver or missed the open ones. With the running game sputtering there was nothing to bail him out. Bottom line, it was ugly.
So as the Eagles finish up their second 4 game stretch of the season against the Giants who will either be a winless or on win team after tonight they still have a chance to sit at 4-4 at the halfway mark of the season, which given the team last year and the changes this year I think most fans would take. The problem is they show just enough promise to bring hope and that can be painful.
There are two trends that need to change , one is losing at home. The Eagles have lost 9 straight home games. That is completely unacceptable and they need to get a win against the Giants next week to stop the bleeding. The second trend is the offense not showing up in big games. Given the schedule this season, there have been two “big games, one against KC where the offense turned the ball over 4 times (special teams once) and the second against Dallas where the offense laid an egg. the interesting thing is in both games the defense held their own and only crumbled on the weight of the lack of offense. fix those things and 8-8 may still be good enough to win the division, of course now they have to win in Dallas.