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Eagles fall to Bears, Is it too late to dig out?
Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Nov 8 2011 @ 5:45 am In Philadelphia Eagles | 2 Comments
The Eagles may have dug themselves into too deep of a hole now.
In a script that’s been all too familiar this season, Philadelphia saw Chicago take the final 13 points of the game to win the contest 30-24, giving the Eagles their fourth blown loss in the fourth quarter this season.
Matt Forte, despite the two fumbles, shredded the Eagles defense accounting for 150 total yards. Earl Bennett came back from an injury and caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles were held to a season-low 330 yards, and the defense couldn’t get the Bears off the field in key third-down situations.
It never seemed like the Eagles could get over the hump in this game, and it’s been the same way all season. The 4th-and-10 play to Jeremy Maclin which came a yard shy of getting a fresh set of downs epitomized the game, the season, everything.
Down 7-0 the Eagles offense got themselves in field goal range, but Vick made a bad read and threw a pick. Robbie Gould kicked a field goal and it was 10-0.
It looked as the momentum had swung on the side of Philly. Forte fumbled and Brian Rolle picked up the loose pigskin for a 22-yard scoop-and-score to knot things up at 10.
But then DeSean Jackson, who caught just two balls for 16 yards, had a crucial fumble which led to a Chicago touchdown before the half.
At this point I really thought the Birds were ready to soar ahead, but that Jackson miscue really put a halt to everything. It gave the Bears some much added rejuvenation heading into the locker room up by a score.
There was another point in this game where I thought the Eagles were ready to take control of the game.
After Ronnie Brown punched it in for his first touchdown of the season, Forte fumbled for a second time, and it led to LeSean McCoy’s 33-yd TD run to put the Eagles ahead 24-17 with 52 ticks in the third.
But the offense didn’t score again, and just like the first 20 or so minutes, it was the Bears offense who shined as Cutler found impromptu ways to avoid pressure.
Oh Henry, I really don’t want to comment on this play much because I’ve heard it being used as an excuse, but how was that kid a high school quarterback?
Sometimes a team’s best defense is its offense; we saw that for a majority of this game The Bears controlled the entire landscape of the contest. Philadelphia just couldn’t get a stop on third down.
Chicago’s offensive line, who’s allowed 31 sacks this season, held Philly pass rushers Jason Babin and Trent Cole in check all night on third downs. Jay Cutler’s road white was way too clean for my liking when the game was finished.
And Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie need to give a better effort, those receivers aren’t the Greatest Show on Grass.
Last week against Dallas, Philadelphia showed what the offense can be capable of.
The Birds finally put everything together for four quarters, they controlled the tempo of the game and most importantly, kept the opposing offense off the field.
But unlike last week, the inconsistency of the offense came back. There’s been way too many of these lulls in games where this explosive offense just doesn’t score. How many long sustaining drives have you seen this season that have ended with Michael Vick throwing an interception? The turnovers need to stop, and I thought the Eagles cleared this hurdle last week after the Dallas game.
All in all, Philadelphia has to pretty much win the NFC East at this point to get into the postseason. They’ve already lost to Chicago and Atlanta, and Detroit is well on its way to a playoff berth.
The Giants schedule gets brutal, can they overcome their second-half of the season woes over recent years?
It’s what the Eagles must hope for.
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