Losses Mount For Philadelphia Eagles Heading Into New Orleans
The Philadelphia Eagles had another tough day at the office Sunday as they dropped a 30-17 decision to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons as 3-point home favorites. Now 3-4 straight-up and slipping out of playoff contention, the Eagles will next travel to take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Philadelphia was never in contention against Atlanta in Week 8, despite head coach Andy Reid’s perfect 13-0 record following a bye and the switch of defensive coordinators during the off week. In fact, it was again the beleaguered Eagles defense that helped the team’s demise Sunday.
Atlanta put points on the board in six straight possessions to start the game against new coordinator Todd Bowles’ unit. That opening salvo proved too much to overcome for the Eagles.
Reid called Sunday’s performance “an embarrassment” in his post-game comments, but reiterated he believes the Eagles still have the talent to make a playoff run this season. That premise is becoming ever-more dubious for a team that is just 1-5-1 against the spread this season and under .500 straight-up since the start of last season.
Offensively, quarterback Michael Vick and the Eagles also struggled. Philadelphia was limited to just 270 yards total offense—nearly 100 yards below their season average—despite having no turnovers for just the second time this season. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson again had no impact and running back LeSean McCoy accounted for just 45 yards on 16 carries.
Vick finished 21 of 35 for 191 yards with a touchdown against the Falcons. In addition to the sub-par passing numbers, Vick also failed to bring much spark to the Eagles offense through the run.
The veteran sounded well aware of the growing quarterback controversy in Philadelphia during his post-game comments. Vick said “I support it” of any decision Reid makes, which could include having rookie Nick Foles start at quarterback this week against the Saints.
The Saints were again exposed as a .500 team at best this season by the Denver Broncos Monday night. New Orleans struggled to put points on the board in the mile-high air and its defense was equally inept against Peyton Manning and company.
The fate of the Eagles’ season likely hinges on Sunday’s result. New Orleans would seem an ideal opponent for Philly to “circle the wagons” and steal a win. Keep that in mind while analyzing this week’s NFL odds.