Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense played their worst game of the season in losing to the hated Cowboys, 17-3. They also extended their home losing streak to nine games, which is just as baffling as it is unacceptable.
Nine game home losing streak and three points scored against an average defense that was missing its best player…that’s the first thing that makes me say WTF!
Losing the game in the manner we did, it’s natural to only focus on the offense. Unfortunately that overshadows a pretty decent effort by the defense. Dallas has a pretty damn good offense and they came in averaging just over 30 points per game, but the defense held them to just 17.
If you were to tell me before the game that Dallas would only score 17 points, I would have thought we would blow them out. Instead, the offense just simply blew.
Anyway, on to the awards…
Things that made me say WTG!
The only positive to draw from the game was the play of the defense in general. As stated above, they held a high-octane Dallas offense to just 17 points. They pressured Romo, sacked him twice and intercepted him twice.
They made them earn every one of their 368 yards, as the Cowboy offense averaged just 4.9 yards per play.
DeMeco Ryans played a well-rounded game again and turned in a sack and an interception that set up the Eagles’ only points on the day.
Earl Wolff had the hit of the game when he laid a pop on Dez Bryant in the third quarter. Bryant is a big, physical receiver and Wolff’s hit made him take a knee for a minute. Unfortunately, Wolff had to leave the game to be examined for a possible concussion.
Riley Cooper actually had a decent game in posting six catches for 88 yards to lead the team. He also flashed some good physicality in the second quarter when he caught a short pass on a third-and-seven play, broke a tackle and picked up the first down.
Donnie Jones had a good day in averaging 46.6 yards on nine punts. You know it’s a bad game when the punter ends up on the WTG! list.
Bill Davis deserves some credit as well for coming up with an effective game plan to limit the Dallas offense. The defense seems to be improving incrementally as they continue to jell each week.
Now, for the WTF! list…
I might as well take it from the top…the Eagles’ defense forced a three-and-out on Dallas’ first possession in the first quarter (barely three minutes into the game), but the Eagles had to burn a timeout to get ready for the punt. That was reminiscent of Andy Reid.
Bryce Brown continues to disappoint in relief of McCoy. On his first carry, he simply fell as he was about to hit the hole and it seemed as if he could have gotten a decent chunk of yardage had he not.
The initial game plan. Dallas’ defense was weak up front and missing DeMarcus Ware. I would have figured a heavy dose of the run early on but nope, they came out passing and it was clear from the start that the offense was out of sync.
The baffling sequence of decisions before half-time. The Eagles faced a third-and-one from the Dallas 42-yard line with well under a minute to go. Instead of running a quick play to pick up a first, they run a low percentage play by throwing deep down the sideline to Jackson, which fell incomplete.
Then, instead of going for it, which to me seemed like a no-brainer at the time, Chip Kelly decides to have Alex Henery attempt a 60-yard field goal. Anyone in their right mind knows that there was no way on earth he’s making that.
Dallas ended up taking over at mid-field with just enough time on the clock to feasibly get 15 yards or so and attempt a field goal of their own (they still had a timeout to use). Fortunately, Dallas’ offense was unable to make that happen, but the point is that it was very feasible and a bad sequence of decisions by Kelly.
Bradley Fletcher committed a huge pass interference penalty on a third-and-goal play in the third quarter that gave Dallas an automatic first. They scored a TD on the next play.
Nick Foles is the MVP of this WTF! list. He played the worst game of his young career at the most inopportune time. First place in the division was on the line and the team was playing at home.
He looked timid and indecisive in the pocket. He was hesitant to pull the trigger on throws, held the ball too long and when he did throw, he missed badly on multiple occasions.
The two most obvious ones were the throw to a wide-open Celek in the second quarter that would have led to a huge gain and the terrible pass to a wide-open Avant in the end zone that needed a review to overturn what would have been a crazy interception.
I don’t know what to say about Foles here. It’s baffling that he went from NFC Offensive Player of the Week to the dud of the week. He had a chance to possibly seize his future as a starter in Philly but instead crumbled and turned his worst-ever performance.
He’s still a young player and doesn’t have a full season worth of starts under his belt, but this performance was pretty bad for a second-year guy.
The only guy to play worse was his backup, Matt Barkley. Barkley threw an interception on his second career pass attempt, but luckily it was called back due to a penalty. However, just six plays later he threw one that counted,
In fact, all three of Barkley’s drives ended with an INT. Not an auspicious start to the young man’s career.
DeSean Jackson. Where was he yesterday? Was this another one of his disappearing acts? Was it the game plan? Dallas appeared to be playing man coverage quite a bit, he couldn’t beat his man?
He was also seen on camera getting frustrated quite a bit and that seemed to affect his play. Is he still an immature player that let’s his frustration get the best of him?
The offense in general was shockingly bad yesterday. I put the bulk of that on Foles, but he didn’t get much help from his coach in the way of play calling either. Dallas’ defense isn’t as good as the Eagles made them look.
The most frustrating thing I took from this game is the state of the QB position. Vick is not the future and after that performance, it’s highly unlikely Foles is either.
It’s clear this team will not be serious competitors for the post season, yet they will likely do just well enough land a low draft pick that puts a franchise QB out of reach in April’s draft.
And to that, I say…WTF!