Embarrassing football: Five observations from the Eagles 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys
This Philadelphia Eagles team just isn’t that good, across the entire board. Coming into a battle for the NFC East, the Eagles were embarrassed on national television, 41-21, and move to 1-2 on the season. Everyone was at fault for this loss, and it exposed a lot of significant problems for this team that shows they are nowhere as good as we thought to start the year.
Nick Sirianni cannot play call to save his life:
I genuinely believe that Miles Sanders did something to Nick Sirianni before kickoff, and that’s why tonight went the way he did. Sanders had TWO carries the entire game, TWO. On those carries, he had a rush for 24 yards, and his first carry didn’t come until halfway through the second quarter. After that run, the Eagles didn’t go to Sanders again and the drive ended shortly after.
The Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line was in shambles. The most blatantly obvious point of attack for this offense was through the ground. For whatever reason, Sirianni chose to ignore that. Instead, he elected to continue to force the passing game while Jalen Hurts looked like he saw ghosts in the pocket.
We aren’t talking about a groundbreaking adjustment. You ran the ball for the first time and gained 24 yards, and decided, “we don’t need this. Let’s just continue to force to DeVonta for an interception”. This week is the second straight week where Nick Sirianni’s play-calling was abysmal, and if things continue down this path, we need to have a serious conversation about his role here. If you can’t recognize to run the football against such a bad line, how can you be trusted to game plan against stronger teams?
Jonathan Gannon cannot adjust:
Let me preface this by saying anyone who told you Alex Singleton is a good linebacker is a flat-out liar. I don’t think Singleton could cover Jason Peters on a fade route, let alone the Cowboys’ tight ends. Dallas continued to target Singleton and the linebackers in coverage, leading to numerous of the Cowboys’ touchdowns tonight.
Instead of sending blitzes to shorten Dak Prescott’s window, the defensive front remained the same, and the soft zone coverages were continuously exploited. After months of thinking the Eagles were changing their defensive game plan, it feels like Jim Schwartz never left Philadelphia.
Ugly, embarrassing, football:
Tonight was straight up one of the worst football games I have seen from the Philadelphia Eagles in a long time. It wasn’t because they were outclassed. The team looked like they just didn’t care. Dallas was in Jalen Hurts face celebrating, talking smack on the Eagles sideline, and the Eagles just took it. After letting up a pick-six the second half, there was no fight left in this team.
For someone who is called a players coach, if you can’t get your players to rally around you and finish the game nor came you properly play call, what exactly are you doing? The Eagles’ season will only get harder, and things don’t look like they’ll get better at all.
Injuries continue to stack up:
After losing Brandon Graham and Brandon Brooks last week, the injuries only got worse for the Eagles tonight. Isaac Seumalo had to be carted off while K’Von Wallace was ruled out with a shoulder injury. Fletcher Cox dealt with cramps late in the game, but things didn’t look to be serious. Losing so many key players so early into the season will hurt this team significantly.
A win likely isn’t on the horizon for a while:
After tonight, the Eagles are going through the gauntlet for the next several weeks of the season. On Sunday, Philly returns home to play the Kansas City Chiefs, followed by the 3-0 Carolina Panthers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the 3-0 Raiders. There is a good chance that the Eagles will be 1-6 by the time Week Eight comes around, which makes this loss hurt more.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports
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