Monday, October 16, 2006

Eagles Need Short Memory After Saints Loss

NEW ORLEANS -- The Eagles insisted all week that they would forget about their big win over Dallas and concentrate only on New Orleans. Here's hoping now as they prepare to visit a resurgent Tampa Bay team on Sunday, that the memory of Sunday's 27-24 loss to New Orleans can be easily forgotten.
Good luck.
The Eagles allowed the Saints to hold the ball for the final 8:26. They will be continually haunted by a penalty for 12 men on the field that nullified what would have been the only sack of the afternoon. It also was the turning point in a game that saw many.
The Eagles simply made too many mistakes to beat a good team and as they had been telling everybody all week, the Saints certainly are in that category.
Since suffering their first loss of the season, a 30-24 defeat to the New York Giants when the Eagles squandered a 17-point fourth quarter lead, the players insisted they learned by their mistakes.
Apparently they didn't.
There were too many mental and physical errors against the Saints. Missed tackles, botched special teams plays, questionable play calling, the usual clock mismanagement. These are the same problems that have bitten the Eagles in the past.
And that begs to ask the question - are the Eagles a playoff caliber team? The players feel that they gave both losses away this season, but the NFL doesn't give style points. Wins and losses are all that matters.
It's tough to tell which loss hurt the Eagles more this season because they seemed devastated by both.
The Eagles want to forget what happened, but they better remember the reason they got themselves into this jam.
This is a team that should be 6-0, but is now 4-2 and nowhere near ready to begin thinking about the postseason. Wins are hard to come by in the NFL and a team can't just give two of them away.
That is what the Eagles have done and instead of having a nice cushion at this point, it appears all season as if they will be fighting for their playoff lives.


At 8:25 AM, Blogger DaGreenBeast said...

It definetly seems that the eagles are at this point in the season more prone to beating themselves, then actually being beaten by other teams. The good news is that it's in the long run probably easier as a team to believ in yourself, when you know that if you eliminate mindless errors that you can beat any team in the league. This is opposed to having loses where you are dominated. The eagles have not been dominated for an entire game this year. Unfortunately they seem to have the tendancy to be dominated for periods of time. I think that this just points to a lack of focus, for both players and coaches as opposed to a lack of talent or planning. I think that Reid needs to get their attention and focus back. I really believe that if the Eagles put together a complete game on both sides of the ball, and stay focused, they can be competitive and beat any team in the league.


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