Sunday, October 22, 2006

Playoffs are Far From a Lock For Eagles

TAMPA -- The Eagles are now 4-3 and all the players and fans feel they should be 7-0. They have let three winnable games get away, and had the lead in the fourth quarter of all three.
While they have all been lost in frustrating fashion, it's hard to believe a more disappointing loss than the 23-21 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Especially since the Eagles took a 21-20 lead with 33 seconds left on Brian Westbrook's 52-yard touchdown reception, only to allow the special teams and defense (which had played well to that point) let them down.
The players appeared to be in disbelief that they lost on a 62-yard field goal by Matt Bryant as time expired.
Each player kept insisting that the Eagles have a good, no make that great team, and that they have to iron out mistakes such as starting games slow and ending even slower.
When a team looses games in such a close manner, it tends to dent the collective confidence. The Eagles insist they are a confident team, but they had a deer-in-the-headlights look after this latest disaster.
And the Eagles will have to come through in clutch situations, or this season will be over by New Year's Eve with the regular season finale against Atlanta.