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2008 Eagles Defense - THE PROBLEM

From my earlier post below.  Eagles games with over 30 points against in Reid era.

49 (Broncos 05)
45 (Colts 06)
41 (Cowboys 08)
38 (Cowboys 07)
38 (Bengals 04)
36 (Giants 08)
35 (Colts 02)
33 (Cowboys 05)
33 (Giants 00)
33 (Panthers 99)
31 (Patriots 07)
31 (Titans 06)
31 (Chiefs 05) – Eagles win
31 (Redskins 05)
31 (Browns 04) – Eagles win in OT
31 (Patriots 03)
31 (49ers 03)
31 (Rams 99) – Eagles win
30 (Giants 06)

Notice that the Eagles have never overcome a score of more than 31 points against under Reid.  Once the Eagles opponent hits 32 points, its over.

Now look at the other side, Eagles offense scoring over 30 points.

56 (Lions 07)
49 (Cowboys 04)
48 (Vikings 01)
47 (Packers 04)
44 (Cowboys 02)
42 (49ers 05)
41 (Cowboys 00)
40 (49ers 08)
40 (Cowboys 01)
38 (Rams 08)
38 (Saints 07)
38 (49ers 06)
38 (Cowboys 06)
38 (Cardinals 02)
38 (49ers 02)
38 (Falcons 00)
38 (Rams 99)
37 (Cowboys 08) – loss
37 (Chiefs 05)
37 (Redskins 02)
36 (Giants 06)
36 (Cowboys 03)
36 (Cowboys 01)
35 (Texans 02)
35 (Browns 00)
35 (Redskins 99)
34 (Browns 04)
34 (Dolphins 03)
34 (Redskins 02)
34 (Cardinals 00)
33 (Redskins 07)
33 (Saints 03)
33 (Bears 01)
33 (Cardinals 00)
31 (Giants 08) – loss
31 (Packers 06)
31 (Giants 04)
31 (Redskins 03)
31 (Bucs 01)
30 (Lions 04)
30 (Panthers 04)

The Reid/McNabb Eagles had never lost when scoring over 30 points before the two games this year.

There is no excuse for not winning two divisional games where we score 37 and 31 points, which would also make us 7-2 and in first place in the division above the Giants thanks to head-to-head tie-breakers.

Therefore, all of the blame for the outcome this year must be heaped squarely on the defense for coughing up 41 and 36 points in those two games.  And specifically, lets place the blame on three people who have done the most damage playing defense for the Eagles this year in terms of touchdowns surrendered by my recollection of the games - Samuel, Dawkins, and Gocong.

Discuss.

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