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Theme of Week 3: Bruised or Broken?

The Philadelphia Eagles were outplayed and out-coached in their own home last Sunday by the New York Giants. Tom Coughlin had his usual fits of temper, but still seemed more in control than the always calm and collected Andy Reid. Coughlin had an answer for every offensive play Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could throw at him when it came time for the Eagles to try to regain the lead. The plays were albeit predictable, but were nonetheless stopped by a talented Giants defensive line. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense seems to allow more and more broken tackles as each week comes by. The multi-million dollar acquisition of Nnamdi Asomugha has yet to pay off fully. He hasn't been as bad as he could have been, but for an All-Pro to miss a tackle and then fall into his own teammate in the style of Football Follies, it leaves a bit of concern for how this defense's discipline has been so far.

The offensive skill set players for Philadelphia have been consistent and improving as per usual, but with quarterback Michael Vick looking like he still had remnants of the concussion given to him in Atlanta, it hasn't been noticed. Runningback LeSean McCoy had a good day, running the ball for 128 yards, and added an extra 13 on receptions. McCoy has had at least 100 total yards from scrimmage since the seasons started, and yet only has 4 touchdowns on the year. It seems like a little much to expect someone to have such a high number of scores in only 3 weeks, but considering McCoy's more than productive numbers, it's baffling how he wasn't handed the football in the red zone against New York when they were down 14-13. The Eagles chose instead to send their fullback Owen Schmidt and Vick into the mouth of the lion on all of their attempts inside the half-inch line. It took all of the downs they were given, just to come away with a field goal. Earlier in the game, McCoy was given the football on a 2nd & 10, and rewarded the team with a spectacular dance to the end zone. It completely shocks me that Mornhinweg did not choose to give their star runningback the football inside the 1 yard line, when he was so easily making Giants defenders miss all day long.

But enough about what could have and should have happened, onto the theme of the week. Vick came away from the game with a Tony Romo-esque injury by injuring his non-throwing hand. Vick obviously wanted to stay in the game, but Reid wasn't having it and went instead with a proven quarterback in...Mike Kafka? Now listen, I'm not hating on Kafka, but just because he did well in a reserve role against Atlanta, doesn't mean he should have been thrown into a game where the Giants had already tasted the blood in the water. Reid believed he was too conservative with Kafka, but in all honesty, that's probably why Kafka did well in Atlanta. I believe Reid was trying to prove to himself that he was right about Kafka being able to handle the non-conservative plays, instead of trying to do what would have won the team the game. As we saw, Kafka threw a pick on his first pass, and then another on the next possession. This was a bruiser for Philadelphia, which thankfully is all that's wrong with Vick's hands. No broken bones.

The Philadelphia Eagles obviously have a lot to work on. Then again, so do a lot of teams in the NFL. The Eagles were beaten by a tough rival who had been beaten 6 straight times. The Washington Redskins ended their streak, so it only seems fitting for New York to end theirs as well. Point being, this is not something that will end up breaking the Eagles and send them into a 1-15 season. It was a bad game and a bad day. Philadelphia has recovered from worse early in the season, and there shouldn't be any cause for alarm yet.

San Francisco comes to town after coming off of a win against the Cincinnati Bengals, and have given the Eagles a bit of trouble in the past. If the Eagles want any hope of having momentum going into Buffalo, then Washington, and going into the bye week riding on 2 road wins, they need to start from scratch again, and prove they can dominate against a "worse" team at home. I don't think it should matter who gets behind center this Sunday. What matters is if this team responds as a team, and then wins as a team, because last Sunday, they were forced to lose as a team.

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