The Eagles dropped their 7th straight game with a 30-22 loss to the Panthers on Monday night football.The Eagles dropped their 7th straight with a 30-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field Monday night. With the loss, the Eagles drop to 3-8 on the year.
The Eagles standout on the night was clearly Bryce Brown. The rookie, starting in place of the concussed LeSean McCoy, racked up 178 yards on 19 rushes with 2 TDs. He broke the Eagles single game rookie rushing record, previously held by Correll Buckhalter who had 134 yards against Arizona in 2001.
But like pretty much everything this season, Bryce Brown had an ugly side tonight. He fumbled twice and both ended up in the Panthers hands. That is no small thing. Brown looked very good running the ball tonight, but that's means nothing in this league if you can't secure the ball. He's run about 50 times this year and fumbled 3 times. That's unacceptable.
Brown's fumbles gives the Eagles the most turnovers in the NFC and 2nd most in the NFL. If you want to point to one thing that explains how bad this offense is? That's it.
As for the defense, the sequence that really sums it up for me happened late in the 4th with the Panthers up 24-22 and driving. The Eagles defense jumps offsides on 3 straight plays giving Carolina first and goal from the 2, which Cam Newton easily runs in for a TD.
And just to put the icing on the cake, the special teams was not going to let the other 2 units have all the fun. Panthers kicker Graham Gano actually misses the extra point after the Newton touchdown meaning the game was still within one score. So there's hope right? Wrong.
Brandon Boykin receives the kickoff and proceeds to turn in his best return of the season bringing the ball back out to the 50, but at the end of the run... he fumbled. Carolina recovers.
In the end though, none of this is surprising or new. We've seen this same kind of sloppiness week in and week out. This is very much the norm.
Nick Foles went 16-21 for 119 yards and if the Panthers' DBs had any ability to catch a ball whatsoever, he would have thrown 3 picks as well. As we've said before, it's a very difficult situation for any QB to be in (made even worse by the fact that DeSean Jackson left the game early), let alone a rookie, but its hard to say we saw any growth from Foles in start 2. And if Michael Vick continues to progress as he has been, it seems likely that this was Foles' last start. Unless Vick gets hurts again...
5 more games of this left.