The Philadelphia Eagles are a mess. In the month of November the Eagles had three games against subpar teams, including two of those at home. Winning all three would have given the team a real chance to win the NFC East. Instead, they lost all three, and were outscored 110-50 in those games.
The future of the Eagles is very much in doubt, but in the meantime let's take a look at how each unit performed:
Overall grade: F
Another game, another blowout at the hands of a bad team. After taking a whooping at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Eagles had a short week to prepare for the Detroit Lions. And from the beginning it became clear that it was going to be all Lions.
After the Eagles missed a field goal and the teams traded punts, the Lions went on to score on their next six drives. The Eagles, meanwhile, strung together one drive of more than 10 plays during the entire game. It was another embarrassing performance for a team that looks increasingly disinterested.
The "Sam Bradford vs. Mark Sanchez" debate is so October. The bottom line is that the Eagles don't have a quarterback capable of elevating the rest of the team (and frankly, there are only a couple teams who do). The offensive line is struggling with consistency, the wide receivers are having a tough time getting open, and the quarterbacks aren't able to make enough plays to keep the offense on the field.
It's hard to know where to start: yes, DeMarco Murray was unable to get anything going on the ground (14 carries for 30 yards is an embarrassment), but it's just as much on an offensive line that was unable to fend off the Lions' d-line.
Chip Kelly's offense has been a shadow of its former self all year. The playcalling has been questionable, and it's baffling that guys like Miles Austin and Riley Cooper continue to get the snaps over guys like Josh Huff.
Instead of recapping the bludgeoning the Eagles defense took, let's look at some of the lowlights:
- The Lions offense had 11 drives against the Eagles defense. Of those, seven went for points, and six of those were touchdowns.
- For the second week in a row, the Eagles gave up at least five touchdowns through the air. The Eagles have surrendered 15 passing touchdowns in November.
- Stafford's passer rating was a near-perfect 137.8, the best of his career. He has thrown five touchdowns in three other games, but has never thrown five touchdowns without an interception. Until today.
- This was one of the best game of Calvin Johnson's career. He finished with eight catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns, which ties a career high for scores. Stafford showed no trepidation throwing to his All-Pro receiver, as evidenced by his 14 targets. And the Eagles showed that they were incapable of stopping Megatron.
- Too add insult to injury (or injury to insult?), cornerback Nolan Carroll II broke his ankle in the second quarter.
- Oh, and this:
This is the first time in franchise history the Eagles have allowed 45 points in consecutive games.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) November 26, 2015
Special teams: D
The special teams was mostly unremarkable. Caleb Sturgis continued to struggle, clanging a 50-yard field goal off the uprights. Otherwise, it was another ho-hum day for Dave Fipp's crew. After a stellar 2014 campaign, the struggles of the special teams unit have gone largely unnoticed. But they are still disappointing.