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Philadelphia Eagles had no answers for the Arizona Cardinals in blowout loss

It was a night to forget in Philadelphia.

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This season has been full of painful games for the Philadelphia Eagles. We don't need to recap them here - after all, Thanksgiving wasn't all that long ago. So perhaps Eagles fans can find some comfort in the fact that their team didn't really need Sunday's game. They can still make the playoffs by beating the Giants and Washington to close out the season.

But Sunday's blowout loss should serve as yet another stark reminder how the gulf of talent that separates the Eagles and teams like the Arizona Cardinals, who ended Sunday night by celebrating a division crown in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field.

The conversation around this game should start with defense. In a season that has featured several bad performances by the run defense, Sunday's game was the worst. Arizona running back David Johnson torched the Eagles for 187 yards on 29 carries, and threw in three rushing touchdowns for good measure.

The Eagles defense was unable to slow down any facet of the Cardinals offense, but the run defense was especially troubling. The defensive line was a strength for the Eagles early in the year, but had really struggled after the first six weeks of the season. Since the bye week, the Eagles have given up 1,109 yards rushing, good for an average of 158.4 yards per game.

The offense didn't fare much better.

Sam Bradford had one of his better games of the season, even if the stats didn't show it. He finished 28-of-41 for a season-high 361 yards and two touchdowns, but was once again the victim of drops, missed opportunities and costly mistakes.

Much of the Monday morning conversation will likely center around his two interceptions, including the pick six. And that's fair. But to his credit, Bradford has looked much more comfortable in recent weeks. He's hung tough in the pocket, stepped in to his throws and had some beautiful passes. But Bradford and the offense were simply not able to keep pace with the Cardinals' offense, which was humming all night.

And that's to say nothing of the running game, which has been far more notable for its off-field issues than on-field production. DeMarco Murray's demotion is in full effect, as he barely registered on the stat sheet, including on a critical 4th-and-short that went to Ryan Mathews instead.

The Eagles, for all their flaws, aren't a bad team. They're disjointed, occasionally rudderless, and often infuriating. But they're not normally an overmatched squad. But against a team like the Cardinals, it's clear that Chip Kelly's vision - whatever that means at this point - is still a work in progress.