It was only Week 2, but the Eagles' Week 2 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys had all the makings of a must-win. Down 0-1, a win would have put the Eagles in first place in the division early. But the Eagles offense showed virtually no urgency. The team finished with x yards of offense, and despite a close score was never really in the game.
At 0-2, the Eagles will need to make some drastic changes to climb out of this hole. And while the upcoming schedule is far from murderer's row, the Eagles haven't shown they can tangle with good (or even mediocre) teams. With that in mind, let's hand out some grades:
Overall Grade: F
F stands for "fail". In this game, it also stands for "flat".
For a second week in a row, the Eagles offense was unable to generate anything in the first half. But unlike last week, those offensive woes lasted the entire game.
Thanks to the defense, the Eagles were in the game for the entire contest. But as the game wore on it became apparent that even a 10-point deficit felt insurmountable. Sure, the Eagles were able to get a touchdown after being down 20-3 late in the fourth quarter. But it was the definition of "too little too late", and the offense never threatened again.
It's difficult to pull any positives out of this game, other than the fact that it only counts as one loss.
Offense: F-, see me after class
The Eagles finished the first half with an atrocious 21 yards of total offense. The offense finished with seven total yards - and Sam Bradford led the team with a whopping nine yards rushing. They finished the game with 226 total yards. Sam Bradford was the leading rusher.
Speaking of Bradford, he finished the game with 22-of-37 for 224 yards, one fourth quarter touchdown and two interceptions - one of which was thrown in the end zone. The promise the Eagles showed in the preseason seems to be nothing more than a memory at this point.
All in all, this was about as bad an offensive performance as anyone could possibly conjure.
Give the defense a ton of credit - they at least showed up. The defense as a whole didn't have its best performance, but they were able to keep the Eagles in the game. They forced x turnovers, and came up with a goal line stand early in the game. That said, the Cowboys were without Dez Bryant, and were missing Tony Romo for a good chunk of the game as well. But it's unfair to put this loss on the D.
Special Teams: D
The Cowboys were only able to score one touchdown, and it was on a blocked punt. The only thing that kept the special teams from getting a failing grade was the fact that kicker Cody Parkey hit a 46-yard field goal.