It’s really hard to get excited about the Philadelphia Eagles these days. More than anything, it’s hard watching them. The season has been so disappointing, it’s unbelievable.
The team is on a seven-game losing streak. They’re coming off a dismal loss to the Carolina Panthers, a team that has a 3-8 record. By the way, that’s the same record the Eagles have right now.
On Sunday night, the Eagles will battle the Dallas Cowboys at 8:30. Normally a game against the Cowboys would bring a lot of interest for the fans, but when your team has struggled as much as the Eagles, it’s not easy to bring yourself to the television. And actually, this game is on NBC-TV. This is another national television appearance.
The Eagles’ only national appearance worth talking about was the 19-17 win over the New York Giants. Believe it or not, that was their last victory, which was on Sept. 30.
Since then, a lot has happened to the Eagles. Head coach Andy Reid dismissed his defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with Todd Bowles. Despite the change in staff, the defense is still having a difficult time stopping teams from scoring.
Michael Vick, Eagles’ starting quarterback, has been out with a concussion and could be sidelined for this Sunday’s game. Vick’s replacement has been Nick Foles, who had a number of fans enamored by his play in preseason. Well, Foles has completed 59 of 99 passes for 542 yards with one touchdown pass, three interceptions and one fumble. He has played three games and started two. He has also been sacked seven times.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles’ running back, sustained a concussion in a loss to the Redskins. He will probably miss the Cowboys game as well. Bryce Brown, Eagles’ rookie running back, showed some flashes of brilliance in the loss to the Panthers. Brown gained an impressive 178 yards on 19 carries while scoring two touchdowns, but he also had two fumbles.
DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ leading receiver, is out for the year with fractured ribs. Jackson is the team’s only big play receiver. The latest news involves defensive end Jason Babin, who was released after recording just 5.5 sacks on the season. He was quickly picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And the beat goes on. After this week, the Eagles’ four games remaining are against Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington and the New York Giants. The Buccaneers and the Giants are road games. But the Bengals and Redskins are home games. If you think there were some empty seats at the Panthers game on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, don’t be surprised if there are even more in these upcoming games. With slim chances of getting to the playoffs, there’s no reason to watch any more.
It really looks as if Andy Reid will be gone after the season. Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles owner, has already indicated that 8-8 is not acceptable. Right now, they’ll be lucky to finish even close to that mark.