Philadelphia Eagles: Defense the Main Culprit in Sunday's Loss to PittsburghE

Tim NguyenCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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It's 1st-and-20 at their own 10. Which NFL coach would love to have an opposing team in that spot? Almost anyone.

Yet, the Philadelphia Eagles, after all their trials and tribulations, failed to get the job done when given the opportunity. 

While the fan reaction has been mixed, anyone with two eyes and common sense can see that the defense failed to bring it on the Steelers last drive of the game.

Michael Vick broke out his Houdini cape again after he brought back the Eagles from a 10-nothing deficiency with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. He looked accurate, strong and quick with his decisions, much like the Michael Vick from 2010 who finished runner-up for MVP. 

It was hard to watch as Big Ben dissected the Philadelphia Eagles secondary, and the Eagles D failed to force a turnover or even get a sack for the second straight game and ruin what would have been Vick's fourth game-winning, fourth-quarter comeback this season.

Like almost every game this season with the exception of the game against Arizona, Vick has rallied the team and put them in a position to win in the fourth quarter, except only this time the defense came up short.

When you are a good team, it doesn't matter who you play, you should be able to execute your plays to success against anyone and come up on top. They had the Steelers right where they wanted them but didn't get the job done.

It had an eerily similar feel to one of last year's early-season debacles when Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, you name it really, drove down the field to erase what was a Philly lead in the last seconds.

The defense has to play better to get where this team and its fanbase know it could be. They have to force turnovers and play tough to completely confuse the other team on offense. Jason Babin, one of last year's darlings, has been underwhelming these past two weeks compared to his double-digit sack form from 2011 and looked like he did before he had a career redeeming season with the Titans.

Next week, the Eagles play a desperate Detroit Lions team that looks nothing like its 2011 form heading into their bye week. They must take advantage of that with a good solid game from both sides of the ball (no turnovers and more points).

A victory would make fans feel a lot better about this team and give the Birds must-needed breathing room in what is looking like another tightly contested year in the NFC East.