The very first takeaway from the Philadelphia Eagles' humiliating 52-20 loss to the Denver Broncos is that was difficult to watch. If you're a Philadelphia fan of any kind, you must be some kind of masochist to watch the Birds fail in literally every phase of the game for 60 consecutive minutes.
Yeah, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his receiving corps are incredible. That doesn't explain how the defense completely shut down a Chip Kelly offense featuring Pro Bowlers Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, or how the head coach's starters on offense were outscored 14-13 by Denver's special teams.
It was the most awful kind of game you could imagine, even if you thought the Eagles had no chance to win from the start. Seemingly everything that could have gone wrong did, and teams simply can't give Manning that many chances to beat them and expect to be in the game at the end.
No surprise, most of our initial takeaways should detail why Eagles fans will be requesting entrance into a witness protection program on Monday—because if you saw it, this one will come back to haunt you. However, there are a few silver linings that should prove it's also not quite the end of the world.