There haven’t been many beatings handed out in the NFL worse than the one the Denver Broncos gave the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4. Their 52-20 trouncing of the Birds served as a reminder this is very much a rebuilding team in Philly, while Denver is a Super Bowl contender.
That being said, even by rebuilding standards, Sunday was difficult to watch. The defense was predictably picked apart by a Hall of Fame quarterback, but what we weren’t necessarily counting on was an offense that couldn’t put points on the scoreboard, or special teams that would allow the opponent to score multiple times.
The Eagles were humiliated and annihilated, failing or almost failing in every facet of the game. This report card isn’t going to come with any special privileges—in fact, a good grounding would probably be in order if I were the head coach.
I suppose there’s always time to hit the books and pull those grades up next week. After all, for most of the Birds, there’s no place else to go but up.