Two short weeks ago, the Philadelphia Eagles featured one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, averaging 451.6 yards and 27.7 points per game. Now all of a sudden, they can’t get out of their own way—and they’re wasting strong defensive efforts to boot.
The New York Giants became the second team in a row to solve the Birds’ high-octane attack on Sunday, completely sucking the life out of Lincoln Financial Field with a 15-7 win. What’s more, the G-Men themselves were held out of the end zone for 60 minutes, which begs the question as to whether first-year head coach Chip Kelly has the answers for Philly going forward.
Over the past two games, the Eagles are averaging 234.0 yards and just 5.0 points—and those points don’t even belong to the offense in truth. The Birds managed a field goal against the Dallas Cowboys last week after an interception gave them the football in enemy territory, while the touchdown on Sunday came on a botched snap on a New York punt attempt.
So in reality, Philadelphia’s offense has not reached the end zone for two straight games.
Granted, the Eagles have well-documented quarterback issues at the moment. Michael Vick was reinjured during the game, and Nick Foles was unavailable after sustaining a concussion the previous week. That left only Matt Barkley to lead the offense. Regardless, you have to capitalize when the defense does work.
In our weekly report card grades, we score each individual position on some fairly simple criteria. “A” is virtually mistake-free, “B” is good, “C” is average, “D” is passable, and “F” is a complete failure to carry out basic tasks. For example, if we were to narrow it down by entire units, the Eagles defense would receive an “A,” while the offense would take home a “Z-.”
That sounds about right. On to the marks.