The opportunity to win couldn’t have been more present: Not only was reigning MVP Adrian Peterson sidelined with an ankle injury, but backup Toby Gerhart was out as well. The Vikings’ always-cycling quarterback wheel landed on Matt Cassel for the day with Christian Ponder sidelined due to a concussion. Best of all, red-hot QB Nick Foles got a secondary that was decimated with injuries (and not playing very well when healthy).
So to see the Eagles go out and give up 48 points in a devastating loss against a vastly inferior opponent was incredibly disheartening. Philly held the ball for just 23 minutes and committed nine total penalties for 94 yards.
It brought back memories of the awful Tuesday night loss to the Vikings three years ago, one in which the defense had no answer for then-quarterback Joe Webb. In this one, no-name running back Matt Asiata reached the end zone three times in the win, snapping a five-game winning streak for Philly and an even longer streak of the defense playing well.
It’s not the way the Eagles anticipated this game turning out. The day can still be salvaged should Green Bay knock off Dallas, but it’s looking more and more likely that the season will come down to the Week 17 matchup against the rival Cowboys, with the winner hosting a home playoff game in January.