I realize it’s only Week 3, and I fully expect the Eagles to iron out many of their kinks by midseason, but let’s talk for a moment about what is keeping them from being as great as many fans believe they should be.
Hopefully, we can look back at this list of current shortcomings later in the season and gauge how they’ve improved.
Before we start, you need to realize that the offense sets the tone for how the game will go.
If Vick and the Eagles can come out flying high, it puts the pressure on the opposing team to match them point for point, and thus, pass the ball. This plays right into the hands of the Eagles defensive line, which is fine-tuned to steamroll quarterbacks.
It also benefits the Eagles secondary, which is more than capable of covering just about any wide receiver they will face and even intercept bad throws forced by the aforementioned defensive line. This shows why it is so important for the Eagles offense to come out scoring.
The Eagles offense played well in the season opener in St. Louis, but after the fireworks we saw last season, no one would say they played up to their potential. The Eagles should have won in Atlanta, but they didn’t. But why not? Surely, this high-flying offense should be able to outscore anyone.