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No team received more hype in the offseason than the Philadelphia Eagles and no team has been more unlucky this season than the Philadelphia Eagles. It's easy to criticize the defense or the coaching, but people forget how close this team was to winning all of their games so far.
In a Week 2 match-up against the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick went down late in the third quarter on a freak collision with right tackle Todd Herremans that turned out to be a mild concussion. The Eagles took a 31-21 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the defense couldn't get the Falcons off the field and Jeremy Maclin dropped what was an easy first down reception on a critical fourth quarter play deep in Falcons territory. The score was 31-35 at the time and the Eagles looked poised to score the game winning touchdown, led by backup quarterback Mike Kafka.
It was a game where everything had to go right for the Falcons to win. The Eagles fumbled a hand-off in the red zone and the Falcons scored a touchdown on all five red zone possessions.
Week 3 saw the Eagles blow their six-game winning streak against the New York Giants along with another early exit for Michael Vick. Vick was hurt on a questionable hit from Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty that bruised his right hand, although team trainers thought it might have been broken.
The Eagles took a 16-14 lead into the fourth quarter but were outscored 15-0 by the Giants in the final quarter. The Giants scored a touchdown on their only red zone possession while the Eagles failed to get six points on four of their five red zone chances.
Last week saw the Eagles blow another lead, this time they took two quarters to collapse. The Eagles took a 23-3 lead early in the third quarter but failed to score any points the rest of the game while allowing the San Francisco 49ers to score the needed three touchdowns to upset the Eagles at home. The Eagles were driving late against the 49ers, but again, Jeremy Maclin came up short. This time, Maclin fumbled the ball on what was already a first down reception.
Again, it was a horrendous red zone effort by the Eagles. They scored touchdowns twice in seven trips inside the 20. That makes it three touchdowns in 12 trips the last two games.
Some of it has been bad red zone play calling, some of it has been on kicker Alex Henery and his two missed red zone field goals and some of it has just been dumb luck. The thing about luck is eventually it will turn around. The Eagles will stop turning the ball over in the red zone and start making clutch plays when needed.