Cardinals vs. Eagles: 5 Things We Learned Following Philadelphia's 21-17 Loss

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Cardinals vs. Eagles: 5 Things We Learned Following Philadelphia's 21-17 Loss
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Yikes! A season that started with so much hype and promise now looks to be done after the ninth game of the season. The Eagles fall to the lowly Arizona Cardinals 21-17 in a game that wasn't just a must win, it was a win-or-your-season-is-over game.

The Cardinals were without their starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb, and were forced to start John Skelton, a second-year player who had just three career touchdowns going into Sunday's game. Skelton threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns against a secondary who was supposed to be dominant with three Pro Bowl cornerbacks.

Now the Eagles are 3-6 with two straight tough games against the Giants and Patriots. Even if the Eagles win their final seven games, which seems laughable at this point, they would lose the tiebreakers in the wildcard spot to either the Falcons or the Bears.

It's hard to imagine how things have gotten this bad after a monster offseason. The Eagles have blown five fourth-quarter leads this season. No team has been worse in the fourth quarter and no team has more red zone turnovers (seven) than the Eagles do.

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