The Eagles offensive implosion couldn’t have come at a worse time. We’re all left wondering what happened and whether or not the team can do a complete turnaround and turn back into the explosive offense we know their capable of being. Dallas has a pretty solid defense; however, it’s no excuse for the performance the Eagles put forth last Sunday.
After it seemed the Eagles had found some rhythm running the ball as of late, the team only ran the ball a total of 10 times and amassed only 37 yards. Obviously, this isn’t nearly enough carries to establish any type of run game. Dallas ran the ball 22 times more than the Eagles and found much more success. LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver turned into a pretty solid duo late in the season and there has been question as to whether Brian Westbrook’s return has done something to disrupt this rhythm. This may play into it a little bit, but I don’t think you can say this was the only reason for the downfall. The carries weren’t there and the Eagles line had trouble controlling the Cowboys defensive front.
The Eagles can’t let the Cowboys turn them into a completely one dimensional offense. We saw what happened when they did this last weekend. Once the Eagles knew they couldn’t run, they turned into the old them and just dropped back to throw the ball over and over. There wasn’t a whole lot of success here (even though there were a lot of dropped balls). Brent Celek seemed to be the only one making plays and the offense went completely flat.
One thing we thought we would see from the offense that we didn’t was Michael Vick. It’s possible that he wasn’t as healthy as the Eagles said he was and they just wanted the Cowboys to think he was going to play. I think we will see Michael Vick this week for a few reasons. First, he’s had an extra week to rest. Second, this will be the Eagles last game if they don’t win. Third, he adds another dimension to the offense and right now it looks like they can use all the help they can get.
If the Eagles can do a little more on the ground this week, I think it will be huge. I can’t see the Eagles receivers all dropping balls like they did last week. I also can’t see Donovan McNabb playing as poorly as last week. They had plenty of opportunities last week, they just failed each time an opportunity was there. I don’t believe there’s any way the Eagles can repeat their offensive effort from last week. Truly, there’s no where to go but up. Let’s hope it’s way up.
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