Philadelphia Eagles Dominated by New England Patriots 38-20: Five Reasons Philly Lost The Game

A Terrible Game For Philadelphia..

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) hosted the New England Patriots (8-3) in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl, a game that New England won. The result of this Sunday’s game didn’t change too much, as the Patriots and Tom Brady were able to blow out the Eagles in front of their home crowd 38-20. Michael Vick was deactivated for the second consecutive week with broken ribs, and the starting job was handed to Vince Young. Although Philadelphia’s offense could have scored more points, the real loss came on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles defense looked confused, lost, and hopeless as Brady and the Pats’ running back tore apart Philadelphia.

Here are five reasons Philadelphia lost the game:

5. The Defense Was Beyond Terrible 

There are few words that can sum up Philadelphia’s terrible defense. No matter what New England threw at them, it was a success. It seemed on every single one of Brady’s drop backs he found one of his receivers open downfield. Sadly, the best performance from Philly’s defense happened when New England’s receivers dropped a pass. But aside from Brady, the trio of New England running backs had absolutely no trouble running the ball.

Juan Castillo’s defense failed. Nothing new this season.

4. LeSean McCoy Didn’t Get The Ball 

It is puzzling how LeSean McCoy is the Eagles best offensive weapon, and yet, he never gets the ball. McCoy finished the game with a grand total of 10 touches. On those 10 attempts, he was able to 31 yards and a touchdown. Despite not having a starting quarterback in the game, the Eagles elected not to utilize him against a miserable Patriots’ defense. This was a sure-fire way to keep the offense rolling, but for some reason Philly iced him out of the game entirely.

3. Tom Brady Rolled 

In the very beginning of the game, the Eagles defense looked like they may be able to slow down Brady. That lasted for about half of the first quarter, and Brady ignited a fire and was unstoppable for the rest of the game. Not having Nnamdi Asomugha in the game was a serious hurt, and it reflected as Brady carved the Birds defense to the tune of 361 yards and three touchdowns. Absolutely no resistance and no pressure on him, and that’s the only way to slow him down.

I have no clue what the game plan was going into this game, but it wasn’t good.

2. Stupid Penalties 

An offsides call there, a holding there, a clipping penalty, and all sorts of others. Philadelphia finished the game with 10 penalties for 60 yards. In comparison the Patriots had three, for 20 yards. The Eagles are the exact opposite of a disciplined team, and there shouldn’t even be anywhere near this number of mental mistakes that they had this game. The offense looked sloppy, the defense looked bad, and the penalties are just a product of that.

Once again, nothing new this season.

1. Bad Coaching 

There is no other way to put it. Andy Reid did a terrible job preparing for this game. It makes me wonder what Philadelphia did all week in practice, and this has been a reoccurring problem for all 12 years under Reid. But aside from Reid, Castillo didn’t do much better, proving once again that he is not a competent candidate to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL. For the second time in 10 years, Bill Belichick out-coached and out-manned Reid.

Nothing new.

Conclusion 

This is one of the worst performances I have ever witnessed from a Reid led team. The Eagles, with this loss, are eliminated from the playoffs. With the team this far down, and the Seattle Seahawks next week, I don’t have any idea how Reid can keep his job. Maybe if Philadelphia would have at least stayed competitive with the Patriots, but they were out-gunned from the opening kickoff. I see Reid being fired in-between weeks, and the Eagles actively scouting a replacement from this point forward.

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