Bad outweighs the good again for Eaglesby Eric Schwartz
For the second straight week the Eagles suffered a defeat, this time to the San Diego Chargers, 31-23. There were a few positives from the game, mainly Jason Avant’s breakout eight-catch, 156 yards. However, the bad once again outweighed the good. Here is a brief look at what went wrong on Sunday.
- Brian Westbrook’s season and career may be over. A second concussion in a month knocked Westbrook out of Sunday’s game. His season is almost certainly over and you have to start to wonder about his career. At some point an athlete has to start thinking about his health going forward and Westbrook may be at that point.
- The Eagles first three trips into the red zone produced just three field goals. One of the trips included a 1st-and-goal at the one.
- Donvan McNabb passed the ball 55 times. Yes, the Eagles were trailing and had to throw more late, but that doesn’t excuse running the ball just 13 times.
- LeSean McCoy was on the field for only two plays in the first half. The guy is a weapon. Even when Westbrook was healthy, the Eagles needed to find a way to get him on the field more.
- Just two sacks, and no interceptions or forced fumbles for the Eagles defense. The banged up unit put up little fight against Phillip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson.
- In case you haven’t heard, the Eagles can’t cover tight ends. That continued as Antonio Gates racked up seven catches for 78 yards, His biggest catch came on a 3rd-and-6 on the Chargers 42 with 4:54 left. Gates made a 17-yard reception that se the Chargers up for a field goal and worked the clock down to virtually nothing.
There is a sampling of why the Eagles last their second straight. Feel fee to add to it.