“Just a hair off,” is how Coach Andy Reid described his offense. But the Philadelphia Eagles are in some major trouble. They are off to a 1-3 start, their worst in years, and the offense has been nothing but a one-game wonder through the first 4 games of the season. Yet they still have a chance to work it all out.
The Eagles have not scored a touchdown in 50% of their games. That includes a touchdown-less performance against a Washington Redskins’ defense in Week 2 that was immediately gutted by the New York Giants in Week 3. Then of course, there was the Eagles vs. Giants game in Week 4, where the offense gave up 6 sacks, and rookie Left Tackle William Justice decided to give up another 6 just for the fun of it. There was no justice for Justice, and he gave Defensive End Osi Umenyiora a fantasy football type of day in Week 4.
Now we cannot forget Week 3, which should be labeled, “Fantasy Week 3,” for the Quarterback Donovan McNabb and the rest of the Eagles offensive squad. The team scored 56 points, and 42 of those came in the first half alone. Brian Westbrook had 100+ yards rushing and 100+ yards receiving against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Kevin Curtis put up over 200 yards worth of receiving on 11 catches. And Donovan McNabb had the fantasy week of all fantasy weeks, with over 300+ yards of passing and 4 touchdown passes.
Now going into Week 5 of the fantasy football season, the Eagles, and their fans, can only hope that a return to that week of fantasy football against the Lions in the cards for Week 6, as the birds have a bye in Week 5.
Under Coach Andy Reid, the Eagles typically play well coming off a bye. However, as seen against the Giants, the Eagles do not play too well going into a bye. They had four pro-bowlers injured going up against the Giants prior to Week 5. That list of sidelined pro-bowlers included Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins Lito Sheppard, and Tra Thomas. And let’s all be honest here, not having their most explosive player, along with not having the pro-bowl tackle to block the guy who would end up with 6 sacks in Week 4, was a pivotal part in why the Eagles lost. Add on top of that that Dawkins and Sheppard were missing from the secondary, and the Giants won pretty handedly, although, only scoring 16 points, and one score off of a turnover.
Thus, anyone can see, the pieces are there for the Eagles to win. They have been in every game they have lost, and it has simply come down to critical mistakes and bad play calling by Andy Reid and Eagles. But don’t panic Philly, Reid does come out of bye-weeks well, and going up against a Jets’ defense that has surrendered big games to just about every running back and quarterback they have played, means the Eagles 2 game deficit in the NFC wild card race, could be off to a good start in Week 6.