Fumbles and penalties.
It's hard to win football games when your team can't hang on to the ball. And the Philadelphia Eagles did just that, fumbling three times and losing to the Carolina Panthers in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
The 30-22 loss is the seventh straight for the Eagles, who continued to stumble in turning over the football and making mistakes that killed drives and fueled the Panthers to victory.
Rookie Bryce Brown looked exciting in running for more than 140 yards as the replacement for LeSean McCoy, who was out with a concussion.
Brown also coughed up the football twice, giving the Panthers the chance to put points on the board.
Carolina QB Cam Newton, making his MNF debut, rushed for two scores and tossed two passes for TDs.
Those two passes were to two wide-open receivers.
The Birds defense once again did absolutely nothing. In fact, at one stage late in the game, the Birds D had three straight offsides calls.
It was hard enough playing without McCoy and Michael Vick, but the Birds lost wideout DeSean Jackson to injury early.
QB Nick Foles did nothing to impress in his second-start filling in for Vick. While he called some nice audibles, Foles' passes never hit their targets. Many were behind the receivers.
The Birds started the game strong on their first drive, but then stumbled once again in the Red Zone, settling for a field goal.
Brown had several big runs, including a 65-yard sidelines gallop where he blew through and by the Panthers defense, but he fumbled twice in the second half.
It looked like rookie Brandon Boykin might break one on a kick return, but he also fumbled, which basically sealed the deal for the Panthers.
Jon Gruden called this game. Here's hoping he calls games from the Birds sidelines as coach next year.
So now the Eagles are 3-8. They need to win their last five to get to .500, something which they achieved last year by winning their final four.
Next up is the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, another national televised game, and another chance for the Birds to show the country just how bad a football team they really are.