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Philadelphia Eagles Turn Over Another Game

Four fumbles have Philadelphia Eagles stumbling in loss to Cincinnati Bengals.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

Try six by the Philadelphia Eagles, including three on three straight drives in the second half and two on the first two series of the game that led to all 34 points by the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night.

Actually, in five plays the Birds turned it over four times.

With the Birds leading the Bengals 13-10 after a second-quarter comeback in which they had trailed 10-0, the wheels came off this roller coaster of a season once again in the second half.

That led to a Bengals' victory, 34-13.

In the second half, Quarterback Nick Foles threw an INT. Then Bryce Brown yet again fumbled (can't he hang onto the football??) for a Cincy score. Next, tight end Clay Harbor dropped the ball after catching a pass and then the Birds muffed an onsides kick.

In the Birds' first series of the game, wideout Jeremy Maclin was stripped of the football. In the next series, punter Mat McBriar kicked into his own player, giving the Bengals the ball for another score.

But then the Birds' defense kicked in, holding the Bengals to no more points after the first two turnovers.

Who needs the Wide Nine?

After watching the defense, several words not even whispered in these parts were heard.

This word would come as a shock to anyone who watched the Eagles defensive front all year: Dominating.

Another word that Birds fans never heard much this year: Pressure.

And those two words equaled another word that was pretty much never uttered this year: Sacks.

Pressure and Sacks from a Dominating defensive line.

The Birds wracked up the sacks, having almost more in one game that in their entire season in getting stellar efforts from Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Cullen Jenkins and two straight from rookie Fletcher Cox.

Safety Colt Anderson provided a spark too with some tough playing and hard hitting.

Foles got the Birds back in the game with a strong comeback in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 13-10 lead with a touchdown to Riley Cooper and two field goals by Alex Henery.

But it didn't hold once the wheels fell off with all the turnovers in the third quarter, giving the Philadelphia Eagles their 10th loss of the season.

The defense didn't lose this game. Turnovers were the killer.

Expect more turnovers when the year ends: Try the coaching staff and most of the roster.

Richard Weisgrau December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I think last night's loss proves that the Eagles' prior wins have luck for the most part. Granted, playing with only four days rest must be a serious strain on the players, and it probably accounts for Foles weak passing game (read that arm) last night. But when the offense loses the game by making so many fundamental mistakes that result in so many points scored in so little time by the opponent, it just says that the team really cannot play good football. Whose responsible? It's not just the coach. The Eagles need to revamp the team from the top down. It's the only hope they have to win in years to come.
Elliott Hardiman December 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
You hit the nail on the head.
OMG December 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
2012 Farewell to Andy Reid Tour t-shirts on sale, lol.
Rico December 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Go Giants!
The Illuminati December 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I'm still not sold on Foles as a starting QB. He has shown flashes of being decent, but I don't think he is anything more than a nice backup QB...another Kevin Kolb. They will need to address the QB position as well, if not in this draft then the following one. This team is really starting to remind me of some of those Ray Rhodes teams from the late 90's. I hope we don't have to suffer through several seasons of musical QBs like we did with the Bristers, Peetes and Detmers..
OMG December 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I don't think Vick is a messed up quarterback I think he doesn't have the protection he needs to hold defense back. They just let them get straight to Vick to bust him up. I can't believe the amount of hits he has taken this season. No other players are getting hit like that because they are being protected as they should and getting the ball where it needs to be.
MPorchik December 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I wouldn't be too hard on Foles just yet, he is still a rookie, and there is a learning curve in the NFL that is pretty steep for the QB position. Not saying he is going to be a great qb, but I think we need to give him more than a handful of starts before passing judgement on him.
Richard Weisgrau December 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I agree that it is too early to call Foles a good QB, but it is also too early top call him a bad QB. The jury has a few more games to watch this year before coming to any conclusion about him re his fitness to QB the team next season. I watched him play at a pre season game, and I wan impressed with his performance for a young player. That feeling has only increased as he has played in the regular season. We need to give him a chance to prove himself. The worst case scenario is that he is a good back up QB, which we have not had for many seasons.
Richard Weisgrau December 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
So why isn't Foles being hit like Vick was if the line is so bad? Personally, I think that part of the team not playing well was Vick. This has nothing to do with his past crimes, but all to do with his current self-awareness. He would speak at the post-game press briefings about the team as if he made them tick. In an odd way he put them down as second class players who he had to improve. You don't get support in NFL football that way. I am not saying that Vic is the biggest part of the Eagles' problem. I am saying that he is not part of the solution. His on-field discipline seems lacking. His fragility seems troubling. His declining athleticism seems inevitable. His attitude seems intransigent.
Marc Lombardi December 14, 2012 at 09:40 PM
4 wins by a total of 6 points combined says you're right. 10 losses by a combined 128 points says a heck of a lot more.
Mike Shortall Sr December 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Turn out the lights, the party's over ... http://crankymanslawn.com/2012/11/28/andy-reids-eagles-legacy/ Vick will NEVER be anything other than a running quarterback. Even with all the protection issues the Eagles faced this year, he never once looked to throw the bal away, something Foles was doing in his very first NFL start. That being said, Foles has a long way to go to prove himself. But he does seem to have composure, good downfield vision, and a strong arm. Now if you could figure out how to put Foles' head on Vick's body ...

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