LANDOVER, Md. – They have turn a Murphy’s Law of a NFL.
Whatever bad can occur for a Philadelphia Eagles, will happen.
At slightest that was a order during a latest implosion by a group that Chip Kelly built, as a Eagles stumbled by a 23-20 detriment to Washington that left them in final place in a NFC East.
Never mind that a Eagles (1-3) left FedExField with a possibility to lay only one diversion out of initial place, tentative a Dallas Cowboys detriment during New Orleans on Sunday night.
This potion is half-empty.
Do we comprehend how bad a group needs to be to explain final place in a NFC Least?
Look in a mirror, Eagles.
On Sunday, a invulnerability gave adult a game-winning, 90-yard touchdown expostulate that was not engineered by, say, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers.
The Eagles were struck down by Kirk Cousins, who until Sunday had never constructed a fourth-quarter quip feat in a NFL.
Before that meltdown, a lowlights enclosed a Zach Ertz touchdown taken off a house only before halftime since rookie receiver Nelson Agholor lined adult to emanate an bootleg formation. Then they wound adult with nothing, when new kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 33-yard margin idea to finish their latest scoreless initial half.
Another vivid method also concerned Agholor. On a subsequent snap after a rookie hauled in a 45-yard locate in a second quarter, a Eagles called for a reverse. It backfired. Agholor fumbled a sell from Ryan Mathews.
The Eagles, though, will be hard-pressed to redeem from this early-season funk.
Sure, there’s time. It’s a prolonged season, and a NFC South was won final year by a group that couldn’t even furnish a winning record.
But a Eagles demeanour anything like a group to be trusted.
After Sunday’s debacle, Kelly, a manager who should doubt a essential ubiquitous manager (himself) for a fallout from his controversial offseason moves, lamented a execution (again).
DeMarco Murray, meanwhile, lamented his miss of touches.
Murray – who was lured from Dallas with a five-year, $42 million contract, yet didn’t start after blank a prior week’s feat during a New York Jets since of a hamstring damage – ripped off a 30-yard run on his initial carry.
He gained 6 yards on his other 7 rushes in a game.
Fast fact: The Eagles are 0-3 in games with Murray this season, 1-0 in games but him.
Kelly’s artistic offense? My, how it fizzles. So most for revolutionizing a NFL.
Now Kelly’s offense specializes in three-and-outs.
In 16 buliding this season, a Eagles have laid crow eggs in half of them. Until Sam Bradford strike Riley Cooper for a 62-yard touchdown early in a third entertain on Sunday, a Eagles had left 4 quarters, dating to a prior week opposite a Jets, but scoring a singular point.
Four quarters, as in a singular game.
Hey, a restraint was uneven again, as Washington’s defensive line sacked Sam Bradford 5 times and strike him during slightest 8 other times. He was sacked on back-to-back plays to flattering most sum adult a final unfortunate expostulate in a final half-minute.
Then there are a injuries. They keep pier up. All-pro left tackle Jason Peters left with a quad damage and right tackle Lane Johnson suffered a knee sprain, casting doubt on their efficacy in a nearby future, if not their evident availability. The invulnerability was undermanned on Sunday when cornerback Byron Maxwell (quadriceps) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) went down with injuries on a initial drive. Then defensive finish Brandon Bair was knocked out of a game, too, with a groin injury. And it’s still capricious when large offseason merger Kiko Alonso (knee) will lapse to his inside linebacker post.
Tough times for a group that can’t get out of the possess way.
But during slightest there’s copiousness of censure to go around – that contingency be some other form of law.
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