The Philadelphia Eagles surrendered a 10 point fourth quarter lead to the Detroit Lions and eventually lost in overtime. With the loss, the Eagles fall to a pedestrian 3-3 on the season. The Philadelphia Eagles have been inconsistent and turnover prone all season and yesterday was no different. While the defense played a great three quarters, they could not close the game. In part two of this piece we'll take a closer look at the 4th quarter defensive breakdowns against the Lions. The offense struggled to consistently rush the ball and turned it over three times, old habits die hard.
Michael Vick continued to struggle with ball security against the Lions. Vick fumbled once, but the Eagles were able to recover it. Center Dallas Reynolds made an errant shotgun snap while Vick was changing the play resulting in a turnover. Vick also had two costly interceptions. Each week Michael Vick talks to the media about how the turnovers will be corrected by increased focus, but after six weeks of turnover prone football Vick's media responses are strictly lip service. His carefree approach to the position has cost the Eagles in multiple games this year. Numerous times throughout the Lion's game Vick was leaning back while being hit and he chucked the ball up for grabs. Vick will not be able to protect the ball when he takes chances like this. Throwing high over the middle is a recipe for disaster and yesterday's game turned into a disaster for the birds. There has been increased speculation that if Vick does not take the Eagles into the playoffs he might be released. Vick was signed to a monster five year 100 million dollar contract two years ago, but his inconsistent play has led to the Eagles front office wondering if his price tag is too hefty.
The offensive line was not much better. They surrendered three sacks to the Lions yesterday. LeSean McCoy mustered a pathetic 14 carries for 22 yards behind the offensive line. Second string running back Bryce Brown had 4 carries for a whopping 5 yards. This simply will not get it done. The line has suffered injuries to two great players in Jason Peters and Jason Kelce, but that excuse does not help open any holes or give Vick more time. The offensive lines' struggles prohibited the Eagles from being able to run the ball in the fourth quarter. The Eagles had two separate 10 point leads in the fourth, but due to their inability to run the football they were unable to drain the clock. Michael Vick was the only person with a solid rushing day (9 carries, 59 yards). But one of the main reasons Vick took off running is due to the pass protection breaking down.
The bye week could not come at a better time for the inconsistent offensive unit. After the bye the Eagles will host the Atlanta Falcons.
In part two of this article the defensive play will be reviewed.
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