Eagles Beat Themselves Again, Lose To The Cowboys, 38-23BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Sunday, November 11th, 2012
You got a glimpse of the Eagles future with Nick Foles taking over for an injured Michael Vick. The Birds offense started off the game playing well, but in the end they lost to the Cowboys 38-23. The Eagles surrendered 21 points via a punt return, interception return and a fumble recovery for scores.
It wasn’t a total shock that the Eagles lost the game because of turnovers. Their entire season has suffered greatly because of turnovers. It was fitting that turnovers took them down.
Their demise happened suddenly. It took about five plays for the Eagles season and the career of Andy Reid as the Birds coach to burn to the ground. It was almost like a house that had been soaked with gasoline. The time the match was lit, the season, Reid’s tenure, Michael Vick’s time with the Birds all burned up in seconds.
The Eagles were fighting for their lives after losing quarterback Michael Vick to a concussion injury. Rookie Nick Foles had stepped in and directed the Birds on a scoring drive which had given them a 17-10 lead.
Lincoln Financial Field was rocking and the Birds were trying to pull off a miracle, but they just couldn’t avoid the mistakes and turnovers which have plagued them all season.
One of the plays which was a major part of the change of momentum from the Birds to the Cowboys, occurred on a third down play when the Eagles defensive line had Tony Romo in their sights. First it was Fletcher Cox, then Cullen Jenkins, then a couple of other defensive linemen. They all missed Romo. He ducked underneath them, faked a throw to get them off of their feet, the slipped out and found an open Miles Austin for the first down.
A few plays later, Romo connected with Dez Bryant from 30 yards out and the Cowboys had erased a 17-10 lead and tied up the score. It was a great catch by Bryant, who caught the ball despite having Domique Rodgers-Cromartie draped all around him.
A series later, the awful Eagles special teams gave up a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. Next up was an interception return for a score, then a fumble recovery. On the interception, Foles was off target on a slant route to DeSean Jackson. He could have made the catch even though the ball was behind him.
Vick was very sharp on the first drive. He completed 4 out of 5 passes for 59 yards with the longest being a wide receiver screen to DeSean Jackson for 31 yards. Jackson made a great run on the play by cutting back to his right for a gain which took the ball down to the seven yard line.
Vick threw an alley-oop to wide receiver Riley Cooper, who did a great job of going up over Claiborne for the score.
Unfortunately after the Eagles drive, the Birds defense went in and gave up a long drive to the Cowboys which tied up the game.
You have to scratch your head about the play which Mornhinweg called on 3rd down when the Birds got the football. They lined up in an empty backfield and tried to run outside to the right side. I guess they were expecting a blitz from the left side.
King Dunlap did a lousy job of trying to block the defensive end to the right side. The defensive end turned the play inside and Vick was tackled in the backfield.
Ernie Sims of all people put pressure on Michael Vick on a blitz and it forced him to over throw LeSean McCoy. Dennis Kelly blocked outside and let Sims come right up the middle to put pressure on Vick. You always block the inside guy because the outside guy will take longer to get there.
Check me out on 94-WIP tonight at 10 pm. I’ll be breaking down this game.
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