The “Dream Team” Reaching the Playoffs is Now Only a Dream

by on May 15th, 2012
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The Philadelphia Eagles fell to 3-6 after a terrible performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Any hope of the Eagles reaching the playoffs has been dashed with their lackluster performance at home against the Cardinals. Michael Vick played most of the game with just a shell of his normal receiving core. Desean Jackson was inactive for the game as punishment for missing a team meeting. Jeremy Maclin was hurt in the 1st quarter, returned in the 2nd quarter but was hurt again in the 3rd quarter and did not return for the remainder of the game.

Coach Andy Reid’s decision to punish Jackson by forcing him to sit out this crucial game is sure to be questioned repeatedly. Reid’s job as well as defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s position is in serious jeopardy after the Eagle’s worst loss of the season. The defense overall was bad most of the game expect for two interceptions, one by Asante Samuel returned for a touchdown and another by Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Eagles also recorded four sacks but it was far from enough as they gave up three touchdown passes and 315 yards to Arizona’s backup quarterback John Skelton. The offense also left much to be desired lead by Michael Vick’s two interceptions including a game ending interception with only 34 seconds remaining in the game. Vick ended with a quarterback rating of 32.5 after completing 16 of 34 for 128 yards and getting sacked twice.

The game followed the Eagles typical pattern this season once again blowing a 4th quarter lead and walking away with a loss in their fifth 4th quarter collapse of the season. The Eagles once again beat themselves with turnovers, excessive penalties and horrible defense giving up 370 yards. The offensive line failed to protect Vick or open enough room for LeSean McCoy who was held to 81 yards rushing. The defense did little to slow down Arizona star receiver Larry Fitzgerald who finished with seven receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Without its number one and two receivers in the game the receiving core did little. Steve Smith had 5 receptions for 47 yards in his first full game of the season.

With seven games left this loss virtually ensures the Eagles will not make the playoffs. We can only hope the “Dream Team” wakes up from this nightmare next season and performs at a high level that is worthy of their fan’s expectations.

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