GLENDALE, Ariz. – As if you haven’t heard this before: The Eagles played a football game on Sunday and couldn’t avoid giving the football away. Against the Cardinals, unlike in the first two games, the Eagles couldn’t overcome their stumbles in a 27-6 loss.
An impotent offensive start and poor first defensive series led to a 3-0 Arizona lead and then
Arizona used 8 plays to drive the 38 yards, scoring on a Kevin Kolb pass that was deflected and nearly intercepted by linebacker
Then, the Eagles had something going after a 34-yard
It mattered because the Eagles had a three-and-out offensive series the next time they had the ball and
The worst turnover was the one that ended the first half, when on a third-and-goal snap with 6 seconds left on the clock, Vick was sacked on a vicious blindside hit by safety Kerry Rhodes, lost the ball and watched as James Sanders scooped it up and ran 93 yards down the left sideline for the score as Arizona took a 24-0 lead into halftime.
The Eagles now have 12 turnovers, by far a league high. They are minus-6 in the giveaway/takeaway category, one that generally indicates with great accuracy how many games a team wins.
What is the solution moving forward?
Head coach Andy Reid stuck to his “we need to put players in the best position to make plays” stance, but it has to be more than that. Are the players trying to do too much? Is it just bad luck?
“I don’t know what it is,” said tight end Brent Celek, “but I know that if we want to be a good team, a great team, we can’t turn the ball over. We’re three games into the season. If you look at it from the standpoint that we have so many turnovers, yeah, it’s alarming. We have to get it better right away.”
Even with an offense working with a line playing together for the first time –
Nothing worked. The Cardinals effectively blitzed Vick and forced a slew of hurried throws.
“It’s a mindset, turning the ball over,” said running back
On this Sunday, unlike the previous two, the Eagles couldn’t overcome their errors. If there is a bright side, it’s that they turned the ball over 5 times in Cleveland, 4 times against Baltimore and then 3 times in Arizona. Maybe the team is trending in the right direction.
“If we do that against the Giants,” said Celek, “they’re going to take advantage. We have to get it straightened out right now.”