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Puzzled Offense Searches For Answers

Posted Oct 20, 2013

The performance of the Eagles offense was as unpredictable as it was ineffective on Sunday afternoon in the team's 17-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. After six games of running rampant on opposing defenses, the league's second-ranked offense managed only 278 yards of total offense and was one field goal away from being shut out by a Cowboys defense that ranked 31st in the league in yards allowed coming into the game.

Following the game, members of the Eagles offense searched for answers to explain their puzzling lack of productivity.

"To be so flat and inconsistent the whole day was surprising," said wide receiver Jason Avant, who had three catches for 32 yards. "Usually, inconsistency happens for a half or a quarter, but for this to happen the whole game was bizarre and frustrating for us. It is about going out and executing the whole game. We have to make the best of the opportunities we have, and we didn't do that today. Hopefully we will this upcoming week."

Through the first three quarters, when Nick Foles was still at quarterback, the team managed only 10 total first downs. Over that span, they punted nine times.

RB LeSean McCoy

"They're defense is solid, but we've faced better defenses this year," said left tackle Jason Peters. "It was just surprising for me that we only put up three points."

"Dallas did a good job," said wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the league's leading receiver entering the game who only managed three catches for 21 yards Sunday. "They came out and played a good game. But for us, we never got things going. It was frustrating. We have to figure out what it is and just fix it. We can't really hang our heads. We still have a lot of season left. We will figure it out and move forward."

While Foles' disappointing performance, and the questions about his health, will receive much of the focus over the next few days, the inability of the league's top rushing offense to maintain success on the ground against the Cowboys was perhaps even more troubling.

"I think the games when we struggle the most offensively are when we struggle running the ball because that makes us a little more one-dimensional and allows teams to play us a certain coverage the entire game," said center Jason Kelce. "For whatever reason today, we weren't able to get the running game going."

LeSean McCoy carried the ball 18 times for only 55 yards against the Cowboys for an average of 3.1 yards per carry. As a team, the Eagles ran for only 84 yards on 3.7 yards per carry – both of which rank as the team's worst performance of the season.

"We didn't execute at all," said McCoy. "We just didn't play well. Myself, I think that this was one of my worst performances since being a rookie. We have to get better."

The other pervading lament in the locker room was the result of another loss at home in front of the Eagles faithful. The team is now 0-3 at home this season.

"I know to come out here, we haven't even won a game at home, it's disappointing for the fans to come in and disappointing for the team," said Peters. "It's just a bad deal all the way around."

"I feel for this team and organization," said McCoy. "We put so much hard work in every week. But the fans, absolutely. They paid their hard-earned money to watch this team perform and do well. We haven't done well at home at all, starting last season and continuing to this year. We have to fix that."

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