Among the many frustrations things about the 2012 Eagles season, one of the most exasperating aspects has been the team's penchant for beating themselves. That characteristic manifested itself in a big way Thursday night during the Eagles' 34-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. All six Bengals scores came as a result of mistakes made by the Eagles. Aside from a fumble return for a touchdown, the other five Bengals scoring drives began in Eagles' territory.
The costly turnovers began early, as wide receiver
Though the Eagles fought back to take a 13-10 halftime lead, the second half took an ugly turn. An 11-yard Andy Dalton touchdown run capped an eight-play, 40-yard drive that came on the heels of Leon Hall's interception of
On the Eagles' very next offensive play, Foles completed a pass over the middle to tight end
"I thought the effort, the guys played hard, you just can't have those turnovers. That's a problem," said head coach Andy Reid following the game. "The turnovers were throughout the game, but there were a couple of them right there where we had three series and three turnovers. You have to take care of the ball. There's nothing that I can say about that, I have to make sure the guys do it. I take full responsibility and full blame for it."
All told, the Bengals' 34 points came directly on the heels of errors made by the Eagles, including an astounding stretch in which the team turned the ball over three out of four times touching the ball and surrendered 24 points in 3:26 of game time. In the process, the team's turnover margin on the season dropped to negative 22, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for worst in the NFL.
"It was tough," said Harbor. "We were all trying hard. We kept telling ourselves, 'Alright, we're only down a score now. We're only down two scores now.' We wanted to go back on the field and do something for the team. It just snowballed for us and really got out of hand quickly, especially when I had an opportunity to come up with a big play and I fumbled the ball."
The various turnover culprits could hardly explain the confluence of miscues. Thornton, for his part, admitted that he should have fair caught the short kickoff.
"I never drop them in practice and I dropped that one when the game was on the line," he said. "I just need to be more focused. It was my fault. I lost sight of the ball when it was in the air and it was my fault, I was on the go and I need to be more focused … Definitely should have been a fair catch."
"Honestly, everything happened so fast," said Brown, who has three lost fumbles on the season, about the botched handoff that was charged to Foles. "I know that right at the exchange I'm getting hit. It was tough there. They got penetration as I'm going downhill. He could have hit Nick (Foles), he could have hit me, either or. But they did a good job of getting penetration and getting there before the exchange.
"From what everybody was telling me, they said there's not much I could have done. But I'll look at the film and see for myself if there's anything I could have done."
On the injury front, fullback
Meanwhile, Reid confirmed that Foles, who went 16 of 33 for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a quarterback rating of 62.9, will remain the team's starting quarterback for the final two games.
"I'm going to stick with Nick," Reid said.
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