In the wake of such a disappointing 20-10 loss on Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys in town, it's important to have perspective. Yes, the Eagles are in a deep, deep hole. And yes there is time to fix the problems in the course of a long, long NFL season.
First things first, however. The Eagles were unable to get much of anything going offensively on Sunday against a Dallas defense that stuffed the running game – the Eagles gained 7 yards on 17 carries, and quarterback Sam Bradford led the way with 9 rushing yards – and shut down the wide receivers and Bradford. Jordan Matthews was shut out in the first half. Zach Ertz had three catches and 17 yards in the game. Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor had three catches and 31 yards, while Riley Cooper and Miles Austin did not register a reception
And the running game? It went backward, literally. DeMarco Murray had 2 rushing yards on 13 carries. Ryan Mathews was a non-factor with one carry and 0 yards
The Eagles gained 226 total net yards, and had all of 21 in the first half. Eighty of the yards came on an 11-play touchdown drive with the Eagles trailing 20-3 late in the fourth quarter.
"I just feel like we're in a daze right now," right tackle Lane Johnson said. "With all the success we had in the preseason games, I thought we looked pretty good. I think people started to believe that and thought we would come out and steamroll people. That's not the case in this league. Everybody is good."
What in the world has happened to an offense that entered the season with such high expectations after swapping out quarterbacks, making over the running backs and using a first-round pick on Agholor at wide receiver?
"We're just not executing. We have penalties that kill us. First down, negative plays. When you have second-and 14 playing behind the sticks, the defense knows you have to pass the ball. It's tough to win like that," tight end Zach Ertz said.
"Things are just not going well for us and we have to right the ship."
There is a lot to fix at 0-2. Lincoln Financial Field rocked for the home opener and the defense did its part by limiting Dallas to six points and no touchdowns, the offense was out of step from start to finish and the special teams had a Donnie Jones punt blocked and returned for a touchdown early in the second half.
Adjustments need to be made, of course. Adversity is here. This is the time when we learn a lot about the coaching staff and the leadership on the team because, let's face it, nobody saw this coming. Nobody saw the Eagles' offense get shut down so thoroughly for three of the season's first four halves. Nobody saw a running game produce a total of 70 yards in two games.
Nobody saw 0-2.