Sunday's home-opener against the New York Giants had an uncharacteristic playoff feel to it, considering it occurred in Week 3. With two 1-1 division rivals on opposite sidelines, one team was going to leave with comforting 2-1 record and the other was going to have its hand on the panic button following a 1-2 start.
Unfortunately, the Giants outplayed the Eagles on their home turf, beating them 29-16. To make matters worse, the Eagles suffered a slew of injuries, including, most importantly, a broken right (non-throwing) hand for quarterback Michael Vick. Following the game, head coach Andy Reid was mum, offering his congratulations to the Giants and reiterating the Eagles' commitment to being a super bowl-caliber team.
"My compliments to the Giants," began Reid. "They did a nice job. Obviously, we didn't have enough big plays, and they were able to get to the quarterback too often. We have to go back and make sure that we evaluate every position on this team. Our goal, as always, is to continue to get better as a football team."
When asked if he foresaw any drastic changes on defense after giving up several big plays, Reid did not dismiss the idea. The 13-year head coach actually made a hand full of in-game personnel adjustments, most notably replacing safety Kurt Coleman with Nate Allen. Within the next several days, the specific measures that coach Reid will take to shore up the areas of concern on both sides of the ball will come into focus.
In addition to Vick, the Eagles suffered several other injuries. Starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a hamstring strain, fellow wide receiver Riley Cooper sustained a concussion, cornerback Brandon Hughes incurred a hamstring strain and left guard Evan Mathis left the game with cramps.