The Eagles went into the desert Sunday looking to move to 3-0 against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals. But very little went the Eagles way. The offense was unable to get moving, and turnovers stifled momentum as the Eagles fell 27-6.
Head coach Andy Reid was frank in his postgame assessment, saying his team was not prepared as well as they should have been.
"Listen, (the Cardinals) played better than we did. Clearly better," Reid said after the game. "They coached better, they played better, and so that's my responsibility. I didn't have my team ready to play; they did."
For a third straight game, turnovers hurt the Eagles in key situations. With three additional turnovers, the Eagles now have 12 on the season. Quarterback Michael Vick lost two fumbles, while rookie wide receiver and punt returner Damaris Johnson lost one in the first quarter.
"Field position, turnovers, you can't play a good football team like that and have the turnovers that we've had and not have position and so on," head coach Andy Reid said after the game. "You've got to do a better job than that. That, again, absolutely is on me. And I have to get my football team ready to play. I did a terrible job this week."
The first half was a forgettable one. The offense was unable to generate any momentum and the defense was unable to come up with answers for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals offense. But after going into halftime down 24 the defense tightened up, only allowing three points in the second half. However, the offense was unable to cash in and put points on the board.
"I thought our guys came out and battled the second half," Reid said. "We dug ourselves a hole and then we didn't score touchdowns."
The Eagles were able to leave the game without any major injuries, though linebacker Akeem Jordan injured his hamstring and did not finish the game.
The Eagles, now 2-1 on the year, will head home and prepare for a primetime game against the Giants next Sunday night. Reid knows he must have his team focused and prepared more effectively than last week.
"Collectively, we all have to do better," Reid said. "When you have one of these losses like this, this is what it is. You can't point at one thing; one person. It's a collective effort. And that's my responsibility there."
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