Eagles Fall to Bengals in Prime-Time Disgrace

The Bengals scored 31 points off five Eagles turnovers. That was the story of the game and really, the story of the season: the wheels have fallen off the bus.

What's to be said about a game like Thursday night's?

The Eagles fell behind 10-0 early to the still-in-the-playoff-hunt Cincinnati Bengals. Then, powered by a rejuvenated defensive line, they fought back admirably, scoring 13 unanswered points.

But even that reversal of fortune only turned two fumble recoveries into six points. The defense continued to play well, but its effort was rendered moot by an unprecedented comedy of errors in the third quarter.

Between the offense and the always-undependable special teams, the Eagles turned the ball over four times on five plays. That is nearly impossible to do, but this 2012 Eagles team is capable of remarkable futility. The Bengals capitalized on the shortened field position, and by the time it was over, they had crafted a blowout win, 34-13.

Foles played only fairly, but it was difficult to adequately grade him; the offense rarely had the ball in the second half amid its turnovers. Bryce Brown was extremely unproductive for a second straight game. He did not get good blocking from the offensive line, but he also fumbled yet again. He has to be in the doghouse—so far.

A young player who has looked very good lately is DE Brandon Graham. With two-and-a-half sacks last night, he now has four takedowns in his last three games in an expanded role after Jason Babin was jettisoned. Graham was the lone bright spot on a very dark night.

Watching this team, one gets the feeling it is just broken. It finally figures out the defensive line problems, netting a season-high six sacks—and the outcome is no different. Any Eagles fan that was worried about a late-season winning streak allowing Coach Reid to keep his job need not fear after the latest chapter in the embarrassing book authored by this 2012 Eagles team. 

The atmosphere at the Linc is now depressing, especially when contrasted with the rabid energy that has existed there in seasons past during late-season games. The PA system was back to normal levels tonight. Management did not have to worry about drowning out boos because the fans no longer care enough to bother booing.

Eagles fans right now should be enjoying meaningful games, watching the scoreboard, rooting while their team fights for the division lead. Instead, every Eagles fan is wishing for the season to be over. It is a sad turn of events.

We can only go up from here. The first step is hiring the right coach to lead this team back to respectability. Right now, they are a laughingstock.  

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Porterincollingswood December 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Honestly, the personnel was put together like a fantasy football team. I know that sounds like a cliche, but I agree that NO thought was given to how these guys would fit together. Not ready to trash Howie, an easy target for many, because I did see a very strong 2012 draft class. And this is why it is an awful idea to have coaches at one place for so long. Sooner or later they (understandably) go into "win now" mode. Guys like Reid know the clock is ticking. Guys like Parcells in Miami know they're close to retirement. These guys can't be expected to build for a future they won't be a part of. So they fill the team with mercs and don't emphasize building through the draft. And it sets the team back years.
Bo December 18, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Check out this clip of Deion fawning over him at the pro bowl 2 years ago on NFL network. Deion told him he was hands down the best CB in the league. Nnamdi talks about his acting career, and many more classic comments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA_DbKlOD80
Mike Diviney December 18, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Oh man, no more of this guy. Go be an actor because you sure aren't a football player anymore. Somehow, we got him just as he hit a HUGE wall.
Bo December 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Yeah right, my question is why hasn't he acted like a football player these past two seasons. I love it when he talks about the undisciplined play of his fellow Raiders in that clip. The topper is when he reminds the viewer that he once was a safety, and familiar with different zone coverages and the responsibilities others in the secondary depending on coverage.
Mike Diviney December 21, 2012 at 04:02 AM
That's great- so ironic. In addition to his inept play, he's had more instances of confusion leading to opponent's wide open TD's than any safety I've ever seen. I'm sure it's not just him, but he's supposed to be the man. That said, he's always the guy chasing the guy as he scores. Julio Jones ran a go route and blew by him. When he shied away from contact a couple weeks ago at the goal line and was caught clearly on tape doing so, that was it for me- he's gotta go!


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