Eagles disappointing, but so is NFC East
On the radio, analyst Mike Quick said Jeremy Maclin's 70-yard touchdown, which gave the Eagles a 10-point lead with just over five minutes to go, should seal an Eagles victory. Unfortunately Mike was wrong and it wasn’t pretty seeing the wheels completely fall off.
After Maclin’s touchdown, the Lions outscored the Eagles 13-0 and outgained them 180 to minus-15. It is the kind of loss that can come back and haunt a team, but fortunately no team has taken the NFC East by storm through the first six weeks. At 3-3 heading into the bye week, the Eagles are one game back of the first-place Giants in the division.
Washington is also 3-3 and next week the Redskins visit the Giants, who are already 0-2 in the division, including a loss to the Eagles, which is the most encouraging thing the Eagles have going for them.
I have to admit I’m surprised at how poorly Dallas has played. The 2-3 Cowboys came out of their bye week losing to the Ravens in Baltimore and next week travel to Carolina. Like the Eagles, the Cowboys have a win over the Giants but not much else to brag about. Ironically, a win over the Panthers and Dallas will be tied with the Eagles, which is not saying much.
The NFC East always seems to produce quality, playoff-tested teams by the end of the season, but with the exception of the Giants, who picked up a huge win at San Francisco on Sunday, the division is not all that impressive.
That includes our hometown Eagles, which have to be one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL through the first six weeks of the season.E-mail Neil Hartman at firstname.lastname@example.org