It’s best to try to avoid any specifics on their 23-20 loss at the hands of NFC East rival Washington. “We’re just not making the plays”. That’s all he does. He definitely made No400 count, as it was a game winning pass to CJ Spiller in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. It’s just that Bradford is playing with young guys who do knucklehead things and new guys who don’t know the system, or are anything but elite.
Sam Bradford threw a ideal 39-yard strike to Miles Austin to give the Eagles the lead for the first time after an improbable comeback from a 13-0 deficit. He had just three receptions for 20 yards, including a goose egg in Week 3, prior to his trip across the pond. After his 161-combined-yard coming-out party on Sunday, it appears the Gurley Era is now upon us. He’s got things to work on, but he had a decent game on Sunday with three catches for 64 yards.
Left tackle Jason Peters is gutting it out when he’s not wearing out. So refreshing to see players ackowledge team mates instead of quote explicity rap lyrics and celebrating a sack using a sexual dance move that has no business anywhere in the landscape of professonal sports. He’s done a nice job. “I knew that (Darren) Sproles and (Ryan) Mathews are two great backs”. He’s so much faster to the hole than DeMarco Murray.
“At this point, when you are 1-3, those explanations are gone”, Sam Bradford said. A crappy, crappy division.
Technically it’s three kicks they needed to have to be 3-1. First Bradford found wide receiver Riley Cooper in stride down the middle for a 62-yard score, but new kicker Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point.
He did fumble a snap in the first half at Philadelphia’s 1, but recovered it and plunged forward for a touchdown, with the help of a push from running back Matt Jones. That’s a hell of an offense, Chip. “We’ve got to go out there and compete”.
“It’s tough knowing I didn’t do my part”, said Sturgis, signed last week to replace the injured Cody Parkey. However, that 2013 team looked a lot better than the one now under coach Kelly. But the most important thing for Cousins in this game was that he didn’t turn the ball over. His reconfigured offensive line is overrun most weeks, and the high draft picks he used on receivers Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor have yielded no immediate dividends. The run was Murray’s longest carry of the season, but he only gained six yards the rest of the way. What was the price tag on this guy?
Dustin Hopkins 33-yard field goal on the ensuing drive made it 16-13 Redskins.
-Can anyone cover Jamison Crowder?
The defense had to play more than 41 minutes Sunday, a preposterous amount. Think about that. This is just not sustainable. This team is built to play fast and aggressive and when they are winning they slow it down and get too passive. Maybe they were gassed? In a few short months, Philly went from playoff contender to National Football League bottom feeder, trailing the Washington Redskins of all teams in the divisional race.
-I hate that Chip continues to talk about his team not executing the offense. This is why you let him start the season and publicly back him as your starting quarterback. If a kicker was a football player they would be strong men with big muscles. “He’s putting us in a position to win in the fourth quarter, and we finally did that”. Which is fine with Coach Chip. “You have to execute”. When are you going to start fielding calls from major college programs? “I knew I was going to be the guy”. Washington was already a banged-up team, but it badly wanted this game. Heading into the game, Gruden told the media that his continued confidence in Cousins is helping the quarterback emerge as the long-term starter in Washington. That’s not good. You don’t want opposing special teams coaches thinking that he’s blockable. One bad hit could take this movie from “As Good as It Gets” to “Wild Hogs”. Kelce labeled the offensive line’s performance “a disgrace” yesterday.
The New Orleans Saints come to town next week. So the idea this defense blew a late lead on the road shouldn’t really shock anyone. I think when we have the opportunity to make plays, we have to make plays. The Eagles aren’t either.