Is it time to panic?
This time around things were a lot different. Unlike back in January when the Eagles routed the Vikings 38-7 on their way to Super Bowl 52. This time the Vikings got their revenge. Led by Kirk Cousins who continued his success at Lincoln Financial Field guided the Vikings to a 23-21 victory. In Philadelphia Cousins improved to 3-2 and added his fourth 300-yard passing game to go along with a 13-3 touchdown-interception ratio. Following another frustrating defeat, the Eagles have already totaled their loss total from all of last season. With that said is it time to panic?
Questions all around
What a difference a year makes right. This time last year the Eagles were 4-1 and were soaring high. Now this year at 2-3 and the frustration building what’s next? Well for starters there isn’t much time to dwell on this game as a trip to New York awaits this Thursday as the Eagles play their first division game of the season against the Giants. While plenty of time left history is not on the Eagles side. Of the last seven Super Bowl winners to start out 2-3 only one of them has rebounded to make the playoffs.
.@eagles @vikings #Vikings whip the #eagles O-Line with a straight 4 man rush. No blitzing; No stunts; No scheme. Big on Big. If the 🦅🦅🦅 turn this season around it has to start up front. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/0pbQ6ffhAr
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 8, 2018
Something else not working in the Birds favor is the fact that Carson Wentz has been sacked 12 times and hit 27 through three games since his return. This issue isn’t just a one-week thing but an every week occurrence. Wentz is taking a beating and he’s fumbled in back to back weeks. In addition to that, the run game has become inconsistent. Yesterday the Eagles ran for just 81 yards. For whatever reason, the team isn’t committing to the run the way they should. In addition to that, the receiving core is still not there yet. Other than Zach Ertz the group appears to still be struggling. Now granted Alshon Jeffery is still working his way back but Agholor has been fairly quiet the last few weeks.
The Big Apple awaits
Now I know in week six it’s still early to be talking about must-win games but for the Eagles, this is a must win. If the Giants win on Thursday the Eagles will be sitting in last place in the NFC East. The Eagles are also now in the hardest part of the schedule. After the Giants, they host the 3-1 Carolina Panthers and then travel to London to take on the Jags. Following the bye week, four of the next five opponents will be division games with a matchup with the Saints in between.
Is it time to panic? No. As bad as things look there are still 11 games remaining. If the Redskins lose tonight the Eagles will be just a half game out of first place. For now, we can’t worry about the Rams or Saints or any other team. All three of the Eagles losses have been by single digits. This team isn’t far off at all. With more discipline and a few more plays here and there the Eagles can certainly round into form.
Starting Thursday the Eagles must turn the page. On defense yes we know about Jalen Mills struggles but collectively they need to get it going as well. Whether its benching Mills or something a spark is needed. If there are any positives moving forward the Eagles are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings vs the Giants.