This is not what we expected.
When last we talked, the Eagles had risen (get it?) above a poor first half in the season opener and were flying high (!) in the third and fourth quarters to soar past Washington.
But then something happened.
The Eagles lost… to the Falcons.
Their offensive line was beaten up by Atlanta’s front, yielding three sacks and producing a stingy 2.3 yards per run.
It allowed the Falcons to earn a come-from-behind victory despite Matt Ryan’s three interceptions. Why is this a concern and not just a bad game? Four of Philly’s five starters on the line are 29 or older.
Oh, and the Eagles cornerbacks continue to struggle. (It’s why they’re doing their homework on Jalen Ramsey).
And now they lose DeSean Jackson for a couple of weeks (ab strain) following a critical drop by Nelson Agholor.
Could we all have been premature in anointing the Eagles a Super Bowl contender? Maybe. But it is too early to overreact.
So we shall watch and see.
Here are some of the other big stories around the NFC East this week.
The Cowboys host Miami on Sunday.
It’s not even worth breaking down that slaughter-waiting-to-happen. But if you’re like Blogging the Boys’ David Howman and you think this might be a trap game (trap game!), read this.
(The Cowboys do have a history of falling in trap games.)
Welcome back Robert Quinn! The defensive end returns from suspension, although the two-time Pro Bowler still is dealing with the broken hand he suffered in camp.
There are other injury concerns in Jerry Jones’ glory hole. (No, not that one.)
And another missing Cowboy was rising receiver Michael Gallup, who got scoped to fix a torn meniscus. He will miss at least a few weeks.
And besides, barely legal offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is a genius.
Oh, and the roster move to make room for Quinn?
Well, Taco Charlton did say he wanted to be cut loose, right? Well, what Taco wants, Taco gets. No one wanted him enough to actually trade for the 2017 first-round pick, but the Houston Texans were at least curious, according to RJ Ochoa.
After a tough loss, the Eagles are banged up, Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation informs us. I guess 13 is a lucky number after all.
“That’s 28.3% of the active game day roster and 24.5% of the overall 53-man roster. Not great!” he helpfully reports.
The injured include some notable names — Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DT Timmy Jernigan (foot), who will each miss at least Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
RB Corey Clement (shoulder) and TE Dallas Goedert (calf) also did not participate in the Eagles’ walk-through on Wednesday.
The Eagles are so “nicked up” as coach Doug Peterson explained, he cancelled their Wednesday practice in lieu of said walk-through. Quite unusual, especially this early in the season. But it’s not unprecedented, Gowton tells us.
Since injuries are the theme of the day for the Iggles, Gowton also reports that former Philadelphia LB Chris Worley is rather displeased — “pissed off” is how Worley put it on Twitter — with how the Eagles handled his injury before letting him go in final cuts.
Any story about a player’s health is disconcerting, but it’s especially noteworthy in this instance, as Philly made changes to its medical staff for the second straight off-season.
But hey, Shamus Clancy has a solution to make Eagles fans feel better! Tailgate with Bleeding Green Nation!
And when you have a quarterback who never says die, well how can you not be stoked? Plus BGN’s Benjamin Solak drops the word “adamantine” on ya! (Look it up!)
Just what Washington fans wanted to hear: The Bears defense has no weaknesses. And guess who it plays this weekend?
Yet some in the locker room feel the team is “very close.” (Whether they believe that or not, we here at Big Blue View cannot say.)
Hogs Haven’s Mark Tyler updates us on the Trent Williams situation. The bottom line? Anyone know a good left tackle?
But hey, it’s tryout time in Washington!