By Eric Jacinto
On Tuesday afternoon, was the NFL's trade deadline and the Philadelphia Eagles made a big trade acquiring Wide Receiver, Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 Third round pick. Since 2012, Tate hasn't missed a single game, he's sixth in receptions and seventh in receiving yards. His stats so far this season are: 44 recs/517 yards/3 TDs.
The Philadelphia Eagles, were in control against the Carolina Panthers for the first 45 minutes (three quarters) and went into the fourth leading 17-0. The Panthers, offense was nonexistent for three quarters and then all of sudden in the fourth quarter, Cam Newton and the offense finally started moving the ball and scored their first touchdown in the fourth. The Eagles lead 17-6 after a missed extra point by the Panthers.
The Eagles got the ball back and had to punt the ball after six plays and had the ball for nearly four minutes. Then Cam Newton, lead a seven-play, 87-yard touchdown drive (TD Pass to Devin Funchess from Cam) in 2 minutes and 44 seconds and the Eagles lead 17-12. The Panthers, went for two and got it and the Eagles lead 17-14 with less than five minutes left.
The Panthers, got the ball after a three and out by the Eagles with less than 2:30 minutes left in the game. Cam and the Panthers started at their own 31-yard line and in only 55 seconds, in ten plays the Panthers scored a touchdown (TD Pass to Greg Olsen from Cam) to take the lead. It was 21-17 with 1:17 left and on the second play of the drive Carson Wentz threw what appeared to be an interception by Eric Reid (it was called an interception on the field) by overturned after replay review.
With just 31 seconds left in the game on 4th down the Eagles had the ball on the Panthers 14-yard line, Carson Wentz, was sacked by Julius Peppers and he fumbled the ball in the process and it was recovered by Kyle Love. The Panthers, won the game 21-17 in a fourth quarter comeback that shocked many Eagles fans including myself.
Big E's View: The Eagles come up short as they lose to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Rematch
By Eric Jacinto
This is Big E's View formerly known as Birds Eye View. Yes I've changed the name again and decided to use my nickname.
The Eagles, fall short of the come back after being down 20-3 early in the second half as they lose 23-21 to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship rematch. This was their second straight lost and third of the season as they fall to 2-3.
By Ryan Waterman
Is it too late for the plot-twist ending, where we wake up, revealing the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles season to be nothing more than a bad dream? As much as we'd love that, it's far too late for that.
The defending Super Bowl champs nightmarish season took a devastating blow on Monday with the news that starting running back Jay Ajayi has been placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL, ending his 2018 campaign, and quite possibly his career as a Philadelphia Eagle.
As much of an unfortunate situation it is for Ajayi, it's equally as devastating for the Eagles organization. The Birds have spent a large portion of the season thin at running back, with Darren Sproles missing the last month with injury, and Corey Clement dealing with a hamstring injury. Suddenly, they now find themselves without their best running back. With Sproles still rehabbing, and Clement working his way back into form, the Eagles are now left with a healthy Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams to lead the backfield.
Following back-to-back crushing losses, coupled with this devastating injury, the Eagles suddenly find themselves facing an unexpected crossroads.
A report surfaced earlier this evening that the Eagles restructured the contract of defensive lineman Fletcher Cox this past Friday, freeing up an additional $6.5 million in cap space for this season, and opening up a sizable $11.7 million for the 2019 season. This immediately led to speculation that the Eagles could pull the trigger on a highly-anticipated Le'Veon Bell trade. While it's still possible, ESPN's Adam Schefter was quick to pour water on that fire, citing a source with knowledge of the Eagles plans who claimed "it's 100 percent misleading to think Cox's restructuring was done with Le'Veon Bell in mind."
So, that now begs the question. If Le'Veon Bell is truly not in the Eagles plans for this season, then what's next moving forward?
One strategy could be for the Eagles to use their now $10 million in cap room to bring in some reinforcements and attempt to right the ship in hopes of another Super Bowl championship. If Howie Roseman opts for this strategy, there are a few holes that could use some plugging -- obviously beginning at running back. There are a plethora of options that would be able to provide immediate help to the Eagles.
Let's begin with the one that is currently on everyone's mind, and that's Le'Veon Bell. It's no secret that Bell's not happy in Pittsburgh, that much has been cemented with his holdout lasting this far into the season. Bell was said to be reporting before the Steelers opening game against the Cleveland Browns, but he no-showed. Little's been known regarding his status before a couple weeks ago, when reports began to surface that Bell would report to the Steelers during their Week 7 bye. That's all fine and good, as Bell needs to report by Week 10 at the latest to be eligible for free agency in March. Unfortunately, with James Conner seemingly firmly entrenched as Bell's replacement, it's not much of a surprise that Pittsburgh's open to trading the All-Pro. Their asking price has been reported as "a 2nd-round pick, and a 'good' player." Whether that is true remains to be seen, but if the Eagles are serious about a repeat, this is the best move that the team can make. Adding a player of Bell's caliber to this offense would add an explosive dimension that hasn't been seen since the days of LeSean McCoy.
By Ryan Waterman
Of the seven defending Super Bowl champions to begin their next season with a 2-3 record, a single team, the 1996 Dallas Cowboys, have made the postseason. Mathematically, the odds are astronomically against the Philadelphia Eagles following a devastating 23-21 loss in a rematch of the NFC Championship with the Minnesota Vikings.
I don't even know where to possibly begin with this game. To best sum it up, the only thing that comes to mind is that the Eagles crumbled. The box score may not show it, the final score won't show it, but I'll be damned if anyone's going to suggest otherwise. No specific area of their performance stood out as worse than the others, it was simple an all-around atrocity of a performance by a team that should be embarrassed by their current level of production.
So, one week after initially asking the question, we find ourselves asking it once again...what is wrong with the Philadelphia Eagles?
Well, let's begin right at the top. The first one under the microscope is none other than the Master Magician, Howie Roseman. Much of the credit for last season's championship has been awarded to Howie, and rightfully so. However, the offseason that followed was a little more than questionable. Yes, while it may be true that you can't retain every free agent, there's at least one that Howie let walk, which has proven to be costly in many a situations this season. That name has to be LeGarrette Blount. Blount tips the scale at 247 lbs, and uses every bit of that frame when running, plowing through defenders with ease. The Eagles current crop of RBs consist of four that surpass the 200 lb threshold, although not one surpasses 225 lbs. The lack of Blount's power-running style has been a key in the Eagles slow-start this season, as they've struggled to get a run game going on third-and-short situations, as well as in the red-zone.
One can also argue that the lack of a replacement for Mychal Kendricks have proven costly at times, which sure enough, also falls on Roseman to a degree. Back in April's draft, the Eagles held the 32nd overall pick. When their pick came up, two names sat up there that were of interest, and those were Darius Leonard and Harold Landry. Instead of opting to fill what would become a major need, the Eagles opt to trade out and acquire additional picks, the first of which ended up being Dallas Goedert. This is not meant to be a dig against Dallas in any way, it's just meant to be the Eagles need at linebacker under a microscope. I believe Goedert has a successful career when the Eagles finally opt to fully involve him in the offense, I simply question whether that was the smart pick when Zach Ertz is already firmly entrenched as the starting tight end for at least a few more years. It certainly comes off as a head-scratcher, especially after seeing how both Landry and Leonard played in their respective games against the Eagles.