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Very little went the Eagles’ way on Sunday. The Eagles were clearly overplayed by a much less talented, but hungrier NY Giants team. As we all know, games are not won on paper. Casey Matthews continues to look lost even at his new outside linebacker position. During one play, he reacted ridiculously late to Brandon Jacobs coming out of the backfield in the flat. By the time he realized that Jacobs was his responsibility all he could do is turn around to watch him go into the end zone. Michael Vick again looked like a piñata, taking hit after hit, after hit, until he broke his right (non-throwing) hand. I’ll put the blame on the offensive line there. Originally, I thought that the linebackers and the offensive line were the only areas of this team that needed a little shoring up. However, this game added another whole new list of concerns.

I’m beginning to wonder if Jim Washburn’s wide nine scheme is the one the Eagles should be running. Yes, there has been some added pressure against the quarterback compared to last year. But this team continues to get gashed for long runs, and they do not have good enough linebackers to do anything about it. Last year the secondary was Asante Samuel, that’s it. This year, they added Nnamdi and Rodgers-Cromartie. Should the Eagles maybe run a more traditional rush scheme and rely more on these talented corners? Speaking of secondary, the safeties worry me. Kurt Coleman all but whiffed on a tackle in the open field which resulted in a Giants touchdown. I also remember seeing Nate Allen get stiff armed 10 yards back at the end of a play and Jarrad Page’s attempt at an unsuccessful arm tackle. As usual with Andy Reid, this game had some suspect coaching decisions. For example,  the Eagles went for it on a fourth and one and LeSean McCoy (the lone bright spot of the game) got stuffed for a 2-yard loss, giving the Giants good field position. This Eagles team will win several games based on talent alone. But to be elite, it takes more than just talent, and the sooner they realize that, the better off they’ll be in the long run.