Why this is their biggest game of the year
Eagles (3-8) at Dallas Cowboys (5-6), 8:20 p.m., Sunday, Cowboys Stadium
The Eagles haven’t suffered a losing season since 2007. In order to keep that streak alive, they must snap their seven-game losing streak and win their final five games, starting with this one against the Cowboys. Their goal is to finish with an 8-8 record and hope that will somehow be good enough to sneak into the playoffs. Otherwise coach Andy Reid will be gone at the end of the season.
Evaluating the Eagles
(Observations from the 30-22 loss to Carolina)
Running back Bryce Brown: Fumbles marred an otherwise terrific performance
Safety Kurt Coleman: Couldn’t come up with a big play again
Defensive end Vinny Curry: Hard to understand why he had to wait so long to play
Quarterback Nick Foles: Has yet to show much potential
Place-kicker Alex Henery: Franchise-record 19 straight field goals
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles: Bring back Juan Castillo
Evaluating the running backs
Brown got his first career start in place of LeSean McCoy, who was sidelined with a concussion. The rookie seventh-round pick made the most of his opportunity, rushing for an Eagles’ rookie-record 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He showed impressive speed during a 65-yard TD run in the first quarter. But ball security was an issue. Those two fumbles were costly. That’s something McCoy seldom does.
3-and-out with Andy Reid
Q: Does this team lack character?
A: Hopefully, we have the character on this team where guys will fight to the end. You saw that last night.
Q: Are you worried about your future?
A: I’m coaching to get ready for the Cowboys. I can’t control beyond that.
Q: What can you do to start winning again?
A: It’s my responsibility to get this team to play better. That’s all you can do at this point.
David Weinberg, 609-272-7186