Press readers share their views, via e-mail, about the Philadelphia Eagles' loss Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys.
One thing that's predictable: coach Andy Reid's game plan. Two things that are unpredictable: the accuracy of Donovan McNabb's passes and Sav Rocca's punts.
This team continues to frustrate, and after eight weeks I'm not sure anyone is really tuned in to how good they are. Another wasted timeout in the third quarter and a horrible challenge on a spot that cost them another. Kick a field goal with four minutes left in the game and no timeouts.
Pretty pathetic when you get outcoached by Wade Phillips, who looks more clueless than Reid on the sideline.
Too high, too low and too far behind are how the announcers are describing McNabb's passes tonight, and it sounds like the excuses a bachelor uses to explain to his mother why he's not married. She's too tall, too short or has too much behind. Both situations lead to very little scoring.
I haven't finished recovering yet from the Phillies losing the World Series, and now Dallas comes to town and beats the Eagles! I don't think I can take it anymore. Where's the nearest tall bridge?
Clock management, another Achilles' heal of the Andy Reid era, comes up to bite the Eagles. Having no timeouts remaining with 10 minutes left in the game is not condusive to winning many football games.
Also, the inconsistancy of quarterback Donavan McNabb was another contributing factor to the loss. In spite of what his career numbers indicate, he never seems to be able to put two great games together.
This was a very winnable game and would have put the Eagles atop the NFC East. However, like the Eagles usually do, they choose to do things the hard way.
What a monumental letdown. The only thing worse than losing to the Cowboys (at home nonetheless) is having the Phillies lose the World Series to the Yankees within a five-day span.
What - no timeouts left for the two-minute warning? Whose fault is that? At least we know he'll take the blame. ...
After crushing the Giants last week, I thought we might have something special. But it looks like another year of inconsistency - good one play, bad the next, good one week, bad the next.
I guess we should look at this game as two evenly matched teams in a grudge match fighting for the division lead. But to Eagles fans, it just feels like pain that only a loss to the Cowboys can inflict.
Too many dumb penalties. And a bad challenge call.
They did not show up like last week.
After watching a day of NFL football, I realized you cannot win on big plays only. You have to establish a running game and sustained drives to win in this league and not settle for field goals.
The ultimate goal in this game is to win the Super Bowl, and the Phieldgoaldelphia Eagles will not do this with Big Red and Donovan. Take out the big play, and this offense is horrible. We can't score in the red zone. I don't care about stats and winning percentage. Just be consistent. Win a Super Bowl, and then we will talk.
The Eagles did not play up to their potential, and the senseless penalties did not help them either. The defense in the first quarter set the way they played for the rest of the game. The punt-return touchdown that was called back for a penalty would have changed the course of the game.
The Cowboys may have won, but they were not that great. Where was that Eagles team that played last week ? Go, Eagles.
North Cape May
The Jekyll and Hyde show continues with the Birds. I don't know which team is going to show up now week to week. As good as they played against the Giants, this one looked one of these "sneak up and bite you" games.
The Birds were never out of it, but they never seemed to have any urgency to take charge of the game and make it their own. Credit the Cowboys for seizing the opportunity and getting the ball into the hands of their playmakers. While DeSean Jackson was almost invisible, Miles Austin got on track and opened the game up with his TD reception.
The the Eagles must transform from underachievers to road warriors if they are to make something of this season.
You never know which McNabb will show up. Only a four-man rush gives Romo or any quarterback too much time. Once again, Andy Ried throws away timeouts and is once again outcoached. Which McNabb will show up next week?
Win by the big play, lose by the lack of a big play. A little better coaching and a few breaks, and the outcome would have been positive.
It's 10 a.m. here in New Delhi, India, and I'm following the game on the Internet.
From what I could discern, our offense (aka McNabb and Co.) did not have a good game.
Egg Harbor Township
If that game was game was not fixed, then I am Santa Claus.
Bad penalties, poor clock management, poor decisions on challenges. The usual suspects when the Eagles lose.
They played scared the whole game. Put this one on the coach. He lost it with his decisions. Especially the challenges and not going for it on fourth down. It's really something to be outcoached by Wade Phillips. Yuck!
Team Enigma showed its ugly head again as I couldn't tell if it was a defensive struggle or lousy offense.
Wait! We've seen this rerun - bad play-calling, poor clock management and flat play after a big win. Why should Eagle fans expect any different? Oh, right. Andy Reid is a genius.
Last week everyone saw a lake of clean, clear water on the horizon and couldn't wait to run to it, only to find it was all a mirage. The only thing really there was sand in the middle of a large desert.
Every year, McNabb has one good game and gets the fans all excited. Last week was it. Obviously, the Giants aren't as good as everyone thought they were, thus the Eagles were able to beat them. This week began the reality check. Chris Collinsworth said the "Eagles have the most explosive offense in the NFL." Translation: Reid's game plan could blow up in his face with no notice. And it did tonight.
A weak first half led to more trouble in the second half for the Birds. McNabb needed to wake up after that dreadful first half, but he stayed in his pajamas.
The Eagles can't expect to win games if they cannot get into the red zone. Settling for field goals is not going to get us to the playoffs.
Egg Harbor Township
I think the Eagles can be very good if the offensive line gets its act together this season. We have so many weapons, but the bigs up front make it work.
Penalties again hurt us bad, taking points off the board and giving Dallas good field position. We have eight games left to make it right, and we play our best ball the second half of the season.
I just noticed after Asante Samuel went out injured, he was replaced by Ellis Hobbs, who's wearing Wilbert Montgomery's number 31. How does that happen? Are you telling me Wilbert's number has not been retired?!
This is like Samuel Dalembert walking out on the court with Wilt Chamberlain's 13, or Pedro Feliz running out to third base wearing Mike Schmidt's 20. What's going on here? This needs to be corrected, pronto.
Sea Isle City