It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles have gotten off to a slow start this season, so much so that the fans who packed Broad St shoulder to shoulder during the Super Bowl parade are those same fans now irate that Coach Doug Pederson was writing a book during the off season and not preparing the defense of the title.
Now maybe this seems overly critical for a team that claimed its first Super Bowl in franchise history, but the fans in Philly have a short memory and anything short of an NFC East title will not be tolerated.
A crucial step in getting back in the win column begins this Thursday in the Meadowlands where the Eagles face off against the Giants. With road teams 0-4 on Thursday Night Football this season, the Eagles are in danger of falling to 2-4 and even with the Giants in the NFC East. The issues for the Eagles begin on the offensive side of the ball, where Carson Wentz has taken 31 hits and 12 sacks over his three starts.
Their inability to protect their star studded QB coming off a torn ACL is greatly affecting his play as Wentz is 23rd in the league with a 47.6 QBR. Now with Jay Ajayi out for the year, it makes it very difficult for the Eagles to rely on a running game unless one of the premier backs in the league Shady or LeVeon could make a surprise visit, but for now those are only rumors.
The Eagles can only worry about the guys in the room and drowning out the noise. However, on a short week, facing a Giants team that showed life last week in a last second loss, it’s a tough task.
After the Giants, the Eagles host the Panthers, then travel to London for a meeting with the Jags. The road to defend their Super Bowl clearly does not get easier.