Sunday, October 27, 2013
Add TD drought to Eagles' losing streak
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in the middle of two dubious streaks, each difficult to fathom.
Their offense, the centerpiece of Chip Kelly’s plan to rebuild the 4-12 team he inherited, has not scored a touchdown in two weeks.
Meanwhile, the team has lost 10 consecutive games at Lincoln Financial Field, extending the franchise record set last week.
“I didn’t think that would ever happen,” guard Todd Herremans said of the offense’s futility. “But it did. We have to figure out what to fix. Our offense got shut out the whole game. We have to pick up our side of the ball and score points.”
“I don’t really think I can (explain it),” tight end Brent Celek said. “It’s terrible. Obviously it’s something that’s got to get fixed. When we’re down on the 2-yard line, we’ve got to score. We can’t have things like that. We’ve got to fix it. We’ve got to fix it fast.”
“It’s embarrassing now that we can’t put points on the board,” guard Evan Mathis said.
The home losing streak is another sore subject. The Eagles beat the Giants here on Sept. 30, 2012. They lost their last six homes games under Andy Reid. But then, they lost most of their road games, too. That’s how you get to 4-12.
But this is a new era. Kelly still hasn’t won a game at the Linc. He and this team are 0-4, with losses to San Diego, Kansas City, Dallas and the Giants. It is no surprise, then, that fans were booing the Eagles offense after the third bad series of this game.
“I’m pretty pissed,” Celek said. “I’m about as angry as you can be after a game. It’s embarrassing to be at home and have that happen. The fans, they’re pissed. I would be pissed, too. It’s ridiculous.”
The Eagles are on the road for their next two games, at Oakland and Green Bay. They come home for three in a row after that, with their bye week mixed in. Their next opportunity to end the home losing streak is Nov. 17, against Washington.
Who knows? Maybe they will even have scored a touchdown or two by then.