Upon Further Review: Eagles Week 7

October, 21, 2013
10/21/13
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PHILADELPHIA -- Taking a look at four issues a day after the Philadelphia Eagles' 17-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

Chip Kelly really has a quarterback problem now: The status of Michael Vick's hamstring is unknown. Nick Foles was being evaluated for a concussion. Rookie Matt Barkley is healthy, but threw three interceptions. Kelly won’t know what his options are until later Monday or Tuesday. As for Foles’ performance, Kelly said he was “off” and the numbers support him. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Foles over- or underthrew receivers on 12 of his 29 attempts Sunday. He did not complete any of his eight attempts that traveled 15 yards or more. Coming into the game, Foles had the highest percentage on such passes in the NFL (58.3 percent). So it was, statistically and to the naked eye, a terrible drop off for Foles.

[+] EnlargeNick Foles
AP Photo/James D. SmithNick Foles' injury adds to the quarterback woes for Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
Foles was not able to discuss his terrible game, but Tony Romo was: One possible element: “It probably didn’t seem like it,” Romo said, “but the wind played enough of a factor to where, just to complete balls down the field it was going to be a little more difficult. Even when you threw them well, it was swirling. ... When you got down toward the end zone, it switches.” Foles did not have to deal much with that last part. The Eagles got near an end zone only once in the first three quarters. But it might help explain Foles’ trouble with downfield throws.

Romo also had soothing words for Barkley: After the fourth-round pick from USC threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, Romo encountered him on the field. “I’ve been there,” Romo said. “We’ve all been there. I just told him, 'You’ve got to go out and let the ball go.' The young guys who end up being successful are the ones who throw it, they see it, they let it go. And eventually they’ll tighten all that stuff up. The guys who just stand there and hold it, they don’t last very long.”

The Eagles' home losing streak is officially in their heads: The loss to the Cowboys was the ninth in a row for the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. That is the franchise record for consecutive home losses, eclipsing an eight-game streak at Municipal Field from 1936 to 1937. Even through their most miserable seasons in the late 1960s and early 1970s, even with Jerry Williams and Ed Khayat as coach, the Eagles never managed that. The first six losses in the streak came last season, under Andy Reid, but Kelly and this group now have an 0-3 home record. “It’s an embarrassment,” center Jason Kelce said. It’s hard to argue with him.

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter

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