• Another game, another loss. On the bright side, their draft position keeps improving. If the season ended today, they’d be drafting 5th.
• Bryce Brown was highly impressive. His burst on the long TD run was a thing of beauty. He was simply faster than the entire Panthers defense. That is a run that LeSean McCoy is incapable of because he doesn’t possess that kind of straight ahead speed. If the Eagles bring in a head coach next season that likes to run the ball, the Eagles may have themselves a 1-2 punch at RB who compliment each other nicely. LeSean McCoy has outstanding lateral quicks, and Brown, at 6’0 225, would be more of your hard-running banger, but with “plus” speed.
• The concerning thing for Brown, however, would obviously be the fumbles. He had two of them last night. He also fumbled against the Falcons, and was involved in a botched handoff against the Ravens, for which he was not credited with the fumble. I looked at the tape on that one, and it looked to me like Brown was looking at a defender that was coming free, and he took his eyes off the ball instead of making sure he secured it before he ran. That’s 4 fumbles in just 51 carries. He’ll have to clean that up, but the sky is the limit for Brown. Or maybe he was just being smart – He was showing that he can play, but made sure he fumbled enough to protect the Eagles draft position. Yeah, we’ll go with that.
• As long as we’re on the fumbling topic, that was something that was a huge concern of mine for LeSean McCoy entering the season, because he often carries the ball so far away from his body (see right). He has 4 fumbles this season.
• Just because it irritates my Giants readers:
- 1st round pick David Wilson so far this season: 102 rushing yards.
- 7th round pick Bryce Brown last night: 178 rushing yards.
You may have the division all but wrapped up, but the Eagles have a more productive rookie RB so far this season. So… yeah… take that, jerks.
• Here is what the last 5 QBs have done against the Eagles:
I’m having difficulty wrapping my head around how utterly gross that is. In fact, I’m not even going to bother trying to figure out what happened on the two busted coverages that led to TDs in the first quarter. It’s not even worth the effort at this point.
• There were moments during each of the first two Eagles game where Nick Foles impressed me. I don’t recall any from last night. He also had several passes that should have been intercepted, but was bailed out by Panthers DBs with stone hands. I’ll have to take a closer look at the tape to better evaluate his game, but my gut reaction is to say that it was not a good performance. I’m leaning more and more toward the Eagles using their 1st round pick next season on a QB (Matt Barkley or Geno Smith), if they are in a position to do so.
• Jason Avant was inactive with a hamstring injury last night, and DeSean Jackson left during the game with a collarbone/chest injury. If you count Avant as a Week 1 starter, the Eagles were down to 3 starters on the offense from opening day: Jeremy Maclin, Evan Mathis, and Brent Celek.
• On Bryce Brown’s long TD run, it looked like Dennis Kelly got a really nice seal block on the edge. He may have taken out two Panthers on the block. NFL.com does not yet have its game rewind feature up yet, so I can’t confirm.
• Eagles are now -17 in turnover differential this season. The Chiefs are the only team worse at -21. They’re also now -98 in point differential. That’s worst in the NFC. The next closest team is the Panthers, at -51.
• Good to see Vinny Curry finally get on the field. 22 snaps, 5 tackles. There is absolutely no reason at all why Darryl Tapp should be playing in favor of Curry with the season down the drain, and the Eagles seem to recognize that. Just 1 snap for Tapp last night. Tapp is a great guy and a great locker room presence, but he will not be an Eagle next year.
• The Eagles’ sound guy really has to stop playing “Don’t stop believing” after the opposing team extends a lead in the 4th quarter. It’s embarrassing. Also, as long as we’re being real, instead of playing Rocky music during opening kickoff, the Eagles should play the intro music when you face Glass Joe in Mike Tyson’s Punchout: