After Thursday night’s debacle against the Bengals at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles now have 35 fumbles on the season. They have lost 21 of them. That leads the NFL. The next closest team in terms of fumbles lost is the Chiefs, with 16.
A team with fumbling issues to an opposing defense is like a wounded, bloody tuna to a shark. If they think they can force a ball loose, they will focus on doing just that.
On the Eagles’ very first drive of the game, Jeremy Maclin took a screen pass from Nick Foles. Maclin (circled in blue) is the tuna. Carlos Dunlap (circled in yellow) is the shark:
Dunlap acknowledged after the game that he thought he could have tackled Maclin initially, but he saw Maclin “running loose with the ball” and waited until he was in a better position to slap it out of his hands. Here’s Dunlap sizing up Maclin: