I Usually Have To Be Talked Off the Ledge after a Loss . . .
. . . but I actually feel fairly confident after Sunday. Yes, there are several areas we need to improve – primarily the 3 S’s: Special Teams; Secondary; and Stupid penalties – but the Offense continues to improve and the Defense held the much vaunted Philly run game to only 54 yards. Not a recipe for hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, but it’s a start.
I am not only drinking the Cousins Kool-Aid, I am taking doses daily through an IV. Through 7 quarters of football, he has completed 65% of his passes, has a QB rating of 106, and put up 75 points. But what is most impressive to me, he hasZERO sacks! He makes quick decisions and gets the ball out accurately. I know, I know, it has only been 2 games - - but he HAS been impressive. The WRs looked great, and we saw how DeSean can turn a simple catch over the middle into an 81 yard TD. We may have gotten away from the running game too much on Sunday as we had 48 pass attempts and only 25 running plays, but really liking how the Offense is shaping up. Hopefully we get Reed back on the field soon to give Captain Kirk another target.
The Defense had its moments . . . both good and bad. While we controlled their run game, Foles threw for 325 with 3 TDs and no INTs. After 10 sacks in Week 2, the Skins didn’t register one sack on Sunday. Foles was untouched – well, until Chris Baker introduced himself – and had plenty of time to wait for plays to develop.
Injuries did play a significant role as DeAngelo Hall was lost for the season with a torn Achilles, and Jason Hatcher, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, Kedric Golston, Akeem Jordan and Frank Kearse were limited in practice due to injuries. Chase Minnifield was signed to take Hall’s spot, and hopefully Tracy Porter will be able to play Thursday.
Of course, the Defense only gave up 30 points, which would have been enough to win, except for our Special Teams play. How deflating to march down the field with the opening kick-off, score a TD to take the lead on a divisional foe, only to see it evaporate 12 seconds later with a 102 yard return. And Forbath is beginning to worry with me with his inability to make a clutch FG. That point was driven home later when after Forbath doinks a 31 yarder, Philly’s ROOKIE kicker blasts one through from 51 yards.
Short week as we prepare for the Giants on Thursday. We MUST pressure Eli to force mistakes. Through the Giants’ first two games he was harassed, and it showed as the Giants lost both. Sunday against the Texans, he had a clean pocket and picked apart their secondary.
I’ll take our Offense over the Giants, so the key will be our Defense and playing smart. We had 10 penalties against Philly for over 130 yards, and more damaging, 5 times those penalties resulted in a first down. If we cut down on the mistakes, I see the Burgundy and Gold winning at home on Thursday.