Oct 252010
Eagles vs Titans

Eagles vs Titans

October 25 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The Eagles missed opportunities Sunday.

They were 3 yards from taking a commanding lead in the third quarter over a tough opponent and instead fumbled and then crumbled, eventually losing to the Tennessee Titans, 37-19.

They had a great chance to beat a second consecutive playoff contender and gain a foothold as one of the NFC’s top teams near the season’s halfway point. Instead, they dropped to 4-3 and remain inconsistent from game to game and often from quarter to quarter.

Instead of heading into their bye week on a two-week high, the Eagles dressed in Nashville quietly, several young players visibly despondent.

Individually, Kevin Kolb missed a chance to make one last argument to remain the starting quarterback. The loss wasn’t his fault, but he missed several chances for big plays and couldn’t move the offense when the Eagles needed to reclaim momentum and slow down the Titans in the second half.

Michael Vick will start against the Colts after the bye, head coach Andy Reid said after the game, although Vick said he wasn’t sure how he would handle contact once he was back. Kolb’s play Sunday – 26 for 48 passing, with one touchdown and two interceptions – did not make the coach’s choice very hard.

“You have the opportunities to put a team away, you have got to do it,” Reid said. “You can’t give good teams an opportunity to survive when you have their back against the wall, and we did that.”

The game turned on a fumble in the third quarter at the Titans’ 3-yard line. Up by 16-7, the Eagles had a first down and looked poised to take complete control, especially with their defense containing Titans running back Chris Johnson and backup quarterback Kerry Collins to that point.

But on a run by LeSean McCoy, defensive tackle Jason Jones surged into the backfield to disrupt the handoff and force a momentum-swinging turnover.

“I should have been on” Jones, center Mike McGlynn said, disappointment obvious in his voice. “I caused the fumble, basically.”

Said Reid, “It really came down to where, when you have an opportunity to really put a hammer on things, you have a turnover at the 3-yard line. That can’t happen.”

The Titans took the ball and drove for a field goal that began a closing run during which they outscored the Eagles, 30-3. Most of the damage came from wide receiver Kenny Britt, who had seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles still led early in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal for a 19-10 advantage with 13 minutes, 31 seconds left in the game. But on the next play from scrimmage, Britt caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Collins, and the Eagles would never recover.”