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John Skelton sends Eagles to another loss

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The stakes for the Eagles were pretty clear entering Sunday’s game at home against the Cardinals.

They needed to win to keep their flickering playoff chances alive because a loss would drop them to 3-6 in an NFC race that’s jampacked at the top. They struggled to get anything going offensively all day, but still found themselves up 17-14 with five minutes to play against a team quarterbacked by John Skelton. They couldn’t make it stand up.

Skelton completed 5-of-8 passes for 100 yards (there were a couple of negative plays to allow him to rack up so much yardage) and hit Early Doucet for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a 21-17 victory. The biggest play of the drive was a 37-yard completion to Larry Fitzgerald that set the Cards up on the one just before the two-minute warning. The ball looked like it was overthrown, but Fitzgerald laid out and caught it fully extended to make the kind of play that has secured him a right to argue that he’s the best receiver in football. Fitzgerald finished the day with seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, which was just the kind of superstar performance the Eagles needed from their quarterback.

Michael Vick wasn’t up to the task, though. He completed just 16 of 34 passes and was intercepted twice, including an A.J. Jefferson pick on the final drive of the game. Vick had two more picks called back on replay reviews, drew a flag for intentional grounding and generally played a terrible game when the Eagles desperately needed so much more.

He was hardly alone in blame for another fourth quarter fold. The Eagles had bad penalties throughout the game, including a pair on the drive that ended the game, and the defense couldn’t stop Skelton when the game was on the line. You also have to wonder why LeSean McCoy gets just 14 carries, or you would if you didn’t know Andy Reid’s history on that front.

You have to wonder what this loss will do to Reid’s security, as his team has now lost four fourth-quarter leads at home this season and almost certainly will wind up wildly underachieving compared to expectations this season. His decision to banish DeSean Jackson will surely come under fire and if things get much worse it may be impossible for the Eagles to stick with their longtime coach.

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61 Responses to “John Skelton sends Eagles to another loss”
  1. eaglesandravens says: Nov 13, 2011 4:39 PM

    we…..are……done….

  2. amanistumor says: Nov 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Banner should tell Reid to stay home, indefinitely…..

  3. ihatethenfl says: Nov 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Hahahaha Philly! Dream Team!

  4. dreadpiratesteve says: Nov 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Dream Team

  5. tombradyallday says: Nov 13, 2011 4:41 PM

    guess desean can sleep in for rest of season now

  6. rcampore says: Nov 13, 2011 4:41 PM

    Let me guess what Andy Reid will say at his press conference.

    “I need to do a better job”

    “We need to do a better job”

    and repeat that about 10 times.

    3-6 :-) this is what happiness feels like.

  7. gb4mn0 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:42 PM

    It’s official now. The Egirls have taken the lead from the vikequeens as the joke of the league this season.

  8. therolandobottom says: Nov 13, 2011 4:43 PM

    Jon Gruden is licking his chops for the Feagles job.

  9. lilrob10201 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:43 PM

    Fire Juan Castillio!!!!!

  10. localbandhero says: Nov 13, 2011 4:44 PM

    People say Romo and the Cowboys choke, but haven’t at least 5 of the Eagle’s losses come from 4th quarter comebacks by opposing teams? The Eagles are the clear chokers of the division, with Vick leading the way.

  11. eaglesandflyers says: Nov 13, 2011 4:44 PM

    This season is a complete disaster. I honestly think the biggest problem (other than Castillo and the non-existent linebackers) is just having too many idiots on the team. Vick, Young, Jackson, ect… the list goes on and on.

  12. lovedabirds says: Nov 13, 2011 4:45 PM

    Mike Vick is & always has been a waste of time.

    He has never had back to back winning seasons.
    He has a career QB rating of 80.
    He has never been a guy that delivers when the pressure is on, he never comes through in the big moment.
    He has never been a guy that delivers in post season as well.

    Fellow fans, do not be blinded by his momentary flashes of brilliance, thats all he’s ever been. 5 bad plays & one good one that amazes.

    We will never win a damn thing with this guy at QB & we will never win a damn thing with Reid as coach.

  13. dalyman3 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:46 PM

    This is the biggest joke of a team I have ever seen. No chemistry. Players showing up late. Vick doesn’t know what he is doing. It is really quite comical.

  14. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Nov 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    Pigeons 1st team in NFL history to ever blow 4, 4th quarter leads at home……..

    Cry, Eagles, cry
    On the road to misery
    Sigh, Eagles, sigh
    Blow the big games 1,2,3-Empty trophy case all you’ll see
    Miss ‘em low, loft ‘em high
    And watch our Eagles die!
    Bye, Eagles, bye
    Chokers of the NFC!
    L-O-S-E-R-S Eagles!

  15. lucky5934 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    Oh I have been waiting to comment on this post since the end of the game! I can not believe they lost to the Cardinals. I mean how do you let John Skeleton throw for over 300 yards with three high priced corners like that. I mean WOW! And yeah, Andy Reid will get some heat for benching Jackson. But let’s be honest here. One, unless Jackson can jump 20 feet in the air, he wasn’t going to catch some of those crappy passes Vick was throwing. Secondly, Jackson wasn’t the one playing undisciplined defense on the final drive. Three, if Andy Reid allowed Jackson to play, he would have lost the team’s respect anyway. Only one way this story ends, and that is with Reid resigning at season’s end.

  16. phillyphever says: Nov 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    Trim the fat, fire Andy.

  17. joe3001 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    Let’s see … what’s Andy Reid going to say tomorrow at his press conference?

    “We need to do better … the coaches need to do better … everyone needs to do a better … I’m going to fix it.”

    Sound familiar? It’s been the same thing after every loss for 13 years.

    Newsflash Andy: You’ve had longer than any other coach in the NFL to “fix it”. And it’s the same thing every year! Different year, same old Arrogant Andy.

    PS – I’m sure someone will mention he has a lot of new players and a new Defensive Coordinator & a shortened offseason.

    After you do so, please also explain then the success of the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh wasn’t even in the NFL last year … took over a team with NO EXPECTATIONS … installed a NEW Offense AND a NEW Defense … and somehow he has managed to coach them to first place in their Division and 2nd in the NFC … beating the Eagles, Lions, Tampa along the way. Not just the lousy West teams.

  18. lilrob10201 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:47 PM

    As a Eagles fan I think this team is a Joke.When you see Lesean McCoy doing good running the football then you give him the ball more and why not put Nnamdi on Fitzgerald everywhere he goes ?Nnamdi was locking up Fitzgerald.Michael Vick was awful , coaching was awful , and this whole team was awful.This season is over.

  19. greengob1in says: Nov 13, 2011 4:48 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan, this is pure comedy.

  20. axespray says: Nov 13, 2011 4:49 PM

    so umm…. I guess kevin kolb got revenge or something witty and news paper ‘ish.

  21. demo3356 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, the gift that keeps on giving..Long live the Pipe Dream Team!

  22. punkyqb says: Nov 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    Karma !!

  23. howley1 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    Good thing Maclin, Avant and Steve Smith are a top 5 trio or this one wouldn’t have been so close.

  24. jaimelh02 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:51 PM

    The curse of Nnamdi Asomughua continues. Poor guys never gonna be on a winning football team

  25. woodyg says: Nov 13, 2011 4:52 PM

    -
    And in the end …..
    Eagles to Feagles ……
    Once again ……

    So long Andy ….. Been good to know ya ….. So long …… Been good to know ya ….. etc. etc.

    -

  26. frankgarrett says: Nov 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    LOL

  27. returnofmeezle says: Nov 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    Juan Castillo is the main problem. Nnamdi is a shut down corner, why was he not covering fitz all game? Andy Reid is safe, wouldn’t be surprised if they fired Castillo tomorrow

  28. Awol.West says: Nov 13, 2011 4:55 PM

    players still have to play. my damn eagles are soft and too busy looking around for someone to make a play. finally when asante samuel takes a pick 6 to the house, our offense has its worst game of the season and the defense can only do so much when vick and co. go 3 and out. not to mention we have a suspect d in the 1st place.

    not gonna lie, im confused as a fan because we’ve made deep playoff runs with lesser talented teams. this season, were top 3 in offense and scoring, and our d was actually ranked 12th coming into this game. same issues, vick holds the ball too long, reid/marty hate to run despite having the lead’s leading rusher, and when it comes to to crunch time they fold. i would love to play poker against them.

    with that said, i love my team it just feels like the universe has been tilted lol. after today, we will be 2 or 3 games out of the wildcard picture (behind lions and bears), and 3 or 4 games behind the giants. we still have a chance and all you have to do is get in, but we gotta play MUCH BETTER FOOTBALL in every aspect.

  29. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 13, 2011 4:55 PM

    The eiggles were beaten by Red Skelton HAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAH! Do the talking heads on TV like Rodney Harrison who believe the eiggles will still win the division realize that its the most wins and not the most loses that win you the division ? 1960 buhahahahahahaha!Buhahahahahaahah!

  30. mrplow3 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:56 PM

    I don’t really know why but I enjoy seeing the Eagles fail.

    I’m a hater I guess.

  31. danielcp0303 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:56 PM

    If there’s still an Eagles fan out there that thinks they will still make the playoffs…I’d like to talk to you about a fantastic opportunity you just can’t pass up. I know what you’re thinking, but this isn’t a pyramid scheme…

  32. siknutty says: Nov 13, 2011 4:57 PM

    Vick sure is earning that big contract.

  33. drew05 says: Nov 13, 2011 4:57 PM

    DeSean Jackson…Watch Larry Fitzgerald, you will never have his skill set, but you can conduct yourself with class…catch touchdowns, and walk away like you expected to do so.

    The Eagles are quite possibly in the midst of the most dissapointing season in the history of the NFL.

    Go Eagles, I’m still here…I’ll be rooting for ya!! (starting to wonder why!)

  34. omegaichiban says: Nov 13, 2011 4:58 PM

    Andy Reid run the ball. Andy Reid, don’t send a guy who can take it to the house anytime he gets the rock. Andy Reid, don’t make Alicia Silverstone (Clueless…see what I did there??) the defensive coordinator. Need I go on?

  35. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 13, 2011 4:59 PM

    I hope Kevin Kolb leased his home in AZ, rather than buying it.

  36. tigrrrr says: Nov 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    John who? Vick, get out of philly and stop holding them back.

  37. chobes68 says: Nov 13, 2011 5:03 PM

    What a disappointing year for Eagle’s fans. But for all the smack they talked before the season, its easy to not feel bad for them.

  38. 1bigtex says: Nov 13, 2011 5:03 PM

    Dream Team, Dream Team, Dream Team, Dream Team…….

  39. 1bigtex says: Nov 13, 2011 5:07 PM

    16 of 34 for 128, Zero TDs and 2 INTs. I guess with inflation, $100 million doesn’t buy as much as it used to.

  40. chobes68 says: Nov 13, 2011 5:08 PM

    Don’t know why they didn’t run McCoy 30x today. Vick is more flash than substance. But anyone who remember his time in Atlanta knows this.

  41. nooneyouknow says: Nov 13, 2011 5:46 PM

    Eagles getting into the race for Andrew Luck

  42. deenice810 says: Nov 13, 2011 5:51 PM

    The only person who can stop Lesean McCoy is Andy Reid. Vick 16-34 2 INT really 3 INT priceless! Stick a fork in them there’re done.

  43. baldingerspinky says: Nov 13, 2011 5:58 PM

    Because Vick drops passes and is heavily involved in the defense and he’s the one who hired Juan Castillo. Oh don’t forget Vick blew the coverage on fitzgerald as well. All the haters can hate. The eagles are bad every once out of every five seasons. Stuff happens. Giants will still blow there division lead and Dallas will benefit from it and lose in the first round. Stuff happens.

  44. grudenthediva says: Nov 13, 2011 5:58 PM

    Castillo has no answer when it comes to solving the offensive game plans thrown before him. He needs to tell the DL to just stand there, motionless, in protest. Make the offense come to them instead of having the rush caught up in a bunch of tricky, “unfair” blocking schemes.

    Or in other words, throw a temper tantrum like the crybaby Flyers.

  45. wordpressnamesstink says: Nov 13, 2011 6:03 PM

    Great coaches get beat by John Skelton at home all the time.

  46. lbijake says: Nov 13, 2011 6:06 PM

    You know Andy isn’t losing games for the high draft choice as he is very sporadic in the first three rounds. 6th and lower, he does well. I wonder when he will finally realize he is not smarter than everyone.

  47. fumblenuts says: Nov 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    John Skelton to Fitzgerald: Fitz finished the day with seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

    Forget Kolb…Skelton will be a MUCH more polished QB for the cards.

  48. neagle64 says: Nov 13, 2011 6:21 PM

    Poor fundamentals, flawed offensive and defensive schemes and I imagine a lot of finger pointing in the locker room = a well deserved 3 and 6 record. It would be a big mistake by Lurie not to make some wholesale changes next season. I’ve been a fan since 1977 and I’ve almost had enough…

  49. tailgatessportsbarandgrill says: Nov 13, 2011 6:31 PM

    DeSean Jackson needs to shut his mouth and play football like all the rest of the players with contracts!
    Andy Reid(Rich Kotite) needs to get out of town because you don’t have control of your team anymore!
    McCoy can’t do everything! Your doing a great job!
    Hello Gruden!

  50. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2011 6:34 PM

    100 million for a gimmick “QB”, what a colossal mistake.

  51. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Nov 13, 2011 6:39 PM

    Eagles-Colts would be a great chance for Colts to get a win.

  52. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:08 PM

    Losing at home to Skelton pretty much means your season is rightfully over.

    Eagles need to sign McCoy and be rid of Andy Reid and DeSean Jackson. The coach has no choice but to sit you if you miss a meeting, otherwise he loses the locker room. With that group of personalities they have there they couldnt afford that. Michael Vick is who most of us thought he is. A great fantasy football QB and a mediocre real life QB

  53. vergaking82 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:23 PM

    As an eagles fan i am dissapointed to see this team not have the sence of urgency to be winning it seems like they have no hart, no disire to win, they always come out playing bad football its seems like they dont prepare well, to me is andy he doesnt do get this team ready to play, i think is time him and all the coaching staff has to go.. but its not gonna happed thats the fustrating part about all this there is not gonna be a change. God help us.WOW!!! we lost to the cardinals.

  54. westcoastredbird says: Nov 13, 2011 10:19 PM

    Yo Philly,

    Derek Anderson is available from Carolina! A 7th round draft pick in 2025 and a cold philly cheesesteak could get it done.

  55. golonger says: Nov 13, 2011 10:44 PM

    Reid should be fired just for having faith in Vick…give me a break….when are these people going to wise up and realize Vick is a total loser……

  56. richm2256 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:01 AM

    Michael Vick:”How you gonna stop me?”
    ——————————————————–

    Umm, let you play quarterback?

  57. MadDog Rickles says: Nov 14, 2011 12:07 AM

    the pitchforks are back out in Philly

  58. diablito0402 says: Nov 14, 2011 6:48 AM

    $100 million huh? Wow, bad investment

  59. shaggytoodle says: Nov 14, 2011 7:34 AM

    They went from Dream Team talking about the superbowl, to lucky to get .500 and the toilet bowl.

  60. kellenmcclain says: Nov 14, 2011 9:14 AM

    Only the second most embarrassing football program in Pennsylvania. Good job!

  61. westclaims says: Nov 14, 2011 10:46 AM

    I can’t stop laughing. Reid was so sure they could win, he benched Jackson. Some Eagles fans were so sure it would be a party Sunday…it’s just the Cardinals after all right? They could never beat the Eagles in Philly right?

    How funny, and how cool.

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