Falcons 26, Eagles 24 – 7 Stages Of Grief

Super Bowl ticket sales have admittedly slumped a bit this morning in Philly…

  1. Shock & Denial – Eagles fans are numb this morning. This was supposed to be a rout. This was put in the Win column during halftime of the third pre-season game in Green Bay when the Super Bowl was clearly where Philly was destined after a few series of ripping apart the Packers’ defense.
  2. Pain & Guilt – The reality is the Birds are now 0-1. If you are what your record is Philly is no better than the New York Giants or the Washington Redskins in their own division…and a game behind the dreaded Dallas Cowboys (who come to Philadelphia next week).
  3. Anger & Bargaining – There are so many things to be hissed off about it’s hard to know where to begin. Getting completely outplayed in the first half by a team with a patchwork offensive line…only part of a larger overhaul of their entire roster and a brand new coaching staff. Watching Sam Bradford drop back over fifty times with those frail legs while DeMarco Murray’s image was being readied for a milk carton. (It has been reported Bradford had a precautionary x-ray taken after the game for an ankle…Murray was eventually found safe) Falcons’ star WR Julio Jones being continually (not) covered one-on-one. The missed field goal attempt at game’s end by a kicker who HC Chip Kelly assured all was fine going into the season. Not. Fine.
  4. Depression – The Eagles called pass on 24 of their first 29 plays. This looks a little like last season. What doesn’t look as familiar is the offensive line couldn’t run or pass block Atlanta defenders very well. They did hold Falcons exceptionally well. Philly gave up over 70 plays last year of 20 yards or more. They’re on track to match that. Who’s going to kick this week?
  5. The Upward Turn – The Eagles looked at times in the second half like the Super Bowl contender we all thought they were. The play-calling was spot on on offense and the defense made some big plays to keep Atlanta from a much bigger win. NFL offenses often take a couple of games to settle in and, whether it was the right thing to do or not, Philly’s offense rarely was all on the field throughout the pre-season. They were working out the kinks in the first half.
  6. Reconstruction & Working Through – Dallas will not have Dez Bryant and they had their opening day gifted to them by the Giants. The fans in Philadelphia will be fired up for the home opener against their arch-rival.
  7. Acceptance & Hope – This is one of sixteen contests the Eagles will play this season. Disposing of the despised Cowboys gets them to .500. The clunker is out of the way and the flashes of brilliance in the second half are the real Eagles. Hopefully the offensive line and defensive secondary will improve as everyone continues to introduce themselves to one another. The Eagles’ roster was overhauled by Kelly in a big way in the off-season. This is a marathon, not a sprint.  Philly is still poised for a lengthy run.
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9 Responses to Falcons 26, Eagles 24 – 7 Stages Of Grief

  1. Let me see if I can ease your pain at all.

    I’ll do my best.

    First of all, I had the Falcons plus the three in this game.

    I get that Philly ran over everybody and their mother this preseason but when has that ever really mattered?

    As we’ve discussed, I’m not quite as sold on Philly as the rest of America is. That doesn’t mean I don’t think they won’t be there in the end but installing a new quarterback, a new running back and essentially a new offense takes time.

    This Falcons team that underachieved last year has at least been playing together for a bit. That’s why I liked them.

    Will I like them as much in December? Probably not.

    Will I like Philly in December? I’m guessing yes. They have fifteen more weeks to gel.

    Your clock is ticking.

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  2. Chris, first off congrats on another underdog coming up roses! That was my point on expectations – everyone here got all lathered up over pre-season games. And at that, the starting 22 were rarely all on the field at the same time…some players hardly at all. I totally agree – and have agreed in earlier posts – the Eagles have flipped their roster substantially. But so did Atlanta. I think I saw a percentage of over 30 percent of their opening night roster being newbees. No doubt the clock is ticking…most definitely for one Chip Kelly.

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  3. J-Dub says:

    I’m in Stage 8 – Heavy Drinking. I’ve been there since Rich Kotite.

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  4. MooseBNR says:

    Sportsattitude – 1st time caller on your site. Needless to say, you’ve seen me trolling SC. I’m not a Falcon homer – just have lived here for 20 years now. The best thing I can say about your Eagles is that Chip Kelly sure knows how to keep them in the headlines / on ESPN. Marketing genius – reminds me of Rex Ryan when he took over the Jets. A headline a day keeps the masses happy (or pissed off), both of which make you relevant. What’s your over / under on another 10 wins for Philly?

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    • Moose, welcome! Was in Atlanta for couple of days in early 90’s..apparently just before you arrived. Liked what I saw from the Falcons on Monday night. Right coach injecting right attitude = righting the ship down there. Chip is Rex-worthy when it comes to headlines. You should hear him abuse the local media on a daily basis. He’s much like Andy Reid in that regard. Tells the local media nothing and makes them feel like idiots…treats the national folks better and they can’t get enough of him. Problem is he shortened his own clock on staying here if they don’t win big now. I still have them 10-6 with an NFC East title and a playoff win…assuming Bradford makes it through most of the season.

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  5. Lots of surprises so far this season. Denver is certainly keeping people glued to their seats until the last second. (May not be ugly, but it’s a win)

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