Super Bowl ticket sales have admittedly slumped a bit this morning in Philly…
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.