Prime-time struggles for Birds and Cutler

Prime time has not exactly been the right time for the Eagles, at least when it comes to Sunday nights.

The Birds are 0-7 on NBC since the network took over the Sunday night package. That includes the loss to the Cowboys two weeks ago.

On his radio show this week, Eagles coach Andy Reid discounted any tie-in to playing on Sunday nights, dismissing the trend and saying the team just had to worry about the next game.

But, on the other side of the field, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been awful in the team’s three night games. In those three games, Cutler is 73-for-131 (.557 completion percentage) with three touchdowns and a whopping 11 interceptions. That includes the five against San Francisco last Thursday night. His prime-time passer rating is 49.3. In five day games, Cutler is 138-for-207, with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 92.8.

Other than Sunday nights, the Eagles have won in night games, including the win over Washington on Monday Night Football. At one point in the Andy Reid Era, night games were almost automatic W's.

The Birds won 10 straight night games from 2000 to the 2002 season, including a playoff game, and then won six of eight in 2003 and 2004. One of those losses was to Tampa Bay to open the Linc.

Since then, they are 5-14, including a playoff game, but have won three of four, including last season's Thanksgiving win over Arizona, a Monday night win over Cleveland and the Monday night win over Washington this season.

There is no way to know for sure if there is anything beyond the numbers here. One thought is that the networks are trying to put the best matchups in prime time, so the Eagles are playing the tougher games on their schedule in these situations. NFC East games have been a staple of the prime-time schedule.

For the Eagles' sake, though, they hopefully can stop the trend and hope Cutler's trend continues, or the season could be slipping away.

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