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What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles after their Monday night loss to the Bears:

What they're saying about the Eagles

Andy Reid argues with the line judge in the second quarter. (David<br />Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Andy Reid argues with the line judge in the second quarter. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles after their Monday night loss to the Bears:

SI.com's Don Banks has the Eagles 16th in his power rankings:

About last week. I could not have been more wrong regarding the Eagles and where I saw them headed. I offer a thousand mea culpas, with a few dozen pardons sprinkled in. After the Eagles let yet another fourth-quarter lead get away at home, this time against Chicago on Monday night, Philly's road to the playoffs grew considerably in its degree of difficulty. This is the last time I will have the Eagles peeking their noses above the bottom half of our rankings if they fail once again.

The Eagles drop to 16th in ESPN.com's power rankings:

After losing to Chicago on Monday night, the inconsistent Eagles are three games behind the Giants and one of this season's biggest disappointments.

ESPN.com's John Clayton gives the Eagles a C for the first half of the season:

Dream team? Not even close. The Eagles' season is quickly becoming a nightmare. Blame it on an out-of-sync defense and Michael Vick's inconsistency.

Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Eagles 17th:

You got to catch that ball at midfield before the half, Jeremy Maclin. Huge moment in a 17-10 game. People tend to forget those plays right before half, but that catch could've ignited a drive to either tie the game or at least get a significant field goal before halftime. Then there was his stumble on fourth down at the end of the last Philly possession. Two huge events in a game with significant playoff implications.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com has LeSean McCoy in the running for Offensive Player of the Year through the first half of the season:

McCoy is tied for the league lead in touchdowns, leads it in rushing and leads it in first downs. In short, he's a load.

Judge also names the Eagles his most disappointing team:

The Eagles made a zillion moves in the offseason to acquire the talent necessary to catch Green Bay. But it's not the Packers they're chasing. It's the Giants and Cowboys. More proof that chemistry always wins out over talent.

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com agrees with him:

How can the "Dream Team" be 3-5 at the midway point? Their playoff dreams are turning into a nightmare. Runners-up: Chargers, Chiefs.

Brian Billick of FoxSports.com has the Eagles 17th:

The Eagles didn't record a single sack against Jay Cutler Monday, and that is a bad sign for a defense that is built to get after the quarterback. They were able to come up with some key turnovers, but even that wasn't enough to stay on top. Based on NFL history, the Eagles only had a five percent chance of making the playoffs anyway, and now even that is a pipe dream.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com gives the Eagles a D- for their first-half performance and calls Nnamdi Asomugha the team's biggest disappointment:

The signing of free-agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha was supposed to give Philadelphia the NFL’s best secondary. Asomugha, though, has become mortal while being used in more zone coverage than he played in Oakland. Asomugha also committed a key pass interference penalty on what proved the game-winning drive in Monday night’s 30-24 loss to Chicago.


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