Sunday 1:00 Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
WR Nelson Agholor. Over the long run, poor WR play will only stunt the growth of QB Carson Wentz. So this game will be a direct indicator of whether or not Agholor has the resiliency to be relied upon in the future. With WR Jordan Matthews (if he plays), still at less than 100%, Agholor will not only be given the opportunity to step up, but he’ll be relied upon to do so. If he comes back playing the way he did before he was benched, it will almost certainly mean we are drafting a WR early in the next Draft. This game will either be the straw that break Agholor’s career, or the defibrillator that brings him back.
WE MUST CONTAIN:
DE Carlos Dunlap. If I were building a defense and I could pick any NFL players to be on it, the second DE I’d take would be Dunlap. (The first would of course be J.J. Watt.) While it doesn’t hurt to have DT Geno Atkins and LB Vontaze Burfict as teammates, Dunlap is still a complete DE who does everything well, plays under control and actually sees what’s happening around him. By no means will he be an easy assignment for RT Allen Barbre to draw.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
We’re in a rut. Plain and simple. No need to sugar-coat it, we’re in a rut. That’s not the worst place to be though. A rut by definition says that there is an upside ALL AROUND us. We have potential. We’ve seen it. There isn’t a lack of talent, merely a poor coordination of it. There isn’t a lack of ability, just a stretch of poor execution. The good news is, every issue we have is correctable if we apply ourselves to actually correcting what’s wrong.
The first thing that needs fixing is attitude. Speaking frankly, I get the feeling that there are some players on this team who are fine with how things are going right now. I also get the feeling that a lot of those players will be let go and allowed to not shine for another team next year.
Something special is being built here. It’s taking time and real growing pains. In the process of fixing what’s broken, we’re learning why things break, why they work, and how to improve them. In the midst of disappointment, we are only disappointed because we see the potential.
Time to see if we can bounce back in 2016, or if we have to wait until September.
EAGLES 20 – Bengals 17