From Champs to Chumps?

The Philadelphia Eagles seem to still be suffering the effects of a Super Bowl hangover. The Eagles fall to 2-3 on the year after some paltry play against the Minnesota Vikings.

The rematch of last year’s NFC championship game was the farthest thing from a replay of the same. The offensive line has seemingly been little more than traffic cones as the Eagles fail to gain 100 yards on the ground while allowing Carson Wentz to be sacked three times. One of the sacks resulted in a fumble recovered by Linval Joseph for a touchdown.

That lackluster offense is far from being the only fault of the team. The defense gave up deep passing plays to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs setting the Vikings up to secure a victory.

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

The weaknesses shown by the Eagles today were exemplary of the entire season. The offensive line has failed to protect Carson Wentz during each one of his appearances. The running game has performed below expectations. Turnovers at the most inopportune of times have also played a part in the collapse of the former champs (see the Jay Ajayi fumble inside the red zone).

If these problems persist, I doubt that Philadelphia will repeat their improbable run of the previous season. At the current rate, the Eagles seem to be struggling to even make a decent case for the playoffs.

(Michael Perez / AP)


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