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Well, the Eagles couldn’t hold their claim on first place in the division for even a full week.

Just six days later, the Birds have already been knocked back below the Giants in the standings.

Chip Kelly’s offense has been terrible all year long, there’s no getting around that.

They scored just 16 points tonight. They generated only 17 last week against the Giants. There have been slow starts in the first half in every game.

Kelly has turned one of the league’s most potent offenses into a mediocre one, and he did it by getting “his guys” into place.

Sam Bradford has been mediocre at best through seven weeks. Even when Bradford is able to make throws, the wide receivers drop them. The offensive line already had paper-thin depth, and Kelly saw fit to ignore it for the second straight year, but dumped significant salary cap money into paying not one but TWO high-priced free agent running backs, losing his 85-catch 1,300 yard receiver in the process.

And the result is what the team has become: 3-4, no better than the rest of the garbage in the NFC East, and incapable of contending with true contenders in the conference.

Thoughts From Eagles-Panthers – GCobb.com

The Eagles suffered through their traditional slow start, generating only six points in the first two quarters. A fluky play that produced a 65-yard run by Ryan Mathews provided the club with their only touchdown of the night, and failures on key plays in key moments would prove to be the team’s undoing as the offense finished the night generating a woeful 16 points.

Sam Bradford was better tonight then he was last week against New York. But how could not be? There was nowhere to go but up for Bradford after his miserable showing against the Giants.

Bradford threw for just 205 yards, failed to find the endzone, and tossed another interception. He wasn’t horrible, and he wasn’t the reason the Eagles lost this game, but he once again showed nothing to justify what the Kelly invested in him.

10 Observations From Eagles-Panthers – CSNPhilly

Ruben Frank posted his observations from Eagles-Panthers. Among his notable takes were that Matt Tobin can’t play left tackle, and Ryan Mathews should have been more involved in the offense.

Matt Tobin struggled replacing Jason Peters, especially late in the game against Jared Allen. Frank believes that if Peters has to miss any extended time, the Birds need to figure out another solution at left tackle other than Tobin. Frank offered the idea of shifting Alan Barbre to left tackle, where he had some success filling in for Peters against Green Bay two years ago.

Ryan Mathews disappeared from the offense after breaking out for his 65-yard touchdown run. Chip Kelly quickly pointed to running backs coach Duce Staley, who is in charge of rotating the running backs, but Kelly needs to have some say in which running back is getting carries, its inexcusable for him to not be in complete control of the offense.

Eagles Fall As Drops Continue – Philly.com

The biggest problem last night was the wide receivers. The Eagles had eight dropped passes tonight, including a drop by Miles Austin on the final drive that would have moved the chains on fourth down.

What in the world has happened to Jordan Matthews?

The Eagles’ second-round pick of a year ago has regressed considerably in his second season. The guy just can’t catch a ball to save his life. All season, Matthews has struggled with drops, a trend that reared its ugly head once again in the first quarter, where he let a ball slide off of his hands and into the arms of former Eagle Kurt Coleman.

Matthews dropped another pass later in the first half, and later on failed to get his feet down on a pass in the endzone.

The wide receivers have been a major weak spot throughout the season, but Matthews has by far been the biggest disappointment of them all.

The lack of production by the offense in the first half is just woeful. The Eagles have scored just 10 points in the first quarter all season, which is an absolutely absurd number.

This was a game that the Eagles desperately missed a proven number-one receiver like Jeremy Maclin…

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