Five Big-Picture Takeaways from Eagles’ Week 10 Loss vs Dolphins

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Nov 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins strong safety Reshad Jones (20) returns his interception out of of the end zone past Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Miles Austin (19) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Dolphins defeated the Eagles, 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

For as much hope as there was following last Sunday’s dramatic overtime win over the Cowboys, that’s how little there is on the heels of the Eagles 20-19 home loss to the Dolphins. After surging to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter, the Eagles allowed Miami to gradually come back and take a lead that the home team could not overcome. On an afternoon that started out looking like the Eagles could march their way to a convincing win to build upon the momentum of week nine, there is once again a bevy of questions to be asked about this team’s prospects.

In addition to the loss, which moved their record to 4-5 on the season, the Eagles were dealt significant blows on the injury front. Both Sam Bradford and Ryan Mathews had to leave the game in progress due to concussions.  Meanwhile, the team wasted strong showings from both of their starting tight ends and defense in a losing effort. The fact of the matter is, and several of the Eagles echoed this sentiment once the final gun sounded, Sunday’s game should have been a win for the home team. Nothing is certain in the NFL, however. The Eagles found that out the hard way on Sunday.

It is especially difficult to evaluate a team like the 2015 Eagles. They have seemingly won and lost games in every fashion imaginable. Chip Kelly has had strong coaching performances and questionable moments, sometimes both within the context of one game. Each phase of the team has had stretches where they impressed, and others where they possibly cost the team a win. Given the dramatic roster turnover, some inconsistency was to be expected. That being said, the midway point of the season has come and gone and the Eagles still do not all appear to be on the same page schematically, execution-wise, or in terms of commitment.

Here’s some of what stood out during Sunday’s game that could project over the course of the season.