It was a tough night to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan. In a nationally-television game, the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Eagles 38-17.
Dononvan McNabb couldn’t compare, performance-wise, to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Romo showed the mobility that McNabb once had. But then, McNabb wasn’t the only Eagle whose performance was subpar. The team as a whole was so outplayed by the Cowboys that it was as if a minor league team had been pitted against a major league one.
In the game’s most embarrassing play for the Eagles, Romo threw a pass to a wide-open Terrell Owens, who ran it in for a 45-yard touchdown. The play covered yards. Owens finished the games with 10 catches for 174 yards.
The Eagles didn’t play to win. With 36 seconds left in the first half, they ran one play and then let the clock run out. The play was a short pass that gained three yards. The Eagles had all three of their timeouts available, yet called none.
Andy Reid has consistently denied that his sons’ off-field problems — both have been sentenced to prison — have affected his job performance. However, something affected it yesterday. And it affected his players’ performance too.