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Philadelphia Eagles Come Out Flat, Lose 30-17 to the Atlanta Falcons

October 29th, 2012 at 11:57 AM
By Terry Bradford

 'Philadelphia Eagles Swoop' photo (c) 2009, Kevin Burkett - license: When the Philadelphia Eagles took the field on Sunday afternoon they had a new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles. When the Philadelphia Eagles took the field on Sunday afternoon they had an extra week off to prepare for the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. When the Philadelphia Eagles took the field on Sunday afternoon, the team came out just as flat as ever this season, and that resulted in a 30-17 loss to fall to 3-4 on the season as the Eagles are now riding a three game losing streak.

On the opening drive of the game, the Falcons received the ball and drove it 80 yards on a 16-play drive that lasted almost nine minutes and resulted in a touchdown. In addition, the Falcons were five-for-five on third downs on the opening drive. On the Falcons second drive of the game to close out the first quarter, they went 51 yards on eight plays that resulted in another touchdown and a 14-0 lead through 15 minutes.

For the Eagles offense, the fact that quarterback Michael Vick did not turn the ball over was one of few highlights on the day. Vick went 21-35 for 191 yards and one touchdown pass. Jeremy Maclin was Vick's top receiver on the day as he had six receptions for 33 yards as DeSean Jackson had five receptions for a team-high 59 receiving yards. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had two touchdowns on the day, one rushing and one receiving. McCoy had 45 yards rushing on 16 attempts and three receptions for 22 yards.

Meanwhile on the defensive side of the ball, it was ugly to say the least for the Eagles. The Eagles did not force a turnover on the day, and Atlanta scored on its first six possessions through the first three quarters. The first punt forced for the Eagles came with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 22 of 29 for 262 yards and three touchdown passes. Julio Jones had five receptions for 123 yards and one receiving touchdown. Drew Davis and Jason Snelling also had receiving touchdowns from Ryan as well.

With the loss, the Eagles have dropped to 3-4 on the season and will play the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans next Monday night. 

Tags: DeSean Jackson, Football, LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Todd Bowles

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