What They're Saying After Eagles Win & Losses

Area writers take on Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, DeMeco Ryans and more the day after the Eagles win in Houston.

When is a win really a loss? It's a question being kicked around by more than a few Delaware Valley scribes this Monday.

The Eagles beat Houston, 31-21. Combined with a Dallas loss to Arizona, the 6-2 Birds are in first place in the NFC East, but it sure doesn't feel that way after losing linebacker DeMeco Ryans for the season with an achilles injury and quarterback Nick Foles for an undetermined amount of time with a broken collarbone.

So, what are the columnists and pundits that follow the Eagles day in and day out writing about after the events of Sunday? It's time to find out "What They're Saying"?

Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer says for a guy who hasn't thrown a meaningful NFL pass since 2012, Mark Sanchez looked good Sunday. He goes on to summarize the Eagles victory as "just another win on another day in which a lot of things went wrong."

NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo believes you won't see many changes with Mark Sanchez starting at quarterback. Lombardo opines, "It isn't quite 'plug and play'...but Mark Sanchez has the requisite skill-set and knowledge of what it takes to thrive in this scheme."

The 700 Level's Andrew Kulp pumps the brakes on Foles' injury starting a quarterback controversy. While saying "if nothing else, Sanchez gives the Eagles a chance to win", Kulp chastizes fans who think Foles injury is a good thing saying "it's generally poor form to bask in a player's injury."

The Philadelphia Daily News' Rich Hofmann laments about the season ending injury to DeMeco Ryans. He goes on to say that Ryans served as "the leader" of this Eagles' defense calling him "calm, stable, universally respected" with a "presence more difficult to replace than the player".

Kevin Callahan of the Courier-Post offers the ups and downs of the Eagles' victory. One of the downs discussed is turnovers. "Think about it," Callahan scribes, " if (the Eagles) don’t turn the ball over anymore in the second half of the season, they still will have more turnovers than all of last season."

And, Ed Kracz from the Bucks County Courier Times provides his likes and dislikes from Sunday on the field. Kracz gives a thumbs down to Josh Huff citing that once again "he committed a mistake that caused a turnover" despite having "the most productive game of his career".


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