What They're Saying After Loss to Seattle

The Eagles' home loss to the Seahawks invites criticism and reflection from area sportswriters and bloggers in this week's edition of "What They're Saying".

The Eagles' 24-14 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday left fans and sportswriters alike in a position of reflection. Are the Eagles really as good as their 9-4 record indicates? Is this loss a sign that the Eagles aren't ready to take that pivotal next step? Does this performance put a level of concern into Sunday night's game against Dallas? Let's see what area sportswriters and bloggers are saying in print and electronic journalism in our version of Monday Morning Quarterback, "What They're Saying".

We begin with Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News who, like most Eagles fans, looks back on Sunday's loss as a missed opportunity. Using the proverbial cliche of the game against Seattle being a "measuring stick", Hofmann looks ahead and opines, "You get the uneasy sense that an 11-5 team could miss the tournament in the NFC. And because of all of those games that aren’t measuring sticks, the Eagles would lose tiebreakers to Arizona, Green Bay and Seattle based upon head-to-head record. Which makes the Dallas game fairly enormous."

Fellow Daily News writer Paul Domowitch weighs in on the Eagles' running game (or lack thereof Sunday), and how LeSean McCoy became the team's all-time leading rusher despite a lackluster performance. Domowitch rightly states as the running game goes, so goes the rest of the offense saying, "And when the Eagles don't run the ball effectively, like yesterday, the rest of the offense also sputters. The Eagles managed just nine first downs and 139 yards, the lowest total since Chip Kelly arrived in Philadelphia And McCoy spent a day that should have been one of the most gratifying of his career kicking himself."

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski believes Sunday's home loss eliminates any talk of the Eagles being an elite team. Sielski specifically recalls the fourth and 11 play near the end of the game and Kelly's decision to punt by opining, "If ever there was an opportunity for Kelly to reaffirm the rallying cry he'd offered last season - "We're from Philadelphia; we fight" - here it was. It was a stunning concession, a white flag that ran counter to Kelly's swashbuckling instincts, but in context - in this game, against this opponent - it was also a recognition of reality."

CSNPhilly.com's Andy Schwartz offers a different version of "What They're Saying" with the "they" in question being Seattle Seahawks players. Among the quoted quotables is Richard Sherman who believes the Eagles are missing the likes of DeSean Jackson telling the media after the game, "I think they miss him tremendously. He was an incredible threat — still a threat in this league. You can tell by things he's doing out there in Washington."

From high above the field of play in The 700 Level Andrew Kulp summarizes just how big of a loss this was for Philadelphia. Before detailing the many dimensions of the Eagles' loss Sunday, Kulp scribes, "The final score reads 24-14, suggesting the game was relatively close, except that really wasn’t the case. The Seattle Seahawks dominated just about everywhere but the tally. The Eagles never truly threatened. This was a blowout, for all intents and purposes. Anybody who says otherwise is only kidding themselves."

Finally, NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo looks at how the Eagles have gone from one litmus test to another with their loss Sunday. Lombardo looks at the Eagles next exam by writing, "The true test of this week will be this team's ability to bounce back from a game that has shifted the goalposts for this season from being a potential Super Bowl run to now having to fight for survival in a tightening playoff race."

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