Their quarterback, Donovan McNabb, is on pace for career-highs in touchdown passes, passing yards and yards per attempt.
Oh, yeah. The Eagles also are 4-4 and in the throes of a three-game losing streak as they head into Sunday's can't-afford-to-lose game against Washington.
Eight games into the season, the Eagles are 29th in the league in percent of pass attempts to rushes (59.6). The only three teams with more lopsided offenses are 2-6 Miami (62.2), 2-6 Tampa Bay (62.8) and 2-6 Detroit (64.6). Only the Bucs and the Lions have fewer rushing attempts than the Eagles' 189.
While the Eagles have racked up a lot of yards and a lot of points, their over-emphasis on the pass, along with slow starts in several games this season, has caused a dramatic time-of-possession imbalance that is putting a significant strain on a defense that isn't good enough to handle it.
The Eagles currently are dead last in the league in time of possession average (26:42). They've lost the time-of-possession battle in each of their last six games.
Because of Reid's fondness for the pass, the Eagles never have been a ball-control offense. They've had a bigger time of possession average than their opponents just once in Reid's seven previous seasons in Philadelphia.
But until last year, he always had a defense that could spend a lot of time on the field and still keep people out of the end zone. From 2000 to 2004, the Eagles never finished lower than seventh in points allowed. In four of those five seasons, they gave up more than 17 points in a game just five times. This year, it's already happened five times in the first eight games.
In the Eagles' most recent defeat -- 13-6 to Jacksonville before the bye week -- Reid called 43 pass plays and just 15 run plays even though the game was played in winds that gusted up to 40 miles an hour. McNabb ended up completing just 18 of 34 passes for 161 yards, 93 of which came on the Eagles' final two possessions.
"We probably should run the ball a little bit more," said running back Brian Westbrook, who is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season, but has just 97 rushing attempts. "I think we have the guys who are able to do it. It's just a matter of doing it.
"Some games we can't because we're down a little bit. So we try to throw the ball a little more. But we can run the ball. We just have to call the (run) plays. And when we do call the plays, we have to make them work. When we don't make them work, coach kind of gets discouraged with it. So we have to make them work."
The Eagles have the biggest offensive line in the league. They average 331 pounds per man. But many scouts and analysts feel they're not athletic enough to be a successful run-blocking unit.
"We're capable of doing both," insisted 335-pound right guard Shawn Andrews. "We do whatever coach Reid calls, whatever (offensive coordinator) Marty (Mornhinweg) calls, and we go with it. We've just got to come out and throw the first punch. I think that's one of the big things that we're lacking. We wait to get behind and then fight back."
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