Eagles' Defense Is The Problem In 45-21 Loss

The Eagles are officially in trouble as their record fell to 5-6 after an embarrassing 45-21 loss in Indianapolis Sunday night. Once again, the defense had little effectiveness against their opponents running game.

Remember way back when, when the Eagles were 4-2? It seems a lifetime ago. Now, after a 1-4 span, they're under .500 and the playoffs seem to be something that they'll only be watching from the comfort of their living rooms.

The latest setback was ugly, as the Birds suffered a 45-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The good news was that Jeff Garcia wasn't a total loss at quarterback, but he would have had to be Peyton Manning to help the Eagles overcome another disastrous defensive showing.

Actually, Manning wasn't the biggest issue for the Eagles. Instead, Indianapolis used their ground game to inflict the most damage. Rookie Joseph Addai had a career-high 24 carries, resulting in a career-high 171 yards. Of course, considering that the Eagles had given up 200-plus rushing yards in two of their last three games, it probably wasn't tough to see that this might have been the outcome.

Addai had three touchdowns in his first ten carries as the Colts jumped out to a 31-14 lead. He finished the night with four rushing touchdowns.

Garcia completed 19 of 23 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns, but fumbled late in the fourth quarter, resulting in a touchdown by the Colts' defense. The play also ended Garcia's night as he suffered a strained shoulder and was taken out of the game. The injury didn't appear to be serious and head coach Andy Reid believes that Garcia will be able to start Monday night when the Eagles take on the Carolina Panthers, who are coming off a loss to the Washington Redskins.

A.J. Feeley came on after Garcia's exit and completed four-of-five passes for 21 yards in his short stint.

Brian Westbrook also had another good offensive night for the Eagles. Westbrook carried 20 times and went over the 100 yard mark for the third straight game, finishing the night with 124 yards.


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