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ANNIHILATED: Broncos humiliate Eagles 52-20 in Denver

Sep 29, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT


Well, we told you there was a chance to win. Actually, I said it, and I stand by it. I also said what actually wound up happening—an embarrassing 52-20 loss—would not surprise anyone either.

The Denver Broncos are an amazing football team, which should be fairly obvious to everybody by now. The next defense that figures out how to stop Peyton Manning and all those weapons will be the first, and there might not be a first this season. They may very well be that good.

Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns—no interceptions. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker each caught two touchdown passes, and Knowshon Moreno picked up 78 yards on the ground and a score.

Okay, the Birds’ defense is not very good, which we knew going in. However, that doesn’t explain why Michael Vick could only lead the Eagles to 13 points in Chip Kelly’s offense, nor does it explain how that same offense was outscored by the Broncos’ special teams 14-13.

Vick started off sharp, but only wound up connecting on 14 of 27 pass attempts for 248 yards—no touchdowns, no picks. The four-time Pro Bowler added 41 yards on the ground to go with LeSean McCoy’s 73, although the shifty back was in and out of the lineup with minor injuries throughout the game.

The Broncos also scored touchdowns on a kick return and a blocked punt, so we’re not leaving special teams out of this debacle either.

This was an absolute beatdown in every phase of the game. Both teams had their backup quarterbacks into the game midway through the fourth quarter, which is about as bad as it gets in the NFL.

I imagine there are a lot of angry Philadelphians right now, even among those who felt the team didn’t have a prayer on Sunday to begin with. We’ll be going more in-depth into the Eagles’ many, many problems in the coming days, but right now we’re still venting.

Expected or unexpected, this was brutal to watch, and trust me when I say it will be even more difficult to watch again and sort through the details later.

Hey, at least the Eagles are amazingly only one game out of first place in the NFC East.

  1. get real - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    ” However, that doesn’t explain why Michael Vick could only lead the Eagles to 13 points in Chip Kelly’s offense.”

    uhhh… Vick is awful, this offense can’t survive in the NFL and Chip Kelly will be gone in 3 years.

    • psudrozz - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      i agree with the former insomuch as he has a very limited style of play. he doesn’t suck. he’s marginal.

      i would wait to bail on kelly. let’s see how this team matures through the year.

    • Eagles25 - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      If you watched the game no one could get open. The Eagles miss Maclin.

  2. Matt S. - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    It is what it is. A rebuilding team especially on defense playing a road game against the undisputed best team in football right now. (I’ll take Denver over Seattle all day) This teams not a 1 year fix and fortunately neither are any of the other 3 terrible football teams in this division.

  3. fred15317 - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Well, it’s great to see that both the Beagles and the Frillies both sucked today. Can’t wait to see how the Cryers and DeepSixers do this season. Philadelphia could make history as the first city to have a Top 10 pick in the first round in each of the four major league sports. If I were a Philadelphia sports fan, I’d enjoy a long deep sleep ’cause there will never be a playoff for the Beagles, Frillies, Cryers and DeepSixers for a long while.

    • Del - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      This comment is pretty compelling, because if there’s an authority on what it takes to be a loser, it’s fred15317.

    • Captain_Awesome - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Congrats, you earned the coveted combination of *facepalm* and SMH.

    • Matt S. - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      “DeepSixers”…. Nothing more needs to be said.

  4. 2sentz - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    When’s the last time birds couldn’t win at even one of the 22 positions. Henery, Celek, Johnson, stare-down-the-receiver Vick, etc…the “small” list is of course huge. Second straight thorough humiliation on a national stage.

    But I’m saying Desean Jackson tops the list. Known for weeks as the best opponent you’ll face all year, and you rise to the occasion by running straight into coverage all day, running your mouth at everyone but the cheerleaders, and turtling up on the grass whenever a defender is within 10 yards. Or more specifically, doing exactly what he does every other game. Oh then shoots out instagrams with his personal stats. How the hell could anyone build a team around that.

    Forget about being an “elite receiver” in the league, he’s not even elite in the shitty NFC east. I’d take Bryant, Cruz, Nicks or several others over our little trash-talker any day of the week. Dude just cannot sack up.

    • Steve - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      I agree 100%. He is the most overrated player in Philadelphia right now. His play is garbage and his attitude and bone-headedness is even worse.

      • erzug - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        I didn’t hear a lot of criticism a couple weeks ago when the offense was going strong. But now everybody is not playing well offensively…including the O’line, which was supposed to be their biggest strength. If they play like that offensively against the NY Midgets next week, I think Vick will be sat down.

        The Birds need an offense that can score points via TD’s, not FG’s. Except for their faster pace and a bit more running, this offense is reminding me more like AR’s the past couple of weeks.

    • Captain_Awesome - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      I want to like D-jacc. I really do. He can be lethal, and his first few seasons were great in terms of skill and big plays. But there’s a lot of maturing he needs to do in terms of not jawing off to opponents or letting them get to him. Play the game, be the better man, and he’ll be fine.

      • BenE. - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        I want to like him, too. But if he hasn’t matured after five years in the league, he never will.

      • hitnrun - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        How ridiculous. Haven’t you seen all the pre-game segments and interviews with Derrick Gunn talking about how mature he is now? /sarc

    • Andrew Kulp - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      I think there are valid criticisms of Jackson out there. Two I don’t agree with either at all or at least not completely: 1) so he avoids contact — lots of receivers and backs do this. He’s a smaller player, he shouldn’t take unnecessary hits when he is going down 99.9% of the time either way. 2) maturity — I’m not saying he’s not a me-first guy, and he still gets caught up jawing from time-to-time, but he’s typically not getting into trouble (on or especially off the field) and he’s prepared and giving it his all. As a true no. 1 goes, he leaves quite a bit to be desired, but I don’t think he’s been detrimental to the team or anything. Just my opinion though.

      • 2sentz - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        “From time to time?” Andrew not a half of football has gone by this year without him in somebody’s face…too often after a 10-yd catch and way too often when we’re still losing. And I understand some folks have lowered their NFL behavior bar to “not getting into trouble off the field”, but not me, I expect top-tier athletes to use their fingers to catch balls and count money, not to ink ‘em up on paper a few times a year.

        Regarding turtling, sure small players do it, but he does it EVERY TIME, and often way early. On a crucial play or in a tight game, he looks like a pansy. Jesus, yesterday he actually got hurt fetaling up with nobody touching him! Pansies. Can’t. Talk. Shit.

        I’m interested in your valid criticisms, as you spend more time watching him than I do. And I know he’s not the biggest team issue by a long shot. But the “elite” guys are supposed to show up during big games, and watching those iso shots of him playing pattycake with DB’s all day, he simply didn’t.

      • willh888 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        giving yourself up with feet first slides yesterday

        Desean 1
        Vick 0

        Jackson has some tools, but giving it his all isn’t one of his strong points. That’s the nice version

  5. Mark431 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I’ve been saying for awhile the Eagles cannot win with players like Vick and Desean. People deny it, say “who’s your team,” etc. etc. I’m trying to help you guys. Maybe they can get a QB in the Draft next April.

    • hitnrun - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      If by “players like Vick and DeSean” you mean players that are too short to be elite at their position, then you’re spot on.

  6. psudrozz - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    “it is what it is”

    probably the best recap.

  7. MarkA - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The defense was horrible again, especially in the 2nd half, but if you want to take anything positive from it, the offense actually kept up with the Broncos pretty well in the first half. Yes, they settled for field goals in the red zone twice. But they moved the ball well, and had more total yards than Denver. Against the top rushing defense this season, McCoy, Brown and Vick ran plenty.

    But the TD by Welker at the end of the half just seemed to crush the Birds. They looked totally gassed in the 2nd half, a half step behind everything on defense (sometimes 3 or 4 steps behind) and on offense.

    As for Vick, he just doesn’t have much to work with in the passing game. Denver played man-to-man and no Eagles receiver could get separation. Where do you throw the ball when Jackson, Copper and Avant have a defender shoulder-to-shoulder with them every play?

    Other than that first half in Washington, and handing the ball off to McCoy, I haven’t seen this offense create the mismatches and confuse coverage like it was supposed to. Where are the stacked receiver sets, the 3 TE formations, the read-option, the unbalanced lines? It looks pretty pedestrian and predictable to me.

    • Ron - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      I totally agree with this assessment. And why aren’t we adjusting when the receivers aren’t getting open. Where are the quick drop, quick pass plays, ie what they did when foles came in?

      And, just my personal opinion, our offensive line is completely dropping the ball. Untimely penalties stalling drives, 4 or 5 guys getting to Vick too quickly. And you couple this with reviewers not getting open in man coverage, you have a recipe for disaster with this offense

  8. Bubbasuncle - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    ” Both teams had their backup quarterbacks into the game midway through the fourth quarter, which is about as bad as it gets in the NFL.”

    Yeah, but at least Foles got them a touchdown.

    • duffman - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      my backup dad can beat up your backup dad.

    • erzug - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I like Foles, but that last TD was garbage time points. It appeared as though Denver’s defense did a perfect imitation of the Eagles D. They gave up.

  9. KDogg - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Have to question Davis as D- Coordinator!! While D is clearly needing more talent , Davis is doing little to maximize what talent there is! His record previously with other teams has always been poor! Nothing different here. Choice of coach in NFL is always paramount! Look at New Orleans! Last year, worst defense statistically in NFL history! They get Rex Ryan, they are now one of the better defenses in the league so far this year! Chip make a bad decision on this hire!

    • erzug - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      I believe you mean Rob Ryan, not the Jets head coach.

  10. erzug - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    According to Bill Davis, it’s not a talent issue, but a matter of getting on the same page with the various schemes he’s asking of his players.

    • erzug - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I believe you mean Rob Ryan, not the Jets head coach.


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