The Philadelphia Eagles have made a habit of playing ugly football and winning games, but Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was a shift from the norm. Beaten by a last-second 34-yard field goal by kicker Shaun Suisham and two costly fumbles by quarterback Michael Vick, the Eagles' SB Nation blog Bleeding Green Nation is asking: Is the glass half-empty or half-full on Philadelphia's season?
Consider me a glass half-full guy right now. In fact, technically the glass is more than half full- because at 3-2 heading into next week's game, it's about 60% full.
In big scheme of things, the Eagles may have struggled Sunday but they're still in a first-place tie with the New York Giants, a team they've already beat, in the NFC East Division standings.
The biggest difference between Philadelphia separating itself from a possible playoff team to a possible Super Bowl contender is turnovers. And the player in the front and center of this problem is Vick.
Hearing Vick say that he doesn't have a fumbling problem and that it was just "one of those days"- a point that was echoed by Andy Reid- is at the heart of why he does have a fumbling problem. Vick is careless with the ball when he runs with it. He runs with the ball down at his side, he dives onto the ground with it, and worries more about getting the yards than keeping the ball. If yesterday was really just "one of those days", I couldn't kill Vick who played an otherwise good game.
Next week, the Eagles host the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on FOX.