2012 NFL Week 5 Recap, Analysis: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Philadelphia Eagles have pretty much lived this way the entire season. They’ve been walking a tight rope, but in this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they came out on the wrong end of the 16-14 result. This time, the dude made the final kick. It was familiar problems for the Eagles, which is what makes this all the more frustrating for Eagles fans. So, let’s look at the game:

What I liked…

-I’m telling you right now this section will be brief.

-The Eagles only had five penalties for 35 yards. That’s manageable.

-Brandon Graham was the most active defensive end today. It looks like they may get something out of him after all.

…and not so much…

-Can Nick Foles be the guy to lead this football team? I don’t know. What I do know is that Michael Vick can’t. Three more fumbles, two were lost and one he lost at the Steelers’ one-yard line. That is unacceptable. He has 11 turnovers in five games. Again, unacceptable. That is not championship football. And I’m tired of hearing him talk about how he needs to protect the football better. Clearly, he has no interest in protecting the ball. If this continues next week and they lose to the Detroit Lions, we could see a new QB after the bye week.

-This offensive line is fairly putrid. I think we’ve seen the blue print for getting to Vick: Blitz. They don’t pick it up as someone always seem to come free. Especially with backs that don’t pick it up particularly well.

-One might think this would cause someone to run more screens and dump it behind the blitz. That is apparently not the case.

-Where is the pressure from the defensive line? Where is Jason Babin? Trent Cole? No sacks on Ben Roethlisberger? None? Really? The Steelers o-line stinks and Ben is prone to holding the ball too long. Shouldn’t that result in sacks? Apparently not.

-One might think this would cause someone to mix it up and bring heat from different directions. Apparently not.

-Mat McBriar is pretty poor. When they needed a bomb, he failed. When they needed him to pin the Steelers down, he put it into the end zone. It didn’t even bounce into the end zone. It landed in the end zone. Great.

-And I would love to know who is coaching Damaris Johnson on punt returns. Put your heels on the 10 and let it go over your head! He continues to catch punts inside the 10-yard line. He is an opposing punter’s dream.

-The Steelers kick return game is poor. You wouldn’t know it though as the Eagles gave up another big one. I swear I could just copy and paste these columns from week to week and just change the team names.

-On the other side, the Eagles failed to have even one decent kick return. Again. Is this all on Bobby April or do they need to find a legit kick returner? Why not give Mardy Gilyard a chance? What’s he going to do…stink? Heaven forbid.

-When Ben needed to convert a big third down, he did. Repeatedly.

-Nnamdi has gone from shut-down corner to getting picked on.

-So Vick loses two fumbles and Andy still calls a QB draw for him? In what world does this make a lick of sense?

-Where are the big plays on defense? One – just one – probably wins the game today. No fumbles, no interceptions, no sacks. I still don’t even have a grasp on the identity of this defense. I can’t imagine this is what happens when offensive line coaches are put in charge of the entire defense.

Overall, it’s not the end of the world to go into Pittsburgh and lose. It’s just extremely frustrating at how they lost. I do know that you’ll have plenty of these games if you continue to go down to the wire every week. Stopping the stupid turnovers would go a long way towards that.