Originally written November 29, 2011 on NBC Philadelphia:
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At the end of Sunday’s brutal 380-20 Patriots win over the Eagles two players were firmly seated on their respective benches. One was Pats QB Tom Brady, leader of an elite but far from perfect team, who took a rest after amassing a three-touchdown lead. The other was DeSean Jackson, talented underachiever on a league-basement team, who was benched for poor play while the Eagles were trying desperately to come back. There may be a more apt and fair comparison, but to me that distinction illustrates exactly how far the Eagles have fallen. They used to be an elite squad. Not anymore. Let’s check the numbers: 7 = Times the Patriots entered Eagles territory. They scored five touchdowns and went 1 for 2 on field goal attempts on those seven possessions. That touchdown percentage would be worst in the league for opponent trips to the red zone, let alone crossing the 50-yard line. 2 = Official tackles by Eagles LB Jamar Chaney. There is no doubt that on Sunday Chaney missed more tackles...
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