By Kevin McGuire
Following another massively disappointing effort on national television, the Philadelphia eagles have little time to waste crying about the Sunday night loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles are back in primetime for a national TV audience this week with a home game against the Washington Redskins with the NFC East still on the line. Can the Eagles shove aside the latest distractions and string together two more wins in division play?
DeMarco Murray Ready To Explode?
As the Eagles were being taken to the woodshed by the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night, few could avoid seeing the new franchise running back DeMarco Murray standing on the sidelines wearing a knit hat. The frustration of not living up to his career numbers appears to be opening a crack on the team. A week after former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy let his emotions out in a tough loss, Murray apparently followed a similar postgame routine. One report says Murray tossed his helmet and shouted an expletive after the game. When it came time to address the media, Murray was more professional and honest about the situation, saying he has never dealt with something like this frustration before in his career.
Does Winning the NFC East Matter?
Would you rather the Eagles win the final two games of the year and roll with house money in the playoffs, or have this season end now and worry about draft positioning? The way this season has gone, you may be forgiven for moving on as quickly as possible, because the Eagles have very little chance of doing anything special in the postseason if they happen to get in. Putting together a winning streak is just something the Eagles cannot handle, and their performances against the top teams in the NFC have shown they are far from competing at the same level. Don’t let a road win against a weakened Patriots team sway you otherwise.
Eagles Go Bowling
While college football’s bowl season in officially underway, NFL players are making their bowl reservations as well. Pro Bowl invites were formally announced this week, and three Eagles were named Pro Bowl players. Fletcher Cox received his first Pro Bowl nod a season after many felt he was snubbed of a spot in the Pro Bowl.
“It was definitely a personal goal for me,” Cox said. “Instead of being a second-team All-Pro from last year, I wanted to be first-team All-Pro and just continue to succeed.”
Cox will be joined in the Pro Bowl by teammates Jason Peters and Darren Sproles.
Kevin McGuire is a Philadelphia area sports writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles and college football. McGuire is a member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. Follow McGuire on Twitter @KevinOnCFB. His work can be found on Examiner.com.