Philadelphia's preparation for the regular season took a step backwards last night in an ugly 22-9 preseason loss to Cincinnati. Most of the positive takeaways from last week's win over Jacksonville were replaced with a number of negatives such as turnovers, costly penalties, blown coverages, and an inability to score touchdowns in the red zone.
Kevin Kolb looked very ordinary and Michael Vick looked down right bad. RB LaSean McCoy only managed 20 yards on six carries including one run for 16 yards.The Eagles secondary was torched by none other than Terrell Owens as he ended his limited playing time with three receptions for 67 yards.
The only positive of the night was the leg of K David Akers, who has accounted for the majority of the scoring in the Eagles first two games.
Maybe a good dose of reality is exactly what the Birds needed at this point of the preseason as they are certainly not ready to face Green Bay on opening day. Cincinnati was able to expose several problem areas on both sides of the ball that need to be addressed if they are to have any hope of competing in the division this year.
Next Friday night the Eagles head to Kansas City with a good chance of working out the kinks against a team that only managed to win four games last season. If they cannot straighten out some of these issues against the Chiefs we could be in for a long year.