Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NFC Top Three Matchups- Week 7 Handicapping Report

The Eagles' bye week could not have come at a better time after a brutal overtime loss to Detroit in a game that should have never been that close. While my prediction that this was going to be a breakout game for the Birds on both sides of the ball was not even close, this contest should have never ended-up in the loss column.

Turnovers once again reared their ugly head and the running game went nowhere against a Lions' team that came in ranked near the bottom of the league in stopping the run. The defense hardly laid a hand on Matthew Stafford and had trouble getting off the field on third down, but despite all of this, the Eagles still had a 10-point lead with a little more than five minutes left in the game.

The complete and utter collapse at the end of Sunday's game cost Juan Castillo his job as defensive coordinator and put everyone else on alert that nobody's job is safe right now. Andy Reid is officially in survival mode as he is fully aware that he will be sent packing if things do not change.

The Eagles now have an extra week to try and figure things out which is probably not nearly enough time considering everything that is currently wrong with this team. Reid is a perfect 13-0 in his tenure as head coach coming off a bye, but he knows it will take a lot more than a win next Sunday against Atlanta to get his team completely back on track. He also knows that a loss to the Falcons is liable to completely derail the entire train.

The following is this week's look at the top three matchups in the NFC through a link to an article that was previously posted on Bang the Book.

NFC Top Three Matchups- Week 7 Handicapping Report

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