Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As I pointed out Sunday, Andy Reid's inexplicable decision to abandon the running game contributed heavily to a 10-3 loss to the Redskins. If you want to say you're worried about Brian Westbrook's health, hand it to Correll Buckhalter. He's a productive back, but the Eagles barely used him Sunday.
They insisted on firing the ball downfield despite the fact that no one could catch the ball. Rookie DeSean Jackson had two horrible drops in the fourth quarter, but the game never should've been put in his hands.
As Phil Sheridan points out in his Inquirer column, even the Redskins were shocked by Reid's game plan -- if you can call it that. Playing in the frigid Northeast, where players are struggling to keep their hands warm, how do you run the ball 16 times? And two of those were running out the clock at the end of the first half. It had to make Eagles fans sick to their stomachs to watch the Giants grind out 301 rushing yards last night against the Panthers. That's what happens when you keep hammering -- much like the Eagles did in their recent win over the Giants.
John Gonzalez has more on Reid's aversion to the ground game. Also an interesting note regarding Jeff Lurie's travel itinerary.
Paul Domowitch of the Daily News discusses the Eagles' problems with third-down conversions Sunday. In third-and-5 or fewer yards, the Eagles were 2 of 6. After he finishes thawing out his mustache, Reid will face a lot of questions Monday. If the Eagles finish the season with consecutive losses, Reid and his quarterback will both be on the hot seat.