On Sunday in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles had a very forgettable day, especially their secondary, who was torched by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense, as Philadelphia was defeated by Minnesota 38-20. Cousins threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and Vikings WR Stefon Diggs had three touchdown receptions.
At this point, the Eagles’ defense is struggling, and the team is currently 3-3, but fortunately for Philadelphia, they are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Cowboys, who they play next Sunday night in Dallas.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is very confident in his team’s chances against Dallas, and on Monday morning in a radio interview on 94.1 WIP in Philadelphia, Pederson had this to say.
“We’re going down to Dallas, and our guys are gonna be ready to play, and we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East,” he said. “We control our own destiny. We’re right where we need to be.”
This afternoon during a press conference, Pederson denied that he guaranteed victory.
“Never said guarantee a win,” Pederson said. “I’d never do that. No.”
Pederson went on to say the following:
“We’re tied for first place in the NFC East. We have a great opportunity against a great football team on Sunday night to go down and attempt to win a football game. Our goals don’t change, to try to go 1-0, and you put the tape on this morning and you watch it, and we’re just missing on a couple little detail things and obviously it starts with the coaches and it starts with me. We have to make sure that there’s great communication in the meetings, in the walk-through and how we practice and what we do in practice to make sure that we don’t make these mistakes in game. For instance, the coverage that we talked about, the blown coverage in the secondary, or the communication up front on run plays or pass protection, things of that nature.
“There’s enough good and positive that came out of this game from that standpoint to get better, and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to continue to improve. Again, Dallas is a great football team. They are reeling like we are, and they are going to come out and play hard. They always have. They beat us twice last year. We have a lot of things stacked against us going down there, but as the head football coach, I’m going to stand here and show confidence in my football team because that’s what I have. I have confidence in my football team, the guys that are on the football field, and it’s our job as coaches to prepare them, get them ready to play, and we go play.”
Philadelphia must address a lot of issues if they want to get back on track. The secondary is bad, and maybe some help could be on the way with the possible return of Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Unfortunately, it might not be the Jalen they need(Ramsey), but hopefully, the secondary can get better over time, or the pass rush can improve, but for now, it’s on to Dallas.