What happened to the Philadelphia Eagles in Miami yesterday was totally unexpected and very unacceptable. The Eagles, who had an opportunity to gain a share of the top spot in the NFC East, lost to the Dolphins(3-9) 37-31.
In the third quarter, it seemed the Eagles(5-7) had full control of the contest after going up 28-14, but Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins scored 23 straight points to take control and, ultimately, win the game.
As bad as things look for the Eagles, who are on a three-game losing streak, if they win their final four games of the season, they will win the NFC East and have a home game in the wild card round of the playoffs.
While everybody may have lost confidence in this team, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has a lot of faith in his players.
“By no means are we — we’re not throwing in the towel,” Pederson said on Monday. “We have a lot of football left. We have a great opportunity. There is still a chance for us. We control our own destiny. So that’s going to be the message moving forward to this football team, and the leaders have to embrace that, and they have to also take it to the team as well.”
This was a bad loss for the Eagles; there is no way to get around it. However, the Cowboys(6-6) are not playing well either. The NFC East will probably come down to when Dallas comes to Philly to battle the Eagles in Week 16. Philly has not played well, but if they can find a way to turn things around, they could end up being NFC East champions.