The Eagles welcomed the Saints to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon with both teams desperate for a win. The Birds would move the ball down field plenty in the first half, but would shoot themselves in the foot multiple times.
Despite this, the Eagles headed to the locker room up 10-7 over the Saints. Now let's take a look at the half that was.
After putting together a nice preseason, Sam Bradford gave the Eagles and their fans hope that if healthy he could be the franchise quarterback needed to make a deep playoff run.
Unfortunately, it has been an entirely different Bradford in the regular season.
Despite passing for 215 yards and one touchdown in the first half, Bradford was flat out atrocious at times. On the Eagles' second drive of the game, Bradford had Riley Cooper wide open in the end zone and all the time in the world in the pocket, but threw it right into the hands of Brandon Browner for an interception in the end zone.
The Saints would score on the ensuing drive.
The Eagles would put together a solid drive on their next possession, taking the ball into the red zone before Bradford would be picked off in the end zone again.
If Bradford had made a few better passes, or at least smarter passes, the Eagles could be up 24-7 right now.
Ryan Mathews Might Be the #1 RB
Ryan Mathews had outplayed DeMarco Murray entering Sunday, but then again, so did pretty much every Eagles' player other than Caleb Sturgis this season.
Mathews again looked solid in the first half. He started the Eagles' third drive of the game with a 4-yard reception and followed that with a 7-yard run, 16-yard run and then a 13-yard reception on consecutive plays. Unfortunately, that drive would end with Bradford's second pick of the day.
In all, Mathews had 29 rushing yards on three carries to go along with 23 receiving yards on three catches.
DeMarco Murray Says 'Not So Fast'
Murray started the day slowly, much like the season, but picked it up as the half wore on.
Following the drive in which Mathews gained all the yards mentioned above, Murray would break free for a 24-yard run to get the Eagles to the Saint's 41 yard line. The next play would be a touchdown pass to Josh Huff for a touchdown to tie the game.
Murray would finish the half with 44 yards rushing on nine carries to go with 12 receiving yards on three catches. For a comparison, Murray entered today's game with just 47 rushing yards in three games this season.
Dropped Passes Continue
On the off chance Bradford makes a good pass, it seems the Eagles' receivers manage to drop it. This has been an issue all season and continued on Sunday.
Multiple passes were dropped in the first half, including a few by Jordan Matthews. This is inexcusable. Catch the freakin' ball!
By: Kyle Babcock
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