PHILADELPHIA – The good news for the Philadelphia Eagles is that they secured the first place in the NFC playoffs with a 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The bad news is that they once again looked shaky in the process.
For the second week in a row, the Eagles found themselves in a battle against a bad team. Head coach Doug Pederson compared what happened the previous Sunday against the New York Giants – a close match in which an anemic New York attack racked up more than 500 yards and 29 points against them – to his old days directing level-to-level High school, when a strong team was confident against a minor opponent and looked surprised. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz cited a lack of urgency, suggesting that his unit had become accustomed to winning easily and did not play with the same intensity from start to finish. Both agreed that it was an important lesson before the postseason, and that the Eagles would be better for being tested in that battle.
Monday night’s performance raises the possibility that the team’s problems go beyond the need for a change of mentality.
Last week, the defense was the problem. On this occasion, it was the normally reliable offensive that suffered. Quarterback Nick Foles (19 full of 38 attempts, 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception) returned back to earth after a four touchdown outing against New York.

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