The Philadelphia Eagles were in a familiar position on Sunday. With 6 minutes and 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter, QB Michael Vick threw a touchdown pass to TE Brent Celek to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 14-13. After losing the turnover battle yet again – this time on two Vick fumbles – Philly was somehow in control of the game.
But this time, for the first time all season, the Eagles couldn’t keep that close lead. The Pittsburgh Steelers drove down the field in the final seconds and, as time expired, Shaun Suisham nailed a 34-yard field goal to give the Steelers the 16-14 victory.
For the first time all season, including their blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Eagles were outgained by the Steelers, 246 to 343. The Eagles were in a perfect position to steal a win away from the Steelers on Sunday, but, once again, turnovers did them in.
While Vick didn’t throw any interceptions on Sunday, he fumbled the ball three times, turning it over twice, including once at the goal line as the Eagles were about to score. It’s a continuing troublesome trend for the Eagles, and one that they have to somehow fix, and fix soon.
It’s not time to start calling for Vick’s head, not with the Eagles sitting with a 3-2 record. But the team is as close to being 0-5 as it is to being 4-1, thanks to sloppy play that is usually reserved for bad teams.
Can they right the ship and get back on track? We’ll see next Sunday when they host the Detroit Lions (1-3), before they have their Bye in Week 7.