As disappointing as the Eagle game was, we can take solace in a few things:
First, the officiating was biased at a never-before-seen level. I’m not talking about an iffy interference call that could go either way when slowed down frame by frame. Rather I mean the blatant facemask that the refs refused to call, plus the “roughing” call when Wilkins tapped Hurts with his palm. Plus, there are dozens of pictures circulating out there showing all the times the Eagles held onto Jalen Phillips, and the officials must have accidentally been looking the other way.
The refs changed the entire complexion of the game.
Despite all of that, we had a tie game late into the third quarter. Even when Tua threw his 4th quarter interception, I remained confident…we were only down 7, had plenty of time, and the Eagles started that drive deep in their own territory. If we got one more stop from the D, or if Philly didn’t use that stupid QB sneak, we get the ball back.
It didn’t work out on that drive, but we were close the entire game. The media is acting like we got blown out by 40 points, but again, this game was close right up until the time the Eagles went up 14 at the end.
Our defense came around and had a good game. Good pressure, a couple of turnovers, no real rushing game from the Eagles at all…but all the media wants to discuss is how our own running game failed. Yes, for one half, we didn’t run the ball well, but that didn’t last, and we were moving successfully right up until Tua’s INT.
And one last thing…if Lester Cotton didn’t stick out his right arm, and if Tyreek Hill didn’t drop an easy TD pass, we’d be discussing a different outcome right now. This loss came down to a handful of plays, not a total one-sided devastation.
So now we have the Patriots. Their defense is less formidable than Philly’s and their offense is virtual garbage. At home, especially, this should be another easy win. Maybe Mac Jones plays well, but they still don’t have any explosive plays. I’m more fearful of them running Ezekiel Elliot down our throats, but even if they do, I think our offense will be far more ready this week than last. Probably will have Connor Williams back, and that will help a lot.
Also, I HATE the concept of being on Hard Knocks. Having HBO cameras everywhere can be nothing but a distraction. Stephen Ross should have put his foot down, but as usual, his main focus is showcasing the Dolphins as entertainment, rather that focusing on wins.