This morning, we take a look at why the Eagles could lose this game. It is not, however, a look at the Eagles from the homer point of view of a Dolphins fan. Instead, we will have a look at the reasons the Eagles could lose from an Eagles fan's point of view.
WHY THE EAGLES WILL LOSE
The Eagles' offense was flat out terrible earlier this season. It's slowly been improving since then, but there are still issues. Sam Bradford has struggled to take care of the ball this season. He's thrown 10 interceptions to go with his 10 touchdowns. Despite the fact the Eagles didn't drop a single pass in Week 9, their pass catching corps still lead the NFL in drops. That's still a concern as well.
While the run game has been the second best in the NFL since Week 3, there is still concern that it could stop functioning if the offensive line breaks down like it did early on in the season. It looks very possible the Eagles could be without starting left tackle Jason Peters this week, so Lane Johnson will have to start at left tackle with Dennis Kelly at right tackle. These players performed admirably against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 but it remains to be seen how they hold up at these positions in more extended playing time.
The Eagles lost one of their most talented defensive players last Sunday. Jordan Hicks went down with a pectoral injury and will be out for the rest of the season.
Philadelphia's defense has been the strength of the team so far this year. The run game has been especially strong, but has faltered in recent weeks. The Eagles allowed Jonathan Stewart to gain 125 yards on 24 carries (5.2 average) before allowing 117 yards on 27 carries to Darren McFadden last week. Inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso are talented linebackers but have been erratic at times when defending the run. The Dolphins, meanwhile, rank as the No. 4 rush offense in the NFL according to Football Outsiders.
Another matchup to watch is Jarvis Landry in the slot versus Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins has been playing at a very high level for most of the season, but he struggled to cover Cole Beasley in Week 9. The Dolphins could have success targeting Landry.
Dan Campbell had the Dolphins playing really well right after Joe Philbin was fired. It may have just been a new coach bump, and the Titans/Texans aren't great teams ... but outscoring opponents 82 to 36 in back to back weeks is still pretty impressive. Maybe Campbell will find a way to rally the team now that they've lost two in a row. Desperation could be on Miami's side.