INDIANAPOLIS. The Philadelphia Eagles refused to overreact all week. They suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night and then immediately went back to work, telling themselves that it was just one bad game, that everyone has them, and there is no reason to panic.
They then drove into Indianapolis on a Sunday and narrowly missed another one.
The Eagles sleepwalked the first three quarters against the Colts, trailed 13–3 going into the fourth, and didn’t hold the lead until quarterback Jalen Hurts ran into the end zone with 1 minute 20 seconds left. They avoided Indy with a 17-16 win and the feeling that they got away with something.
“Of course, there’s a lot to take away,” center Jason Kelsey said. “We played badly on offense.”
Of course, the Eagles are 9-1. Almost every team in the league would like to see them in trouble with the Eagles. If you can win games where you can’t do your best, it’s just an additional cost. It just sets you up a lot better in everything from playoff seeding to overcoming adversity. One of the many people who came here from Philadelphia asked me after the game, “Did the Eagles deserve this win?” and I said, “Who cares? They got it!” And I stand by it.
However, just because the Eagles won’t overreact to a couple of bad games doesn’t mean we can’t, right? Let’s head the overreaction column in Week 11 with the run of the league’s best team.