For the Philadelphia Eagles, the playoffs started last week after the team fell to 5-6 on the season after a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Birds faced a stretch of games that would allow them control of their own playoff destiny by simply winning out. On Sunday, in a game that should have allowed Philadelphia some breathing room, the Eagles were outplayed by a Dolphins team that was supposed to be preparing for the NFL Draft.
After the game, Pederson called the Dolphins “a good team” and remained optimistic that his team has one more run left in them. On Monday morning during his weekly appearance with Angelo Cataldi, Pederson gave some more insight into the disappointing effort in Miami.
In a statement that’s sure to draw the ire of fans around Philadelphia, Pederson indicated that he felt the Dolphins “played harder” than his team.
“They played harder than we did. …They wanted it more than we did.”
The Eagles blew a 28-14 third-quarter lead to the Dolphins and turned a would-be walkthrough another crisis for a team that started the season with Super Bowl aspirations.
The path to the playoffs is still favorable, but now questions have to be asked in regard to whether this team is even worthy of a spot in the postseason?