Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may very well be leading an offensive revolution in the NFL but in the five halves of football following the team’s stellar start in Washington, the talk has been shown to be ahead of the product.
Last night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs sends the Eagles to 1-2 on the year. But more troubling is the struggles the Eagles have had playing in front of their home field fans.
Both Eagles losses this season came in Philadelphia. Combine those two losses with the six straight to end the 2012 season and the Eagles are 0-8 in their last eight home games. That’s a season’s worth of home games.
Detroit Lions fans will remember the game that got the streak started. It was October 14 of last season – week six on the NFL calendar. The Lions were a mess heading into their week five bye and a road game against the Eagles was their shot to show they had fixed the issues, particularly on special teams, that had plagued them in their first four games.
Fueled by the return of Louis Delmas, the Lions played one of their more spirited games of the 2012 season and were rewarded with a 26-23 win in overtime. Eagles fans were surely disappointed that day, but I doubt any believed it was the start of a home losing streak that would last a year and counting.
The Eagles last home game came on September 30, 2012 and they won’t get a chance to break their home losing streak until they host the Dallas Cowboys on October 20.