By Art Beitchman  

Losing to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday night 24-20 is particularly galling for a number of reasons.

First is the absence of DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, all coming up lame moments before  kickoff. All right, the game must go on!

Second and more more concerning is the lack of a legit running game for an offense earmarked to be one of the more potent groups in the NFL — totally missing! Forty-nine yards on 21 carries for an anemic 2.3 YPC certainly won’t win you any games in this league, especially on the road.

What’s the problem?

The Eagles brought in two new backs in the offseason — Jordan Howard through trade, Miles Sanders drafted from Penn State — and they were going to be their bell cows. So far through two games they’ve been disappointing. The Eagles hope they still need time to get integrated with the offensive line, a very sensitive timing mechanism. But after two games it’s getting late quick.

No run game just puts more of the pressure to score on Carson Wentz shoulders. He took a beating last Sunday from Falcon defenders, but amazingly got the Birds a 20-17 lead in the last 3 minutes of the 4th quarter, only to have the defense give up that lead, and the game in the waning minutes to a hungry Falcon team.

Next up are the 1-0-1 Detroit Lions at LFF, Sunday September 22, 1pm/Fox.