By Max Harper
The Eagles season is in danger of spinning out of control.
The defense was woeful in last Sunday’s 33-22 loss to the Raiders, allowing quarterback Derek Carr to complete 31 of 34 passes.
And the Birds have become a turnover machine, with a pair of giveaways, including a critical fumble deep in their own territory that led to a Raiders field goal just before halftime.
They are 2-5, and quarterback Jalen Hurts said that he continues to feel like the Eagles can easily get on track.
“I’ve said it all year and I believe it. We had a very productive team meeting today. And we’re right there,” Hurts said after practice.
“It’s all self-inflicted things that have stopped us. And, really, we’ve stopped ourselves in a lot of these situations. So we have to overcome that and stop beating ourselves.”
Hurts has been up and down in his first full season as a starter, completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,716 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 361 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns this season.
But the Birds are 18th in scoring and 21st in total yards in Nick Sirianni’s first year as head coach and play-caller.
The Eagles play the Lions in Detroit this Sunday, and if those self-inflicted mistakes aren’t corrected, Detroit could very well come away with its first victory of the season.
Then it’ll be just a matter of time before Hurts is benched and Gardner Minshew takes over calling signals.
This weekend they will be visiting Detroit as 3 1/2-point favorites.
An Eagles win might extend Hurts’ time at QB, but there isn’t room for more mistakes.
Two of the largest Pennsylvania sports betting operators still have a variety of odds on Hurts, leaning in his favor for the time being.