Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy's Absence Will Cripple Eagles' Chances Monday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles is carted off the field during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have not won a game since September. After the recent injury news, that trend is likely to continue.

According to the Eagles' official Twitter account, both quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will be out for Monday's game against the Carolina Panthers:


#Eagles injury report: QB Vick (concussion), RB McCoy (concussion), WR Avant (hamstring), & RB Polk (toe) ruled out for #CARvsPHI

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) November 24, 2012


It seems that things are just going from bad to worse for this organization.

There were high expectations for Philadelphia coming into the year. The roster is loaded with talent, and the squad ended last season with four straight wins.

Unfortunately, poor play and mental mistakes have this team sitting in last place with a 3-7 record. With the latest injuries, it is almost impossible to envision a win in the upcoming game.

McCoy made the Pro Bowl last season after leading the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns to go with his 1,309 rushing yards. Vick achieved this honor as recently as 2010, when he had a career-high quarterback rating of 100.2.

Now, the offense will be led by two players with minimal experience at this level.

Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the second time. Although the third-round pick looked encouraging in relief against the Dallas Cowboys, he completed only 45.7 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions against the Washington Redskins.

While this is not the worst thing for a rookie making his first career start, it is important to remember that the Redskins are one of only three teams in the NFL that allow more than 300 passing yards per game.

Carolina does not have the toughest secondary in the league, but it is certainly an upgrade from last week's opponent.

At running back, seventh-round pick Bryce Brown will get the start for the injured McCoy. The rookie has talent, but he played very little at the college level, totaling only three rushing attempts since 2009.

While he has had some good runs this year, it is an enormous difference between succeeding at the high school level and in the NFL. Being a full-time back will not come that easily.

Pair these players with one of the worst offensive line in football—the Eagles are ranked third in sacks allowed—and the chances of scoring drop dramatically. 

To make matters worse, the defense is only getting worse since Juan Castillo was fired as defensive coordinator.

In the last four games, opposing quarterbacks have thrown 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions. As a result, every one of them had a quarterback rating of over 120 and led their team to at least 28 points.

Whether this is a result of bad schemes or the players simply giving up remains to be seen, but the defense is not stopping anyone. If Cam Newton can avoid mistakes, he should be the next in line for a big day.

When a defense plays terribly and the offense does not have the talent to make up for it, the chance of winning is not good. The Eagles are on the decline and it looks as though they are headed for another loss on Monday Night Football.