Eagles-Lions: Extra point

Posted: October 16, 2012

THE EAGLES started the season with this impossibly deep, imposing defensive-line corps that was going to terrorize the league. It didn't look so imposing down the stretch Sunday.

Rookie defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was ejected for throwing a punch at the bottom of a pile following a Lions extra point with 10:30 left in regulation. Veteran Derek Landri, who frankly hasn't excelled this year, was playing with a bad knee and looked really creaky.

More under the microscope, though, are the three veteran starters who lead the group - defensive ends Trent Cole (30 years old) and Jason Babin (32), and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (31). Babin has 2 1/2 sacks this season, Cole 1 1/2, Jenkins none. Cole played 58 of the Eagles' 78 defensive snaps Sunday, Babin 56, Jenkins 55.

"The majority of the time, they were singled up," Andy Reid said Monday. "Wasn't as much double-teams or as much six-man, seven-man protections [as in Pittsburgh the previous week]."

As Comcast SportsNet.com's Reuben Frank noted, the Eagles last went three games in a row without a sack in 1983.

"I don't think they're old . . . I don't think that right now," Reid said, when asked about that possibility. "We've got to get a little better. But I don't think that's the reason, no."

Reid said activating second-round rookie defensive end Vinny Curry would be one of the things he evaluates during the bye week.

Babin laughed when the "too old" theory was floated by him Monday.

"I think if you watch the tape, it's a silly question . . . if you watch the tape, you could arguably say we're better than we were last year, minus the stats," Babin said.

Last year, Babin made the Pro Bowl with 18 sacks, Cole had 11 and Jenkins had 5 1/2.

Contact Les Bowen at bowenl@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LesBowen. For more Eagles coverage and opinion, read the Daily News' blog at eagletarian.com.

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