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.