The NFL has a funny way of coming full-circle. Many folks thought the Dallas Cowboys blew any chance they had of winning the NFC East when they lost to the Cardinals in Week 3. Fast forward to Week 17 and the Philadelphia Eagles conceded the division lead to the Cowboys by losing to those same Cardinals.
With the loss, the Cowboys now control their own destiny. If they beat the Commanders next week, Dallas will win the NFC East and claim the No. 2 seed in the conference. That would guarantee them at least two home playoff games before having to travel to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.
All thanks to the fraudulent Eagles, who jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead over Arizona before allowing four straight scoring drives, including the game-winning touchdown with 32 seconds left in regulation. Philly didn't force a single third down on the Cardinals' game-winning drive.
The Eagles are now 1-4 in their last five games and the locker room seemingly is in a terrible place. What other conclusion is their to draw after the often outspoken A.J. Brown continued his media silence after the game?
A.J. Brown shunning media is cherry on top of Cowboys cake after Eagles lost to the Cardinals
"I'm not about to talk," Brown said with a seemingly sarcastic smile. When a reporter asked Brown why he won't break his silence, Brown said "that would be talking." He was also broached about talking to the media this week, to which he responded "it's nothing towards y'all."
Earlier this season, Brown became the first receiver in NFL history to record 125 or more receiving yards in six straight games. That's when the Eagles were on top of the world. Since Philly crashed back down to earth, so has Brown. He had just four catches for 53 yards on Sunday and saw just one target in the second half in which the Eagles were outscored 29-10.
Additionally, Brown hasn't gone over 100 yards in four weeks and he went the entire month of December without a touchdown.
It's clear Brown's frustrated with his role and the offensive game plan in general. Before the Eagles kicked a field goal to take a 31-28 lead late in the fourth quarter, they ran two straight QB draws that went backwards before a give-up screen pass to Kenneth Gainwell (?) on 3rd and 19.
There's no better way for Cowboys fans to celebrate retaking the NFC East lead than Brown taking silent shots at his team. He doesn't want to blast his coaches and teammates publicly, but his silence opens the door for speculation about what he's actually thinking.
It's certainly nothing good, and just like that the Eagles have hit rock-bottom.