Last night was a bad night for atheists.
Miracles do happen.
Of course, so far this young season they seem to happen every week to the Philadelphia Eagles.
They are specializing in making the biggest comebacks since Lazarus was playing in the Old Testament League.
The Birds’ legend is swelling like a blowfish.
They have the unique capacity to turn frowns upside down in the Greater Delaware Valley.
Granted, Chip Kelly is the premier offensive sorcerer in the world, an X’s and O’s wizard whose magical schemes move like a clarinet glissando.
But could he also be divine?
The Eagles became the first team in NFL history to start their season 2-0 despite trailing each of their games by 14 or more points.
For two straight weeks their opponents have folded like a carpenter’s ruler down the stretch.
Philly beat the Colts 30-27 in Indianapolis Monday night with a last-second field goal by rookie Cody
Parkey despite finding themselves down 20-6 halfway through the third quarter.
These corpuscle-popping dramatics came after a season opener in which the Birds spotted the Jacksonville Jaguars 17 points in the first half, only to storm back with 34 (count ‘em!) unanswered points.
Not to be a naysayer in the midst of all this miraculous euphoria, but the Eagles’ vaunted passing game is out of sync.
Perhaps DeSean Jackson was more than just a disposable rap artist.
Right now there is a definite disconnect between Nick Foles and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley
Cooper, who seem more disoriented than folks back in the good ol’ LSD days.
Maclin and Cooper are struggling, which totally sucks when Kelly’s schemes routinely give at least one receiver on every play more space than a wandering dairy cow in Montana.
Thank God (the miracle thing, you know) that multi-purpose back Darren Sproles has been simply heavenly and that Zach Ertz is blossoming into one stud of a tight end.
Foles has been inaccurate when he has had no excuse or reason to be … throwing behind open receivers, rushing to get the ball out on bubble screens, and misplacing his deep ball of last season.
Compounding matters, the Birds dropped at least six passes last night.
If and when the Eagles get their aerial circus performing brilliantly under the big top, miracle comebacks won’t be a mandatory MO.