With apologies to the late Dennis Green, the Eagles are who we thought they are

While some Eagles’ fans were painting themselves green after the team’s surprising 3-0 start, the more rational among us were not looking through green-tinted sunglasses.

The Birds have a few warts and they are growing bigger each week now that they are 3-2 after Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field.

And as fate would have it, Sam Branford and the undefeated Vikes are coming to the Linc next weekend.

Don’t know about you, but I already can hear the howl of the wolf and the bleat of the lamb.

Can you spell uh-oh?

If so, can you spell Halapoulivaati Vaitai?

Didn’t think so. The Eagles’ fifth-round draft pick tried to fill in for the drug-addled Lane Johnson at right tackle. It didn’t go so well. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan made mincemeat out of the kid, and at 320 pounds, that’s enough lunchmeat to treat everybody in India to lunch.

Halapoulivaati has as much trouble pass blocking as the rest of us have spelling and pronouncing his name.

Perhaps someday the rookie will be a credible tackle. After all, Leo Tolstoy wrote that time and patience are the strongest of all warriors. But nobody told the Russian author that the NFL stands for Not For Long.

With Vaitai impersonating a turnstile, Carson Wentz and the remainder of the Eagle O couldn’t do squat.

Compounding matters, the Eagle D simply couldn’t keep the Redskins off the field for long stretches. Philly defenders seemed to be impersonating pacifists.

The Birds also are as undisciplined as 3-year-olds. One week after committing 14 penalties against the Lions, they were charged with 13 Sunday.

Needless to say, they should refrain from celebrating Flag Day.

Just a thought, but throwing yourself in reverse is no way to go forward.

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