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Philadelphia Eagles Fall Short in a 17-9 Loss in a Battle of the Birds

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a huge 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in what most would refer to as a winnable game on Sunday.

The defense played lights out the entire game and gave the offense multiple chances –  which they failed to capitalize on. The offense was sloppy, especially Carson Wentz. Multiple times, he over or under threw the ball to an open receiver. The receivers struggled to create some separation and get open as well.

Wentz had a key mis-throw in the first quarter, over throwing to a wide open receiver who could have run a few feet to the end zone for a touchdown.

The Seahawks had a flea flicker that Jalen Mills was able to read. He was three steps behind though and Russell Wilson threw for a touchdown. Wilson also missed a gimme in the second quarter. He had the option to run the ball in the end zone, his route wide open. Instead he overthrew the ball to his receiver and Seattle was forced to settle for a field goal.

Multiple turnovers hurt Philadelphia’s attempt at a momentum swing and an atrocious performance from the offense led to a frustrating first half.

Sadly, the second half of the game was not much more fun to watch. Wentz had zero pocket awareness and struggled to read what was occurring on the field and switch things up accordingly. On yet another fumble recovered by Seattle, Carson tackled and hurt his hand as he went to the medical tent and down the tunnel. He soon returned however and played through it.

The officials attempted to help the struggling offense as the penalties continued to pile up on the Seahawks throughout the game.

The Eagles defense did the team another favor as Ronald Darby tipped a Seattle pass and Rodney McLeod snatched it out of the air. Nearing the end of the third quarter they started to move the chains, but couldn’t finish the drive with a huge holding penalty stopping them in their tracks. Though the defense tried to keep them in the game, Rashaad Penny pretty much sealed their fate with a huge run for a Seattle touchdown. He had a notable performance throughout the game.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a good drive down the field and Carson threw a final touchdown to Zach Ertz. Philadelphia went for a meaningless two point conversion and came up short. The final score was 17-9 in favor of the Seahawks.

Final Thoughts

It appears it’s a complete tossup on which side of the ball elects to show up as of late. The defense has played very well the last two games now that they are starting to get healthy again. The same can’t be said of the offense who is now suffering from the injury bug. Perhaps the game would have gone differently if they had Howard, Clement, Jeffrey, and Agholor available.

Regardless, the offense was a disgrace. Constant fumbles, multiple misfires from Wentz, and balls that were not catchable. A large part of this loss falls upon his shoulders, which he later took responsibility for in the post game press conference. That seems to be a common theme with him lately as he has had a lackluster season overall and is not playing like the franchise quarterback he can be. His confidence has been visibly shaken. Hopefully he will find his legs soon and return as the quarterback the fans know he can be.

On a lighter note, several players had standout performances this game despite the outcome. Jay Ajayi, who played his first game Sunday for Philly since his return, was excellent on the carry. He is good at muscling his way through defenders to gain extra yardage. The same can be said for Miles Sanders who also played well. Lastly, Jalen Mills has really stepped up his game recently. He was good last week against New England and he was very good today as well. He kept his coverage tight and read the field pretty well for the most part.

Hopefully the offense can work hard to clean up their act and win out the rest of the season. The Eagles look for a win against the Miami Dolphins next Sunday, December 1. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

 

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