Philadelphia, PA - So close. The Philadelphia Eagles came up just short last Sunday against New England. In a 17-10 defeat, the Eagles played well enough to win, with their defense holding Tom Brady to only 216 passing yards and only allowing one second-half touchdown when Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass on a trick play.
The defense, and especially the secondary has seen itself take a lot of criticism, but they were up to the task last week, and really helped keep a dormant offense in the game.
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As for the Eagles’ offense, it left a lot to be desired. After a second-quarter march that led to a Dallas Goedert touchdown and a ten-point lead, the Birds went into neutral offensively. Being held scoreless at home for nearly three full quarters is just unacceptable, and it puts heavy pressure on the defense. Wentz made some erratic throws but didn’t get a ton of help from his receivers on some of the passes he did put on the money. Philly’s running game also vanished, with lead-back Miles Sanders getting just 11 carries despite the game being neck and neck the whole way.
It’s a tough loss for a team that now falls one game back of Dallas in the division. It’s becoming more and more clear that this team’s road to the postseason is through the East, and losing games like this won’t help the cause. What also won’t help the cause is an upcoming matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is riding high at 8-2 and is coming off a road win against the previously unbeaten 49ers. With MVP candidate Russell Wilson leading the charge, the Seahawks will be a very tough out.
I think the Eagles will compete at home, but if they can’t get to Wilson, it’s game over. His playmaking ability is fantastic, and the Birds have to get to him and take advantage when they can. The offense needs to try and keep balance, take some pressure off Wentz, and have the receivers catch the ball more. Those are the keys to success for Philly, but I don’t see those coming together this week. Final Score: Seahawks, 31. Eagles. 20.
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