Philadelphia, PA - While a tie goes in the books as half-a-win, half-a-loss really feels much more appropriate to describe the result of last week’s game.
Philadelphia Eagles take on the San Francisco 49ers
Both teams looked pretty sluggish in Philly. Carson Wentz found himself being outplayed by rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for most of the game.
Wentz had the benefit of a pretty solid run game (including 65 yards for himself) but still threw two more interceptions, putting him at six on the season. If Wentz were to continue at this pace, he would toss more interceptions than Jameis Winston did last year. And that is not good company to keep.
Carson Wentz didn’t have a banner day by any means, but he did help force the game into overtime with a clutch touchdown run in the closing minutes. For a brief moment, there was a glimmer of hope that this play would spark something in the Eagles. That they would close out a win in overtime and begin to get back on track as a team.
As it turns out, the Eagles didn’t score at all after that point. They effectively conceded the tie by punting the ball to the Bengals, rather than let Jake Elliott attempt a record-long field goal. You gotta play to win, and that’s what I think head coach Doug Pederson should have done.
This week the Eagles face the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers. The Niners are ravaged by injuries, but have still pulled out two straight blowout wins (albeit against likely the two worst teams in football.) It’s the first of a brutal three-game stretch for the birds, as they have to face the 49ers, the Steelers, and the Ravens.
The Eagles need to play like a 0-2-1 team. Meaning, they need to play with some urgency and some pride. If they’re serious about going somewhere this season, they need to get some confidence and some good vibes in that locker room again.
It’s felt like a funeral on Broad Street with the state of this team, and now is the time for that to change. Will it change? I sure hope so. But my gut tells me no...for this week at least.
Final score: Eagles, 17. 49ers, 27.
PhillyBite sports contributor and Philadelphia Eagles Writer.