OK. The nine-game win streak is over, and there were a bunch of things to spark concern in the Eagles 24-10 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night in Seattle.
In a nutshell, quarterback Carson Wentz made a few bad throws and had a killer fumble at the Seattle 1-yard line, the offensive line didn’t have its finest game, and the Eagles’ defense had some blown coverages and costly penalties (back-to-back holding calls on one Seattle drive). In addition, Philly was unusually conservative offensively the entire first half (where were the deep balls?), and the team that had been the very best in the league in the red zone this season was 0-for-2 in the loss to Seattle. (A dumb holding penalty by Alshon Jeffery in the red zone didn’t help!) And, yes, Coach Doug Pederson failed to challenge Russell Wilson’s forward lateral that helped set up the Seahawks’ final touchdown after the Eagles had pulled to within 17-10.
What does it mean for the Eagles going forward?
Well, with their second loss of the season in the books, it means the Birds’ game next Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Rams is even more important than it already was. The Eagles and Minnesota Vikings are both 10-2, while the Rams and New Orleans Saints are each 9-3, and every one of those teams is still very much alive in the race for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and home-field advantage. It also means there’s now a decent chance of a Seahawks-Eagles rematch in the postseason, with Seattle now 8-4 and heading the wild-card race.
Is there a reason to panic following the defeat in Seattle? Not just yet. But if there’s a similar performance by the Eagles against the Rams, expect to see a few vacant seats on the Birds’ bandwagon. –Jim “Chet” Chesko