Concerns As Win Streak Ends (Chet’s Take, 12-4-17)

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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

Comments 3

  1. My thought is that they destroy the Rams next week. There are some questions but I still think they are well coached and a good football team.

  2. Another good article, Chet. The Eagles played a team that was hungrier, smarter, faster and yes, better, last night. Wilson’s constant scrambling kept the defense on its heels and eventually wore it down. Ertz absence after his injury was a major blow and took away the Birds’ most potent offensive weapon — and it showed! What is more troubling is that the Rams are a better team than the Seahawks at this point. If the Eagles don’t get it together for that game, they are looking at a three seed and hosting the likes of Seattle or Atlanta wild card weekend, which they don’t want to do!

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