Under Pressure: Philadelphia Eagles drop contest at Seattle
Heading to Seattle for Sunday’s game, many on the team and in the fanbase knew that this game was going to be a tough one for the Philadelphia Eagles. Boy were they right. Despite a late game charge to try and close on the Seahawks, Philly was both outmatched and outgunned in their 26-15 loss on Sunday.
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Despite having some momentum after their hard fought win against the Falcons last week, the Eagles’ entered Sunday’s game flat and remained that way for most of the contest. Outside of a 13-play, 68-yard scoring drive on their third possession of the game, the Philadelphia offense looked absolutely dreadful through much of the first three quarters.
Out of their 13 offensive possessions on Sunday, two ended in touchdowns. The other 11 either ended in a punt (seven times), interception (twice), or on downs (twice). If that doesn’t say how bad the offensive production was I don’t know what will.
In the passing game, Carson Wentz went 26-of-45 with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The running game — which faltered after last week’s terrific performance — only produced 113-yard combined. The two main backs this season — Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles — only combined for 46 of those yards.
Of the team’s four wide receivers, only two snagged some receptions during the game. Jordan Matthews led the team with five catches for 59-yards while Dorial Green-Beckham also had five catches for 54-yards. Both Nelson Agholor and Bryce Treggs failed to haul in a single catch with the two players combining for only five targets.
Philly’s defense also struggled throughout the early part of the game. With 17 of the Seahawks points coming in the first half, the Eagles allowed scoring drives of 80, 92, and 74-yards. Despite tightening up in the second half, the team was so far down the rabbit hole by that point that it proved to be too little, too late.
Now sitting at 5-5, the pressure has been cranked up to ten for the Eagles. They are playing in the NFL’s toughest division making that path to the playoffs almost impossible at this stage. With games remaining against each of their divisional foes, the path to the wildcard will also not be much easier.
With a playoff cutoff looking to be between 9-7 and 11-5 for the wildcard in the NFC, the Eagles’ have now entered must-win territory for the rest of the season. Too bad it’s easier said than done.
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