Eagles Fall to 5-5 in Defensive Super Bowl Rematch

Nov 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (13) is unable to make the catch as New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) defends during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

In a rematch of Super Bowl 52, the Eagles and Patriots matched up in Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night, resulting in a 17-10 victory for New England. 

The Eagles Offense (and Carson Wentz) Struggles.

  • After starting the game with 10 points on their first two possessions, the Eagles offense sputtered and didn’t score a single point in the last 40 minutes of the game. 
  • The injury bug continues to bite the Eagles. They started yesterday without their top running back in Jordan Howard. They were also missing their two top wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Throughout the game, both starting offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters left the game, as well as all-purpose rookie Miles Sanders.
  • Carson Wentz arguably had his worst game of the season thus far, finishing 20/40 (50%), 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. He missed two crucial throws on the final drive of the game, which came back to hurt the Eagles in the end.
  • Despite all of this, though, there was still a chance to tie the game up within the two final minutes of the game. For the third time this season, Wentz placed either a game-tying or game-winning pass right in the hands of his receiver, and for the third time this season, the pass was dropped.  
  • How’s this for a stat: Michael Thomas has 94 receptions this season. The entire Eagles receiving corps has 93 receptions this season.

The Eagles Defense… Good?

  • The Eagles defense was the impressive side of the football yesterday, holding the Patriots offense to 298 total yards and just one touchdown drive, after struggling for most of this season. 
  • Tom Brady looked like a shell of himself last night, missing screen throws and touch passes while being pressured by the Eagles’ defensive line. 
  • Julian Edelman led the way for New England last night, finishing with five receptions for 55 total yards. He also threw the only touchdown of the night for New England. The former Kent State quarterback’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett in the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. 

Final Thoughts

  • I’ve seen a lot of Carson Wentz slander on the timeline since last night. I’m not going to sit around and act as if he played well yesterday. He didn’t and deserves some blame for this loss.
  • However, despite the injuries and poor play, they were an Agholor drop from tying (or winning) the game.
  • The Patriots are good, I don’t know if they’re still the cream of the crop in the AFC. Baltimore looks really good, and New England’s offense is struggling to be explosive. They’ll match up with Dallas next week at home.
  • The Eagles are still just one game back in the division. After facing Seattle next week, they have the pleasure of finishing the season at Miami, vs. New York Giants, at Washington, vs. Dallas, at New York Giants. 

Onto Seattle! #FlyEaglesFly

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