It was quite a run, but the Eagles’ winning ways finally came to an abrupt end in Seattle last Sunday night. The Seahawks were finally able to figure out an Eagles team dominating the league. Despite week two’s loss in Kansas City, this was the only game where the Eagles truly looked outmatched. But while this game was a major disappointment, there are still many positives that can benefit Philadelphia moving forward.
Carson Wentz has been stellar this year. The second year field general looks all the part of a player worthy of the second overall pick. Sunday night though, Wentz proved he is in fact human. This was by far the worst outing for the QB yet this year. He missed a wide open Nelson Agholor in the first quarter that could have gone for six. Then there was the fumble by Wentz on the Seattle goal line which resulted in a touchback.
That’s two theoretical touchdowns taken off the board in a game the Eagles ultimately loss by 14 points. Wentz is hardworking and dedicated, and seems like the kind of player who gets motivated by losing. Look for Wentz to use this bad game as fuel to continue his MVP-caliber season.
Speaking of MVP candidates, Russell Wilson did something no Quarterback has done this season; make the Philly Defense look very mediocre. I know Wilson is playing out of his mind (I would actually give him the MVP over Wentz right now) but the defense has to improve. Similarly to Wentz and the offense, the Eagles defense should be inspired by the loss to not let their team down again with subpar play. Wilson is the entire Seahawk offense. I know this, you know this, and the Philadelphia defense knew this going into Sunday night. They must revert to their old ways if they want to stay in the race for a first round playoff bye.
This matchup saw two of the top teams in the NFC this year. In fact, some analysts called this a possible NFC Championship game preview. If another game between these two teams were to happen, the Eagles have an entire game at their disposal. This game would be the blueprint on what not to do when facing a veteran Seattle team. So while the Seahawks won this Sunday, the Eagles could use this game to change the outcome in a potential rematch.
Was this game a letdown for Philadelphia? Sure it was. Looking at the big picture though, this team is still 10-2 and has the NFC East all but wrapped up in a pretty bow. Perhaps this loss came at just the right moment.
After playing so well for so long, the team has gotten a loss out of their system. The Eagles now have very little, if any, room for error. The Vikings hold the top spot in the conference for now. If the Eagles have any hopes of securing a first round bye and home field advantage they must continue the kind of football that has carried them so far this season.
It will be interesting to see how this team will respond in LA against a very good Rams squad. So far this year the Eagles have shown they’re able to overcome any adversity. Last time they lost a game, the Eagles responded with nine consecutive wins. So nothing really changes for this team. The destination remains the same; this game was just a blip on the radar.