Eagles lose Battle of PA 38-29, move to 1-3-1 on the year
Things seemed to be looking up for the Eagles after their Week 4 showing against the 49ers. The team came into Pittsburgh hot and confident. But the Pittsburgh offensive attack led by Chase Claypool was too much as they pulled ahead to move to 4-0 on the season with a 38-29 victory over the birds. Travis Fulgham was the only bright spot for the Eagles. He had the best showing for an Eagles receiver since Jeremy Maclin put up 158 yards against the Houston Texans in 2014.
Travis Fulgham exploded for 10 catches and 152 yards. His performance came on the heels of a game winning TD last Sunday night against the 49ers. Forget about Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, Fulgham’s play is starting to feel like more than a flash in the pan which is huge news for the Eagles, who have been hurting at WR for the last few years. Philadelphia suddenly has a potentially promising 1-2 punch for the near future once first-round pick Jalen Reagor returns from a UCL tear in his thumb.
Despite the loss there was a lot of positives to take from this game. Carson Wentz had another great performance letting the ball fly and escaping pressure well. He had 2 interceptions but they really weren’t on him, and 1 of those was in garbage time as well. The Defensive Line continued their league best performance terrorizing Ben Roethlisberger forcing him to move the ball out early.
The Eagles also had a forced fumble and should have had another but was overturned in a controversial call by the referees. The refs also called very soft Pass Interference calls on both the Eagles and Steelers. One did help the Eagles as Chase Claypool likely would have had his 4th Touchdown on the day.
Claypool did still end up having 4 touchdowns, and was the focal point of their offense with Running Back James Connor being stuffed up front. Jim Schwartz continued to fail at implementing the right schemes and allowed Claypool to target Nate Gerry in open coverage for an easy game sealing TD late in the 4th.
The Eagles will now look ahead at their toughest challenge yet next week with the Baltimore Ravens at home. The Eagles could have some boo’s in the stadium, as they’re expected to hear an announcement about limited capacity early this week.
If the Cowboys lose to New York, they will still sit at 1st place in the NFC East.
Mandatory Credit: AP Photo Don Wright