Embarrassed in Cleveland.
With the Eagles loss 22-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, they are now 3-6-1 and fall even further into NFC East hell to…first place in the division. Yep, the Philadelphia Eagles are still a first place team. Pretty remarkable.
The Eagles offense is an absolute train wreck. Turn on any other NFL game happening this week, watch their offense go to work and you will realize just how bad the Eagles’ offense has become. So who’s to blame?
We can start with both Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. Terrible QB play from Carson Wentz and terrible coaching from Doug Pederson. They continue to make the same mistakes with little to no adjustments. Wentz has zero pocket awareness and Pederson’s play calling has taken away any chance for him to get in a rhythm.
Carson Wentz was literally standing in his own end zone with the pocket collapsing, knowing that if he doesn’t get rid of the ball, it will certainly turn into a safety. Given the offensive line issues (Jason Peters) and being pressured all game, it is truly mind boggling on why he would hold onto the ball in that situation. Carson Wentz has been in the NFL for five years. That was a boneheaded rookie move and simply cannot happen from your “franchise QB”.
There is zero balance between the pass and the run. The Eagles ran the ball 19 times in the first half today for 96 yards. In the second half, the Eagles ran the ball 6 times for 10 yards. In comparison, the Browns ran the ball 13 times in the first yard for a terrible 18 yards, but were able to commit to the run and come out in the second half rushing 27 times for 119 yards.
This team needs to commit to the run. Just look at their first drive of the game. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott picked up 71 yards and four first downs on the drive. Yes, it ended with a Sanders red zone fumble but that’s beyond the point. From there, everything just got worse over time. How can a coach not see these happening and make adjustments? Furthermore, how do you come out from halftime and completely abandon the run? It literally makes no sense.
There were a ton of questionable throws from Wentz but there were also a a handful that should have been caught. Alshon Jeffery appears to be completely washed or just doesn’t care anymore. On the last chance for the Eagles to make a comeback, he didn’t even make an attempt to haul in an errant throw from Wentz. Doing so, could have at least prevented yet another interception. Alshon was targeted 8 times today and caught one ball for 7 yards.
Travis Fulgham, the surprising young talent who the Eagles picked up out of no where earlier this year had another rough game. There were more than a few “catchable” balls that Fulgham has brought in in weeks past, but missed today. Even the ball in the end zone that Wentz threw into triple coverage, Fulgham should have caught that. He was targeted 7 times and caught one ball for 8 yards.
Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert both looked strong. The veteran third string tight end Richard Rodgers continues to play well too, which means that Zach Ertz is likely done in Philadelphia at the end of this season.
I don’t know where the Eagles go from here. Of course, there are calls for Wentz to be benched. He has played terrible. To that I ask you this: Does anyone actually think that Jalen Hurts will be able to come in and turn things around for the Eagles? Wentz is only part of the problem.
The Eagles will now face the Seahawks next Monday night, followed by the Packers on the road. From there, we will play the Saints at home and the Cardinals on the road before closing out the season with Dallas and Washington.
I don’t see how Doug Pederson survives this season. At the very least, he definitely should not be calling plays for the offense.
Sure, the Eagles are in first place, but if I had to guess, the next four weeks of the season will clear up any chances at the playoffs in 2020.
Good thing this season doesn’t count due to COVID.
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