It wasn’t quite as bad as their drubbing in Green Bay, but the Eagles were certainly off their game at home Sunday afternoon as they dropped their first home game of the year to the defending Super Bowl Champions the Seahawks, 24-14.
When Russell Wilson wasn’t scrambling, Richard Sherman was taunting the Eagles sideline and their fans in a frustrating day at Lincoln Financial Field.
Though the game remained competitive nearly through to the end, the Birds squandered too many opportunities and proved to be inept at moving their offense down fieldwith any potency.
Though numerous, here are three reasons why the Eagles dropped to 9-4.
Where is Wilson?
The Eagles were tortured by Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson’s elusiveness in (and outside of) the pocket. Nearly every drop back saw the Eagles potent pass rushers get hands on Wilson, who more often than not was able to evade tackles and scramble for positive yards or release a pass. In the first quarter, Wilson darted 28 yards on a scramble untouched for the Seahawks’ first score.
In all Wilson would compile 263 yards passing and 50 rushing. He was a thorn in the Eagles side that eventually became their undoing.
Where has all the offense gone?
A Chip Kelly offense shouldn’t struggle the way the Eagles’ attack did Sunday. But the numbers tell the tale of a unit that can’t seem to click. Outgained440-139 by Seattle, the Seahawks had 28 first downs (to the Eagles nine).
Adding insult to injury, LeSean McCoy’s fumble to open the second half led to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown grab putting the Birds in a 10-point hole (17-7) early in the second half.
The offense had a chance to march down the field and make it close following a Malcom Jenkins fumble recovery in the fourth, but Mark Sanchez turned a scramble into an interception, giving the Seahawks the ball and the chance to burn off clock.
Get off the field
The Eagles defense did enough to keep the Birds in the game. That being said, they certainly could have player better. On third downs, the Seahawks converted 7-of-16 chances, and paired with the Seahawks’ 190 rushing yards, the Eagles didn’t have the ball very often.
The defense also fell victim to a bevy of costly penalties, called rightly or wrongly. A key 44-yard pass interference call against Bradley Fletcher led to the Seahawks’ third touchdown midway through the third quarter. Other Eagles’ defenders found themselves offsidesor hanging onto a jersey just when the team couldn’t afford a mistake against Seattle’s fluid offense.
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