The Eagles lost their sixth game in their last eight to the Packers, who had previously lost four straight. How did the power rankers respond?
No write up
Ugly game on all fronts for the Eagles, from defensive breakdowns to some mysterious officiating and couple of important misfires by Carson Wentz. Thought the most important development was when the officiating crew missed an obvious hold on Vinny Curry on a third-down conversion to James Starks. Green Bay went on to score a touchdown to go up 24-13 on that drive. Of course, when you allow opponents to go 10-for-14 on third down, you aren't going to win very many games. As for Wentz, there is no glossing over his declining play after his shiny first four starts. He is missing key throws. Although his supporting cast outside gives him anything but support.
Carson Wentz has showed flashes of why he was the No. 2 overall pick, but he’s also looked like a rookie more often than not. He has just four touchdown passes in his last seven games, throwing seven picks in that span. The Eagles are limping to the finish line, and their playoff hopes are all but dashed.
Rookie QB Carson Wentz has certainly been hurt by the lack of weapons in the passing game. Eagles wide receivers rank 28th in yards this season and 30th in yards per reception. The Eagles play the Bengals and their A.J. Green-less wide receiver group this week.
They’re 2-6 since that hot start to the season. Memories of how good they looked in that start (and some solid wins against the Vikings and Falcons since) probably kept them too high in the rankings, until now.
Jim Schwartz's defense got Aaron Rodgers'd.
There's no other way to put it. Green Bay's all-everything quarterback read the Eagles like a book. If they gave his receivers too much respect on the outside, Rodgers rifled a pass off in milliseconds. If he saw man, Rodgers scrambled around and bided his time. There's no right way to defend him, and Schwartz was burned.
One high Carson Wentz throw burned the offense in similar fashion. Philadelphia's rookie passer was on a roll until he misfired on a pass to Zach Ertz…into the waiting arms of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Tough break, kid.
On a night Wentz needed to match Rodgers throw for throw, that pick sealed the deal. Philadelphia's path to the playoffs looks messy and treacherous now—hence the precipitous 10-spot drop in my rankings.
The silver lining in their 2-6 slide could be that Jim Schwartz won’t get hired as a head coach elsewhere.
Ouch, the Eagles dropped hard. Usually power rankers drop a team about four spots after a loss, but the Eagles dropped 5, 5, 7 and 10 spots. That moves them from an average of 14th to 20th. It’s hard to say it’s undeserved.