Carson Wentz threw two interceptions in the first six minutes of Sunday’s game and the Eagles couldn’t make up the difference over the next three and a half quarters, losing to the Giants, 28-23. The loss moves the Eagles’ record to 4-4 halfway through the season; they’ve lost four of their last five games.
Jordan Hicks intercepted a deflected Eli Manning pass with just 110 seconds left in the game, and the Eagles marched deep into Giants territory but simply couldn’t make it work late in the game. The Eagles are now 0-4 in games decided by 10 or fewer points.
The Eagles are now 0-3 against the NFC East, which bodes less than well for any playoff hopes they might still be harboring. Historically, only about 33 percent of teams to start 4-4 make the playoffs, so I certainly wouldn’t be holding my breath.
It was a game of mistakes for both sides, with both teams turning the ball over twice, and plenty of coaching decisions to be questioned from both rookie head coaches. Doug Pederson went for it on fourth down twice in the first half instead of kicking field goals, which certainly looked less than optimal when the Eagles were trailing by five late in the fourth quarter.
In the end, however, the mistakes all cancelled out and the Eagles simply didn’t make nearly enough plays to make up the gap.
Wentz looked good after his early miscues, throwing for more than 350 yards and moving the ball fairly well for the majority of the afternoon, particularly in the second half. It just wasn’t enough, and now the Eagles are 4-4 and looking up at the rest of the NFC East.