A three game skid has the Eagles tumbling down the power rankings.
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The downward turn continues for the flightless Eagles. Philadelphia lost for the seventh time in nine games Sunday, on a day Doug Pederson's team couldn't get out of its own way. Ten penalties didn't help. Lifting Andy Dalton out of his slump with generous openings in coverage didn't help. And Carson Wentz's three picks certainly didn't help. On the subject of Wentz, the once-rookie sensation hasn't had a game where he's thrown more touchdowns than interceptions since October. He's tossed three touchdowns and eight interceptions over the last five games. Defensive Coordinators have caught up to the FCS.
Doug Pederson told the Philadelphia media that he didn’t think all of his players played hard in a blowout loss to the Bengals. It will be interesting to see if that leads to lineup changes. It’s very, very rare that a coach publicly questions the effort of his players.
Carson Wentz has been one of the league’s worst quarterbacks the past six weeks, and although he’s not getting any help from his receivers, his struggles have been worrisome. Doug Pederson doesn't seem to be doing much with the scheme to help Wentz develop, thus making the issue even worse. The Eagles have to start looking toward 2017.
The wheels have come off the Wentz Wagon. The Eagles are averaging 14 points per game during their three-game losing streak, and Carson Wentz has three more interceptions than touchdowns in that stretch. The Eagles look to stop the bleeding against Washington this week.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Eagles once flew as high as No. 5 on these power rankings this year. A three-game losing skid has changed all that.
So has Carson Wentz’s play. A few weeks back, I noted how Philadelphia’s quarterback tends to throw high with pressure in his face. Cincinnati was the latest team to expose that flaw. Remember: Wentz is still just a rookie figuring things out.
The defense doesn’t have an excuse. Andy Dalton just carved it up for 332 passing yards and two touchdowns. He opened up a 29-point lead before the Eagles even scored.
A coach with emotional intelligence comes in handy during a 2-7 stretch.
The Eagles fell from an average of 20th to 23rd. A deserved drop of three spots puts them into the bottom third of the league. Bottom third of the league might be unfair overall, but right now it isn’t.