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Carson Wentz just hasn’t been good enough this season, and it showed in the Eagles’ loss to Dallas - Inquirer
The autopsy on Carson Wentz’s third season will come, but with the Eagles on life support after losing to the Cowboys in overtime, 29-23, it’s fair to start assessing the quarterback’s play since returning from the knee injury that he suffered a year ago Monday. Wentz has been good, maybe better than anyone could have expected after he tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee, but he hasn’t been good enough. On Sunday, he sleepwalked through more than the first three quarters. He wasn’t alone. Doug Pederson’s offense has been inept early in games for almost the entire season. But when the Eagles needed their quarterback to lift them, to overcome yet another slow start, Wentz failed to deliver. Dallas has an excellent defense and its offense held the ball for over 30 of the first 45 minutes of the game. But the Eagles couldn’t sustain drives and went to the half without a point.

FMIA Week 14: On Mahomes, Midway Monsters And The Miracle In Miami - FMIA
4. Requiem for the Eagles. If Philly wins out—tough task, considering the Eagles travel to the Rams next week—a 9-7 record might be good enough for the wild card. But this team doesn’t have the same feel as last year. It’s got to be bitterly disappointing for Carson Wentz, who was an MVP contender when he tore two knee ligaments in a December game at L.A. last year, and just hasn’t returned to the same form this year. In his last nine starts last year, the Eagles scored 30 or more points seven times. In his 11 starts this year, they’ve scored 30 or more once. Sunday was a perfect example. Wentz and the offense stumbled around for 54 minutes, putting up just 88 yards passing before rallying late to almost pull it out. Even against a good defense such as Dallas, for Wentz to have 88 yards passing in 54 minutes of a game is awful. He’s having a nice season, but there’s something missing. The partnership of departed coaches Frank Reich and John DeFilippo? A leakier offensive line? Not having the confidence in his knee that he had last year? Philadelphia has lots of offseason work to do on Wentz, and on an offense that’s just not that good.

Eagles v. Cowboys: 15 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
But once things got going, man, Wentz sliced and diced this Dallas Cowboys defense — which had stymied the offense all game — to keep the Eagles in fighting position until the very end. Heartbreaking that he couldn’t get a possession in overtime, to really complete the statement comeback. He showed a lot of resiliency, and he deserves credit for that.

The Kist & Solak Show #52: The Devastating Loss in Dallas - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak detail the Eagles heart wrenching 29-23 loss to the Cowboys in a game that effectively ends their chances at the playoffs. Who’s to blame? Who goes? Who stays? What now? We try to answer that and more. Powered by SBNation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cowboys game - PhillyVoice
That explanation above is 100 percent nonsense. Grugier-Hill most certainly had “clear possession.” There’s no way to say that he didn’t. I suspect that the NFL is going to defend this call later this week, because, well, that’s what they do. And if they do, they will be lying to a large group of their best customers. (Oh, and the officials also took a 75-yard Dallas Goedert touchdown off the board on one of the softest offensive pass interference calls you’ll ever see, but that almost seems like an afterthought.)

Freedom - Iggles Blitz
This team is just too flawed. Injuries. Roster changes. Coaching changes. Super Bowl hangover. The team cafeteria switching from Folgers to Sanka. This season has gone wrong for a variety of reasons. You can play the blame game and try to focus on one person or area, but this level of poor play goes beyond one thing. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson are going to have some tough decisions in the offseason. They’ll need to look at everything. There could be coaching changes. There will be plenty of roster changes. They could look at the medical staff. While the last three games aren’t likely to have much meaning, they could impact some decisions. Even though the season is over, it isn’t.

Carson Wentz: ‘We Just Came Up Short’ - PE.com
“It’s frustrating. It’s absolutely frustrating,” Wentz said. “With the talent that we feel we have on the offensive side of the ball and just couldn’t execute, couldn’t sustain drives, and came up short here and there, without a doubt that’s frustrating.”

Refocused, NFL Week 14: Dallas Cowboys 29, Philadelphia Eagles 23 - PFF
It took Carson Wentz a long time to get going with the combination of the Cowboys’ pass rush and coverage units keeping a lid on the Philly offense until crunch time. Wentz came alive late, though, with production short and intermediate as well as a big play down the sideline on the game-tying drive with the only thing that you could mark against it was that it led his receiver out of bounds just the wrong side of the pylon. Ultimately, though, after their slow start, it was possibly fitting that the Eagles were persistently playing from behind and never got the shot to finish the comeback.

Carson Wentz won’t be elite until he learns to play a complete game - NBCSP
He’s terrible. Then he’s great. And it keeps happening. Over and over and over and over and over. The Eagles are the worst first-quarter team in football, and Carson Wentz is one of the worst first-quarter quarterbacks in football, and it would be foolish to think there wasn’t a huge connection. He keeps getting off to terrible starts, then regrouping once the Eagles fall behind, finding his way, putting up big numbers late and most of the time, it’s too little, too late. Sunday at AT&T Stadium, in one of the biggest games of Wentz’s career, it was too little, too late. Again. Wentz threw for 48 yards in the first half with a fumble, then threw for 180 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half. His final numbers look great. But you can’t win like that. And even though Wentz led touchdown drives on the Eagles’ last two possessions, the Cowboys won 29-23 in overtime. Too little, too late. Again.

Mychal Kendricks begins what could be his last run in football - PFT
NFL-imposed suspension served, Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks will make his return to the football field on Monday night. And the four regular-season contests plus however many playoff games Seattle plays could be the final act of Kendricks’ career. Kendricks, currently scheduled to be sentenced on federal insider trading charges on January 24, could be headed to prison for between two and three years.

The Dolphins stun Patriots with a double-lateral touchdown for the Miracle in Miami - SB Nation
The Miami Dolphins pulled out an absolute miracle with two laterals on a 69-yard touchdown on their final play to beat the New England Patriots, 34-33. It’s the type of play that never works, but somehow turned into the play of the year and a moment that will be remembered fondly forever by Dolphins fans.

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