The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a really frustrating loss on Sunday afternoon. After jumping out to a 17-3 lead, the Eagles let the Tennessee Titans back into the game and eventually lost in overtime by a final score of 26 to 23. As a result, the Eagles are now 2-2 on the 2018 NFL season.
There’s a lot of blame to go around. My question to you is: who do you blame most?
Let’s look at some of the options.
The Eagles were a little uncharacteristically conservative at times. Small Balls Doug, if you will. Pederson made a number of questionable decisions. One of the worst ones was when he called a running play with Ajayi at 3rd-and-3 from the 10-yard line with 11 seconds remaining in the first half. After the game, Pederson said the thought process was to get a first down, call a timeout, and then take a shot. But the Eagles likely would’ve only had, what, five seconds left? They’d have to take the field goal anyway. Bad decision.
The Eagles’ o-line did a good job blocking for the run game. Jay Ajayi and Wendell Smallwood combined for 109 yards on 20 carries (5.5 average). But pass protection was a different story. Carson Wentz was sacked four times and hit 11 times. Lane Johnson allowed a second-round rookie to strip-sack Wentz. Stefen Wisniewski got worked by Jurrell Casey a numbers of times. The Titans’ blitzes were an issue for a good portion of the game.
Mills bounced back against the Colts last week but he bounced back down again this week. He gave up a number of big plays. Wide receivers continue to make it look easy to get open against him by utilizing double moves. It feels like he bites every. single. time. Mills was penalized on a play that set the Titans up in goal-to-go territory after Philly went up 17-3. There have been calls for Rasul Douglas or Sidney Jones to replace Mills. The latter of those two players had a bad pass interference penalty on the final drive that wiped out an Eagles win.
Graham left Taywan Taylor wide open on 4th-and-15 in overtime. Kind of a big deal.
The Eagles were facing a less than 100% Mariota and still allowed the Titans to have their highest-scoring performance of the season. Schwartz’s defense continues to struggle on the road. And if you’re going to get mad at Mills, you also have to get mad at Schwartz because the Eagles defensive coordinator loves him.
The Eagles got pre-2017 Nelson Agholor today. Agholor dropped four passes and fumbled once. Unacceptable. He logged a mere 22 yards on five receptions for a paltry 4.4 average.
Am I missing someone? Do you feel like it was a complete team loss? Feel free to vent in the comments.
Who do you blame most for the Eagles’ loss to the Titans?
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