The Seattle Seahawks
No matter how hard they tried!
Last week, I called for a better game in a key spot from the Eagles’ top defensive talent — this week, we definitely got it. Fletch was a homewrecker early and often against Seattle, drawing penalties, creating disruption for cleanup sacks, and refusing to relinquish an inch as the leader of the Eagles’ run defense. In a standout defensive performance, I thought he was the best player, which is how he’s supposed to be.
I...really don’t have anyone else
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside wasn’t awful! Greg Ward was fun! Zach Ertz made some tough catches! Josh Sweat had some good pressures! Kamu was hustlin’! Jake Elliott didn’t miss any kicks!
The Philadelphia Eagles
And they tried very hard!
Bad football game by a good football player on Sunday. With 6 of 10 starters outside of Carson out with injury by the end of the first drive, it was going to take heroics from Carson Wentz for the Eagles to generate consistent offense — they got anything but. Wentz was inaccurate with his new receivers, as risky in the pocket as he’s ever been, and struggled with post-snap processing like he hasn’t since his rookie season.
The best solution for Wentz’s struggles is just getting the rest of the offense healthy, but there are struggles in his game that aren’t going away anytime soon.
It’s a tough ask, for a rookie to flip sides to a position he’s never played. But if the Eagles had known that Dillard’s play in the first half would warrant a benching, I’m sure they wouldn’t have played him at all.
But they did, and he was susceptible to the bull rush, devastatingly inconsistent in his pass sets, and ineffecitve in the running game. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Matt Pryor on the right side gave the Eagles the requisite size to win in the running game, and that was the solution today.
(he took 6 snaps)
From Weeks 5-12, Mack Hollins has 194 offensive snaps(+ however many snaps he took in the Seahawks game), 6 targets, and 0 receptions.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) November 24, 2019
This is unfathomable.
It is an easy thing to do: laud the Eagles’ defense since the return of Jalen Mills to the lineup. But any morsel of added context puts Mills’ individual play in question. Toasted multiple times against the Seahawks (just as he was against the Patriots), passes haven’t yet connected to Mills’ man, but they will. He isn’t making great plays on the ball or eliminating routes all that often; eventually, he’s going to get burned.
Pederson was obviously dealt a pretty short hand, in terms of the injuries incurred on offense and the bad play of Carson Wentz — but you can’t help to wonder what could have been had the Eagles decided to do anything else besides a new draw design behind Halapoulivaati Vaitai to Miles Sanders, which ended in a 30 yard fumble recovery for the Seahawks.
Pederson loves to do new and creative things on third down, but so often handcuffs his own efforts by drawing up plays that develop behind the line of scrimmage and make the circumstances more difficult on his skill players than is needful, especially when you consider how shorthanded Philly was. For the second week in a row, it seems that opponents had a bead on the Eagles’ simplified offense. The play-calling simply isn’t doing anyone any favors right now.
The storyline was written: McCown comes in, pulls the Eagles out for a come-from-behind win over the Seahawks, and rides that momentum into the Super Bowl. C’mon: when Carson was jogging into the locker room, you know you were thinking it, too.