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A frustrated Carson Wentz: ‘It starts with me. I have to be better’ - PE.com
No. 11 could use a boost, no doubt about it. He’s pressing. He’s frustrated, as he said after the game. The Eagles are 5-6 and the season is slipping away, even though the team remains one game out of first place in the NFC East. The Eagles need to win all five of their games and still may need some help to unseat the Cowboys in the division. “I have to be better. I have to lead this team better. I have to protect the football better. We can’t put it on the ground the way we did,” Wentz said. “It starts with me. It starts with me and I’m frustrated. I know everybody is frustrated with this loss offensively. Like I said, turning the ball over. It starts with me. I have to be better and we will be.” Most important of all is Wentz and how he finishes the season. The Eagles don’t have any threats in their offense and haven’t had much in the passing game for most of the season. Can they find a spark in the last five games to salvage the season?
Eagles v. Seahawks: 10 winners, losers, and I dunnos - BGN
Carson Wentz: 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.
The Kist & Solak Show #150: Eagles Lose to Seahawks In Slopfest - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles’ 17-9 to the Seahawks in an ugly game, including thoughts on Carson Wentz’s disastrous performance, the defensive play-making and perhaps some luck, PLUS Three Words from the gentle listeners! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Seahawks game - PhillyVoice
Throughout the first 10 games of the season, the biggest reason for the Eagles’ struggles offensively, by far, were the wide receivers. Wentz put the Eagles in a good enough positions to win several games, but drops in extremely high-leverage situations turned potential wins into defeats. On Sunday against the Seahawks, there are no excuses to be made for Wentz. He was quite clearly the biggest reason for the team’s loss, as he played his worst game of his career. He wasn’t poised, he was inaccurate, and worst of all, he was careless with the football, fumbling three times (four if you include the two-point conversion), losing two. On the day, he had four total turnovers.
Avert Your Eyes - Iggles Blitz
I don’t know what to say about Wentz. He missed some easy throws. He made some poor reads and decisions. He turned the ball over like he had bet on Seattle and wanted to make sure his money was safe. I was hoping he would have a good game and get the most out of the rebuilt offense. Didn’t happen. Listen, all QBs are entitled to have a bad day. Carson Wentz is still a good player and I’m still glad he’s an Eagle. But Sunday was incredibly frustrating. Instead of him playing at a high level and bringing the best out of the guys around him, he was highly erratic. There were moments when he was flat out bad.
Do the Eagles have a QB problem? Carson Wentz’s poor performance vs. Seahawks raises questions - The Athletic
It’s possible to believe Wentz is hindered by the players around him and Wentz is not playing well — those opinions are not mutually exclusive. He cannot be absolved for what’s happening on offense nor can he shoulder all the responsibility. And his statistics this season would look better if his pass-catchers played better, as they often did when Wentz thrived the past two years. “Obviously, that’s part of football,” Wentz said. “Every year, every game, there are a handful of injuries — there’s this and that, and since the day I got here, we’ve always had a ‘next man up’ mentality. I have a lot of confidence in the guys that do get in there and I thought a lot of those guys played a good game today. We just didn’t make the plays. I didn’t make the plays, but by no means is that an excuse or anything.”
Week 12: Why Dominant, Deep 49ers Might Be NFL’s Scariest Team - FMIA
Carson Wentz sure doesn’t look like the pre-injuries Carson Wentz. In the significantly playoff-crippling 17-9 loss to Seattle, Wentz played at times like he had a case of the yips. They started early. Midway through the first quarter, on third-and-nine from the Seattle 10-yard line, Wentz had running back Miles Sanders alone in the left flat, just a few yards away, with an open path to the goal line. It was 50-50, at least, that he’d have turned this gimme completion into a touchdown. The ball, looking like it was forced by Wentz, sailed five feet over Sanders’ head. Startling mis-fire. “It wasn’t the wind, it wasn’t the — it was nothing. I have to do better,” Wentz said about that and other misfires. The recent spate of uncharacteristic inaccuracy and unsustainable drives caused the Eagle crowd to do what it traditionally does when it’s been let down: boo. Wentz wasn’t crying about it afterward. “You never want to hear it, but it is what it is,” he said. “That’s this city, that’s the fan base.” Four of Philly’s last five games are eminently winnable—at Miami, Giants, at Washington, at Giants—and the Eagles have to sweep those to have even a remote shot to make the playoffs. Then Dallas, at home, Dec. 22. But the Eagles aren’t going 4-1 or 5-0 down the stretch with Wentz playing like this, and Doug Pederson knows it.
Week 12 Takeaways: Cowboys Play it Too Safe, Wentz in Crisis - MMQB
Carson Wentz Is in Crisis: We already knew the Eagles have no receivers and on Sunday—as has happened a few times this season—the offensive line struggled badly to protect. (First-round rookie Andre Dillard, filling in for Lane Johnson, was atrocious.) But Wentz is devolving at an alarming rate. It’s not easy to play quarterback when you rarely have windows to throw through—imagine throwing at a dartboard that is the bullseye alone, and what that would do to your psyche. But that’s the reality in Philly. Wentz was atrocious on Sunday, and one problem that can’t be overcome by a coaching staff is when you don’t know where the ball is going to go when it comes out of your quarterback’s hand.
Cigar Thoughts, Game 11: Seahawks win ugly, which is fine! Sometimes you have to do that! - Field Gulls
Thank God Carson Wentz has regressed to Mitchell-Trubisky-level performance because he missed no fewer than 5 throws that would’ve changed the storyline today. Even without Jadeveon Clowneyng Philly’s makeshift O-line, Wentz looked more rattled than an aerosol can 5 second prior to a tag. He rushed throws all day, missing open receivers with a jittery pocket presence reminiscent of a single parent in a horror movie. Seattle’s constant pressure made him make the wrong decisions more often than not. He threw too early on the rare occasions when pressure didn’t get home and made bad decision when it did. He was so bad that when he briefly visited the locker room in the 3rd quarter I was actively rooting for him to come back in because there was no way the backup could be worse. God help him if he didn’t have Zach Ertz, who saved respectability with 12 catches for 91 yards and a meaningless TD on 14 targets.
NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Seattle Seahawks 17, Philadelphia Eagles 9 - PFF
Is something wrong with Carson Wentz? His performances have got worse as the season has gone on, and today marked another display where he couldn’t get the offense going. His accuracy was off at all levels of the field, while his carelessness with the ball resulted in crucial turnovers. If anyone thinks switching between left and right tackle is easy, watch how Andre Dillard fared as he filled in for Lane Johnson. He struggled throughout, getting beat for two sacks, and he was given a torrid time by Rasheem Green.
The Eagles told us who they really are in their loss to the Seahawks, and it’s nothing to celebrate - Inquirer
“Our job is to create energy,” safety Rodney McLeod said. “That’s our job as a defense — to get the team going. We’re not going to change who we are in a moment like that, when we are down 14. Everyone thinks we’re out of the game, and we make a stop. It’s our time to go up there, get the crowd going, and continue to play with confidence.” McLeod is a solid player and a good guy, but come on: The next end-zone celebration that inspires a football team or its fans will be the first. As well as the Eagles’ defense played against Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense, that sequence was among the most distasteful sights of the day — not because end-zone celebrations are bad or graceless or even a big deal most of the time, but because this one revealed a total disregard for timing and context and any understanding of how a team that is getting its rear end kicked ought to react to getting its rear end kicked. It revealed a lack of attention to detail, and it revealed that the Eagles haven’t taken a good, hard look at themselves — who they are, not who they think they are. This isn’t the same team that won a Super Bowl less than two years ago, but everyone connected to it loves to act like it still is.
Jason Peters willing to play right tackle next week if Eagles need him - NBCSP
Since Jason Peters last played right tackle 13 years ago, he’s put together a Hall of Fame resume on the left side of offensive lines. But if Lane Johnson isn’t back from his concussion next week, Peters is willing to go back to the right side of the line if the Eagles need him to. “That’s where I started at (in Buffalo),” Peters said. “It wouldn’t be super foreign, but it’s a possibility with Lane being out. I might have to just do it for the team.” Without Johnson in Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Seahawks, rookie Andre Dillard started in his place at right tackle, but lasted just one half. Dillard was benched to start the third quarter and was replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai. With Brandon Brooks out as well, that meant Matt Pryor and Vaitai were manning the right side of the line.
Early waiver wire adds for Week 13 fantasy football - Fake Teams
Tight end. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (53% owned). If Goedert is available on your waivers, go get him this instant. With the Eagles having zero starting caliber wide receivers on the roster (yea, shots fired), Carson Wentz has been forced to target his tight ends over and over and over again, meaning there has been plenty of work for Goedert even when sharing an offense with Zach Ertz. Against the Seahawks, Goedert was second on the team in targets and caught seven of eight of them for 32 yards. It’s now been three games in a row that Goedert has gotten at least 30 yards receiving and has scored a touchdown in three of his last five games. Oh, and he gets the Dolphins this week.
Crabbs’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 - The Draft Network
13. Eagles — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama. The Philadelphia Eagles have sorely missed the presence of WR Desean Jackson for the majority of this season. If the team wants more speed to help stretch the field for QB Carson Wentz and create more space for tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in the middle of the field, they won’t find a faster receiver than Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs has devastating speed in the open field and would be a massive upgrade for the players the Eagles have been working into the WR rotation this season.
Jaguars season ended in embarrassing loss to Titans - Big Cat Country
The game isn’t officially over, but let’s be real. It’s 28-3 and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going to come back and win. The Jaguars defense got bullied once again by the Tennessee Titans and the offense with Nick Foles continued to be anemic. I guess he’s still just building a culture and shaking the rust off. Whatever. Sim to the draft.
Jerry Jones is very frustrated with the Cowboys coaching - Blogging The Boys
If you’re a Cowboys fan and were thoroughly frustrated by the Cowboys loss to the Patriots, you’re not alone. Plenty of people are knocking the coaching from that game, and some of the preparation leading up to it. In fact, this is another game where the Cowboys coaching staff is under fire, much like after the Vikings game. This time, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is jumping into the fray. We already discussed the awful job that the Cowboys special teams did in the game and how special teams coach Keith O’Quinn needs to go. Jerry Jones was also not pleased.
Giants at Bears: Four things we learned as the Giants extend their losing streak - Big Blue View
Ian Rapoport reported before the game that if Pat Shurmur is fired, the Giants could target Jason Garrett to be their next head coach. I’m not going to advocate for Garrett — particularly while Shurmur is still employed by the Giants — but if the Giants weren’t already asking some serious questions about their coaching staff, they should be doing so now.
The Packers Look Like a Team Exposed - The Ringer
Green Bay had the appearance of a Super Bowl contender in the first half of the season, but an ugly loss to the 49ers—and another to the Chargers a few weeks back—has put their résumé in question. Can this team get out of its funk?
Every offensive lineman touchdown should be a beer celebration now - SB Nation
I have a new favorite NFL tradition, and it’s not even two weeks old! In back-to-back weeks, we’ve seen teams celebrate touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars by doing beer-related celebrations. During Week 12’s Titans-Jags game, Tennessee guard Dennis Kelly celebrated his 1-yard touchdown reception by shotgunning some brewskis with his fellow linemen.
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