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Observations from the Eagles’ loss to the Ravens, 30 to 28

Another L.

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Well, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens could’ve been worse. They fought back after a very poor start. But it ultimately wasn’t enough.

Final score: 30 to 28.

The Eagles are now 1-4-1 on the season.

Read on for some observations and postgame thoughts.

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Eagles received first. Carson Wentz was sacked by Calais Campbell, who badly beat Jamon Brown. Wentz took another hit on the second play as the Eagles got knocked back to 3rd-and-23rd. On third down, Wentz had John Hightower streaking wide open down the field ... and the rookie wide receiver ... dropped it. Lol. The 2020 Eagles, ladies and gentlemen.
  • The Ravens converted on 3rd-and-11 and 3rd-and-10 (gotta love that awful third down defense!) to get into goal-to-go territory. Then Lamar Jackson threw a nifty touchdown pass to Nick Boyle. Not an ideal start. EAGLES 0, RAVENS 7.
  • The Eagles ran Miles Sanders on 2nd-and-15 to bring up 3rd-and-13. Very smart. On third down, Wentz completed a pass to Zach Ertz short of the sticks to bring up a punt. Two straight three-and-outs by the offense to open the game.
  • A tackle for loss by Brandon Graham and a Josh Sweat pass deflection brought up 3rrd-and-12. Fletcher Cox deflect Jackson’s third down pass to force a punt. Hey, look, a stop! Graham and Sweat deserve credit as two of the few Eagles who’ve brought it every game this year.
  • Wentz threw a little too wide of an open Ertz to bring up 3rd-and-6. The third down play involved Wentz lofting a ball up to Hightower, who got driven out of bounds by a Ravens cornerback. Didn’t stand a chance.
  • The Eagles almost caught a tipped Jackson for a pass ... but didn’t. Forced a three-and-out instead.
  • Wentz took off running and got stripped. Lol. His 11th turnover of the season. The Eagles’ offense is a disaster.
  • The Ravens easily picked up their second touchdown of the game on a Gus Edwards run up the middle. But, hey, at least Davion Taylor got his first defensive snap of the season! EAGLES 0, RAVENS 14.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Yet another three and out by the Eagles offense with Wentz getting pummeled on third down.
  • The Ravens only picked up a field goal. Not a touchdown! Progress! EAGLES 0, RAVENS 17.
  • Wentz sacked on third down to bring up the fifth three-and-out on the day. Jamon Brown is awful.
  • Jackson scrambled for a first down on 3rd-and-10. The Ravens got knocked back 1st-and-35 due to penalties and eventually had to punt. Eagles look their best when they can get some help from opponent penalties.
  • The Eagles brought Jalen Hurts into the game for the first time and he picked up 20 yards on a designed quarterback run. The first first down of the game! A miracle!

He picked up another first down on a 2nd-and-2. Then Hurts threw to Wentz out wide, who threw back to Hurts, who picked up two yards. And we doubted him being worth the No. 53 overall pick! The Eagles FINALLY got the ball to Travis Fulgham, who logged a 20-yard reception over the middle to put Philly in Ravens territory. A promising drive for once!? Greg Ward made a real tough, contested catch along the sideline while going out of bounds as Wentz was also getting hit. The play was reviewed and it stood. Great job by G-Ward! Sanders dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone to bring up 3rd-and-2. Not the easiest play ever but he needed to make it.

The Eagles got to 4th-and-1 on the 20-yard line and Wentz’s sneak was stopped short. Shame to see the Eagles’ most promising drive end up with zero points.

  • The Ravens went three-and-out with the Eagles taking two timeouts.
  • The Eagles took over at their own 25-yard line with 16 seconds left in the first half and one timeout to work with. Wentz was hit while thrown and had a potential pick six dropped. The Eagles attempted a Hail Mary and Fulgham almost caught it at the 1-yard line ... but it was tipped into Marcus Peters’ hands instead for an interception. But a roughing the passer penalty on the Ravens set up a 52-yard field goal attempt for Jake Elliott! And he missed it, because of course.

THIRD QUARTER

  • Malik Jackson sacked Lamar Jackson (no relation, I think?) to knock the Ravens out of field goal range and into a punt. Good stop by the defense.
  • Sanders broke a 75-yard run in which he fumbled at the 6-yard line but had the ball recovered by J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone for a touchdown! Just how they drew it up. On a serious note, blocking is something that JJAW has done very well. Now if only he could actually be useful as a receiver. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion with Hurts lined up at quarterback but he was sacked. EAGLES 6, RAVENS 17.
  • The Ravens answered back with ease. Jackson took off for a 37-yard touchdown run up the middle on the fifth play of this Ravens drive. Remember, it’s illegal for the Eagles’ offense and defense to play well at the same time. EAGLES 6, RAVENS 24.
  • Wentz went back to Hightower deep down the field and it was ACTUALLY CAUGHT for a 50-yard gain. Nice to see the rookie have a bounce-back moment.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Wentz to Ertz for a first down got the Eagles in goal-to-go from the 5-yard line. Wentz’s third down pass was incomplete but the Eagles got bailed out with a roughing the passer penalty. The Eagles took advantage with Wentz throwing a touchdown pass to a wide open JASON CROOM in the front right corner of the end zone. Croom was wide open for a bit before Wentz finally found him. Wentz then hit Ward for the successful two-point conversion attempt. A 10-point game with 13:32 left to play. EAGLES 14, RAVENS 24.
  • The Ravens drove down to reach 3rd-and-4 from the Eagles’ 37-yard line. Defensive pressure forced Jackson into a throwaway and Baltimore brought in Justin Tucker for a 55-yard field goal attempt. He made it. EAGLES 14, RAVENS 27.
  • The Eagles got to 4th-and-5 from their own 30-yard line and went for it. Wentz’s pass to Fulgham was incomplete. The ball was in Fulgham’s hands but he couldn’t hold on. Costly drop by Philly’s best wide receiver.
  • The Ravens brought Tucker in for a 46-yard field goal attempt. He made it. EAGLES 14, RAVENS 30.
  • Wentz scrambled for a 40-yard gain on 2nd-and-16. He’s had no choice but to use his legs more often this year. Wentz threw a pick while getting hit as he threw. The play was reviewed and overturned. On 4th-and-9, Wentz lobbed a ball up in the end zone ... and Fulgham, the best player in the NFL, went up and got it. He’s unstoppable! Wentz hit JJAW for the two-point conversion. One possession game with 3:48 remaining in the game. EAGLES 22, RAVENS 30.
  • The Eagles took their second timeout with the Ravens facing 3rd-and-9 from their own 26-yard line with 3:30 left. The defense held up (!) and Jackson had to throw the ball away. Punt!
  • The Eagles took over at their own 29-yard line with 3:11 in the game. They picked up 49 yards with Wentz airing it out deep to Fulgham, who couldn’t catch it but drew a pass interference penalty on Marcus Peters. Again, just throw to Fulgham on every play, great things happen. Wentz got hit as he completed a pass to Richard Rodgers (DICK ROD!) to bring up 1st-and-goal from the 6-yard line. A Boston Scott run brought the Eagles to the 1-yard line at the 2-minute warning. The Eagles snuck it in with Wentz for the touchdown. Unfortunately for the Birds, the 2-point conversion attempt was FAILED. The Ravens crashed hard on a read-option attempt to Scott. What was that? EAGLES 28, RAVENS 30.
  • Jake Elliott’s onside kick attempt was easily recovered by the Ravens. Jackson picked up a first down on a 21-yard run to ice the game.

FINAL SCORE: 30 to 28, Eagles lose


RAPID REACTION

  • So. many. freaking. injuries. When will it ever end?!
  • The Eagles aren’t good. But at least they don’t quit?
  • Carson Wentz showed a lot of heart in this game. He was getting hit a ton. He was playing with a ton of backups. And he still got the Eagles back into the game.
  • Travis Fulgham is LEGIT.
  • Jamon Brown is terrible. And not a long-term piece. Why are Sua Opeta and Luke Juriga on the roster if they’re not trusted over him?
  • Not really impressed with the Ravens? They could’ve won this game much more comfortably if they played sharper. They were penalize 12 times for 132 yards while the Eagles were only penalized three times for 20.

INJURIES

  • K’Von Wallace got hurt while playing as a gunner on punt coverage. He walked back to the locker room very, very slowly. Shoulder injury. He didn’t return.
  • Jalen Mills left the game during the third quarter.
  • Miles Sanders left the game with a knee injury after his long run in the third quarter.
  • Zach Ertz and Greg Ward spent time on the trainer’s table after the Eagles’ second touchdown. Both players came back in but Ertz had to leave the game to get looked at in the locker room. Ertz did not return due to an ankle injury.
  • Jack Driscoll, who started in place of Lane Johnson at right tackle, got carted off in the fourth quarter. Brett Toth, who has never played an NFL snap, came into the game.
  • Malik Jackson suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.