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Eagles News: “If you’re an elite quarterback, you just don’t lose that game”

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10 Instant Observations on a catastrophic Eagles loss vs. Washington - NBCSP
Carson Wentz has had good games and bad games, but this is the first game that really made me wonder if he’s the guy. I know it’s only one game. I know the o-line was decimated. I know he didn’t have a ton of time in the pocket. I know Washington has some firepower on defense now. But come on. They were up 17-0 against a team that was 3-13 last year with the No. 27 defense in the league with a new coach. Obviously it’s way too soon to write this season off or write Wentz off, but if you’re an elite quarterback, you just don’t lose that game.

10 thoughts from the Eagles’ Week 1 loss to the Football Team - BGN
The Eagles were up 17 points on a team that finished 3-13 last year. And then they gave up 27 unanswered to lose. That’s embarrassing. Just can’t happen. The Eagles’ schedule only gets tougher, especially later in the year. Blowing one of their easier games — especially a division matchup — could prove to be costly.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Football Team game - PhillyVoice
Wentz was getting some hype as an MVP candidate prior to the start of the season. We obviously did not see that today, or anything close. MVP quarterbacks don’t lose their team 17 points against league doormats. Hell, above average quarterbacks don’t do that. This was an alarming performance, and Wentz needs to rebound in a big way next week.

Epic Failure - Iggles Blitz
This certainly isn’t a time to panic. The OL will change in a big way when Lane Johnson comes back. The run game will get a boost when Miles Sanders comes back. All the young players got valuable experience today. They can study the tape and see what they looked like in action. That is a huge part of learning. I’m incredibly frustrated because the Eagles blew a 17-0 lead to a bad team. You do not want to lose games like this, especially in the division. Pederson and his staff need do a lot of teaching this week. Pederson needs to get this team’s attention. They looked great in building a lead, but once WAS started to punch back, the Eagles didn’t handle that well at all. Pederson must let his players know that is unacceptable.

NFL Week 1 takeaways, stat leaders: Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson have huge 2020 debuts - ESPN
There was concern the Eagles’ injury-ravaged offensive line was going to be a problem, and it was. So, too, was Carson Wentz’s tendency to hold on to the ball. That combo led to a career-high eight sacks for Wentz and a 27-17 loss to the Washington Football Team that raises all sorts of red flags for the 2020 season. Wentz recently said one of the biggest areas of growth for him has been learning when to air it out and be in gunslinger mode and when to be more of a game manager when the situation calls for it. He needs to apply that education immediately if he wants to stay upright and keep his team competitive.

The Good, The Bad and The Trubisky In Weird, Wonderful Week 1 - FMIA
The Good. 1. The Washington PA system. When the Eagles took the field at WFT (I hate that acronym almost as much as I hate It is what it is, but it is what it is), crickets chirped out of every speaker in the empty place. Suitably inspired, Washington beat Philly 27-17.

Dwayne Haskins Is Responding to Ron Rivera’s Challenge - MMQB
In the fourth quarter, Washington held the Eagles to 13 total yards, while winning the final frame by a 13-0 count. Haskins answered the bell too, going a tidy, efficient 10-of-15 for 101 yards after the break. Put it all together and, improbably, the Washington Football Team was taking knees inside the Eagles 10 late in the fourth quarter—holding a 10-point lead over a team that looked like it was in a totally different stratosphere hours earlier.

Eagles let big lead slip away in opening-day defeat - PE.com
“Tale of two halves, really, and I have to be better,” Wentz said. “It starts with me. I have to protect the ball better. I have to lead better. I own that.” In time, the Eagles will get back running back Miles Sanders and right tackle Lane Johnson and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive linemen Derek Barnett and Javon Hargrave. But as the Eagles felt the reality of the loss, it was “definitely frustrating walking off that field,” Wentz said. “This is the league,” safety Jalen Mills. “You can only cover so much field. When they are starting on the short side of the field, that does give them an easy opportunity not only to score a touchdown but also to kick a field goal.”

NFL Week 1 PFF ReFocused: Washington Football Team 27, Philadelphia Eagles 17 - PFF
The other Eagles rookie of note is Jack Driscoll, who started the game at right tackle for the injured Johnson. It wasn’t an ideal start for the Auburn product in a tough matchup, as he was beaten several times for pressure on Wentz. An injury ultimately forced him out early, leaving Jordan Mailata to finish the game at right tackle.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Enjoying the view from the top of the hill - Hogs Haven
Fabian Moreau and Jimmy Moreland each picked off Carson Wentz on eerily similar plays where the two corners each broke on the ball on the same side of the field, stepped in front of an outbreaking recever and took the ball away from him. It appeared as if the coaches spotted a “tell” in Wentz or the Eagles formations — both CBs broke on the ball with confidence that it would be there. I love good coaching and great on-field play.

Top fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 2 - Fake Teams
TE Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (54% rostered). It wouldn’t be a Pete Rogers waiver article if I didn’t break my one rule. Yes Goedert is over 50% rostered but let me tell you, you need to be adding him right the poop now. The relationship between Pro-Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and the Eagles is disintegrating by the second and if Ertz were to get traded at all this season, Goedert would find himself the star tight end in an offense that loves to target the position. Even with Ertz on the field this week, Goedert led the Eagles in targets (9), receptions (8), yards (101), and scored a touchdown. ADD. HIM. NOW.

Report: Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has a fractured collarbone, IR coming - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are officially 0-1 on the season thanks to an opening loss on the road to the Los Angeles Rams, and to say that people are frustrated would be putting it mildly. This season was supposed to be one of expectations being met for America’s Team. Unfortunately, the group looked flat against the Rams, and filed to come out with a win. One of the reasons why Dallas seemed to struggle when the Rams had the ball was because one of their best players wasn’t on the field for most of the game. Leighton Vander Esch left early with a collarbone injury and was ruled out. After that, the news did not get better when the game ended.

Report: Cowboys fear TE Blake Jarwin has torn ACL - DraftKings Nation
The Dallas Cowboys’ starting tight end Blake Jarwin is feared to have a torn ACL, per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. Jarwin left the game in the second quarter.

The evolution of Andy Reid’s face shield into a spit-filled sweat prison - SB Nation
Andy Reid standing on the sideline in a full face shield while thousands of fans attended a football game in the middle of a pandemic was easily the most hilarious juxtaposition sports has given us this year. Kudos to Reid for trying to protect himself. In many ways he helped set an example for people. He also showed us what happens when you wear a plastic face shield on a humid football field while trying to spit out plays.

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