Vikings-Eagles game balls

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2018

Now I know in week six it's still early to be talking about must-win games but for the Eagles, this is a must win. The first mistake happened late in the second quarter as defensive end Michael Bennett was called for a questionable roughing the passer penalty. Whether it was a penalty or a Red Zone turnover, the Eagles offense always seemed to find a way to do itself in.

Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings not only dropped the defending champs to 2-3 but revealed what can be viewed as cracks, depending on your vantage point, including teammates arguing and players questioning the playcalling. He's a huge upgrade from Case Keenum, who has already matched his interception total (seven) with the Broncos this season than he had with the Vikings last season. Yesterday the Eagles ran for just 81 yards. Graham later took down Roc Thomas for a 2-yard loss at the Eagles 4, helping forcing a third-quarter field goal. It can be as simple as not taking an 8-yard sack on first-and-10 from the Vikings' 15-yard line, as he did in the third quarter, on a drive that ended in a field goal when the Eagles could have used a touchdown. They lost because Jalen Mills still can't handle a stop-and-go route from an opposing wide receiver, and the Vikings' Adam Thielen burned him on one for a 68-yard reception that set up a field goal, the game's decisive points.

The Eagles will need a collective effort to fill in for the 2016 Pro Bowler as they attempt to save their season and make another deep run. Bennett stayed in the tunnel during the anthem the first month of the season but already ran onto the field during pregame introductions.

Left tackle Jason Peters' false start with 3:26 left in the half. They couldn't get to Cousins, who carved up the Eagles for 150 yards on 20 of 24 completions. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack.

The veteran back also fumbled at Minnesota's 5-yard line to end a promising drive in the second half, acknowledging that that result somewhat squanders his argument. Philadelphia is now on a two-game losing streak and has to get ready to play the New York Giants on Thursday night.

He had eight carries for 29 yards and a fumble on Sunday and has 184 rushing yards for the season.

Isaac Seumalo was not the answer to the Eagles' protection issues, to nobody's surprise. Except Doug Pederson isn't a normal coach and he doesn't do normal things.

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