Eagles look sloppy, mediocre in 23-21 loss to Vikings

Aubrey Yates
October 12, 2018

Penalties, which have haunted the Eagles all season (they were flagged eight times for 52 yards on Sunday), pushed them backwards.

Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offense again struggled as the defending Super Bowl champions fell to 2-3. Either way, this is not a well-run machine on offense or defense.

It was the third straight game Stephen Weatherly played in place of Griffen.

Three illegal formation penalties on the receivers were just a part of the slew of mistakes the Eagles made. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph scooped up the football and took it to the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown return.

Complacency can take on many forms.

Against the Titans last Sunday, Wentz was under enormous heat and turned the football over in the fourth quarter, thanks to a missed assignment by right tackle Lane Johnson.

"I got to be a better tackle and do a better job", Johnson said.

"We're just exhausted of beating ourselves and losing to teams we should beat", said running back Wendell Smallwood. I'll bite the bullet. "There are no excuses and will put it all on me".

Wentz tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wendell Smallwood, who benefited from the NFL's new catch rule because the ball came loose when he hit the ground. "I'm calling plays and going to the line of scrimmage with the belief that they are going to get the football". "But we have to clean it up". Cleaning up self-inflicted mistakes resulting in what many called a lack of focus. "I have to self-examine", Pederson said.

"We didn't have any continuity at the end of last season, and we won the Super Bowl, so I don't want to say it's the end-all-be-all, but it definitely helps", center Jason Kelce said.

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"We were in great position and we go backward", Wentz said. These little mistakes that can sometimes go overlooked are just killing us. For now, we can't worry about the Rams or Saints or any other team.

Randy Moss started the 2003 season with 515 yards. Fans booed the team heading into the locker room trailing 17-3 at the half.

Starting Thursday the Eagles must turn the page. Scoring early coupled with the ability to stop the run by the defense made opponents predictable and one-dimensional.

Both teams needed a victory.

Johnson saw the play a bit differently.

In all the Eagles had 17 total carries for 81 yards, including five for 26 by Wentz. "So, there's no surprise to his success this season and we're going to keep it going".

"We're just exhausted of hearing it every game", Wendell Smallwood said of the mistakes. The veteran team we have with the guys, I'm confident that we'll fix it and turn it around.

The fastest and surest fix would be for Wentz to finish shaking off any lingering rust.

The good news for the Eagles is that they don't have too long to get the bad taste of this defeat out of their mouths. "It will be here before we know it". Understand: No one should be blaming Wentz for the Eagles' losses to the Titans and the Vikings. "But it's frustrating right now".

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