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Wentz, Offense Struggle Again In Another Eagles Loss

Wentz, Offense Struggle Again In Another Eagles Loss

Even facing the leagues worst defense couldnt help the Philadelphia Eagles figure out their offensive woes.

PHILADELPHIA: Even facing the leagues worst defense couldnt help the Philadelphia Eagles figure out their offensive woes.

Carson Wentz had another rough game and his teammates didnt provide much support in a 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

The offensive line struggled again, receivers werent open often enough and a couple times didnt run the right route.

All of it added up to a measly 250 total yards against a defense that came in allowing a league-high 434.9 yards, including a league-worst 343.7 yards passing.

We just didnt make plays, Wentz said. I dont think it was scheme. I didnt make enough plays. I didnt make enough good throws.

Wentz was 25 of 45 for 215 yards, two TDs and one interception. Following a week of speculation that rookie backup Jalen Hurts would get more playing time, it didnt happen. Hurts played two snaps and threw one pass, a completion.

Its not about one guy, coach Doug Pederson said. We had breakdowns across the board. It doesnt matter who was back there, the mistakes were gonna be made and its something we have to fix.

The Eagles went three-and-out on their first five drives. They didnt get a first down until Wentz ran for 20 yards with under five minutes left in the first half.

I can be better early, Wentz said. Slow starts are frustrating.

Pederson defended going for fourth-and-4 from the Seahawks 15 down 11 points in the fourth quarter, saying the team needed to stay aggressive. Wentzs pass went straight to Seattles Quandre Diggs as Dallas Goedert turned the other way on the route.

Ill take the blame, Goedert said. I knew the ball was coming to me. I was trying to do too much.

Philadelphia used its 10th different offensive line combination after losing three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson for the season with an ankle injury. Three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks hasnt played this season following surgery on his Achilles.

Wentz was sacked six times and got hit numerous times.

We have battled with a lot of injury, a lot of moving parts, Pederson said. We havent had the consistency and continuity you would like. We dont make excuses for it. We have to get better.

The Eagles (3-7-1) would be playing for draft positioning in most seasons with such a poor record but theyre only a half-game behind the Giants (4-7) and Washington in the woeful NFC East.

Im frustrated. I hate losing, Wentz said. But the crazy thing is this division is wide open and guys know that. Were looking ahead to next week, getting this thing turned around, getting going in the right direction and hopefully surprise some people.

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first published:December 01, 2020, 11:36 IST