By: Julio Olmo
Without DeSean Jackson and now also Darren Sproles – the Philadelphia Eagles simply don’t have enough skilled (and reliable!) offensive players.
Zach Ertz has spent the majority of the season dealing with defenses keying on him and his production has taken a major hit.
The effect is obvious on quarterback Carson Wentz, who looks very uncomfortable in the pocket and when Ertz does manage to get open, Wentz misses the opportunities by making terrible throws.
Why they lost…
The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t do much on offense after taking a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. That included a stretch where they had 18 plays for 22 yards on their five possessions after Dallas Goedert scored their first touchdown of the game.
To add insult to injury, Philadelphia lost Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson in the second quarter with a concussion. Without Johnson, the offense wasn’t the same, as quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked a total of five times.
The Eagles averaged 4.8 yards per carry in the first half and scored 10 points early and took a one point lead at the end of the first-half, but that was it.
They didn’t have anything answers to the New England Patriot’s defense.
Doug Pederson’s wide receiver unit had six catches for 75 yards – total!, and ran the ball just seven times for 18 yards in the second half, against a defense that allowed 5.6 yards per carry over the last six games.
Tom Brady wasn’t at his best, but the Patriots have found ways to win without their quarterback playing at a Hall of Fame level.
Brady finished 26 of 47 for 216 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions on a windy day in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia still had an opportunity to tie (perhaps) win the game, driving to New England’s 26-yard line before a fourth-and-10 heave by Carson Wentz went in and out of the hands of Nelson Agholor in the end zone.
Player of the game?
Edelman won the game for the Patriots on a trick play.
New England went 1 of 3 in the red zone, but the lone touchdown was one of Bill Belichick’s best play calls of the year.
Against an excellent Eagles defense on this day, Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had Tom Brady throw a backwards pass to Julian Edelman that allowed the former college quarterback to throw a pass finding a wide open Phillip Dorsett in the end zone for the touchdown which gave the Patriots their first lead of the game – a lead which, they never gave up.
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