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Seattle Gives Philadelphia A Much-Needed Reality Check

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The Eagles Were Due For A Reality Check, And That’s Not A Bad Thing

Seattle Gives Philadelphia A Much-Needed Reality Check

It’s simple as this, the Philadelphia Eagles got punched in the mouth, and now they have to respond. Winning in Seattle isn’t an easy mission, so a loss is not the end of the world. But the truth is the Eagles will be judged heavily on how they bounce back from this disappointing loss. The Seattle Seahawks deserve a ton of credit for taking everything away that the Eagles have excelled at all season. Seattle’s coaching staff merits as much as credit as their football team. If the Eagles want to make a deep playoff run this postseason, they’re going to have to work on improving on these things. They must quickly put this Seattle game behind them.

Philadelphia Can’t Let An Opposing Defense Shut Them Down Like Seattle Did

The Eagles offense scored 20+ points against all of their opponents until they ran into the Seahawks. They only scored 10 points against a Seattle defense. Their only touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter. Philly’s offense can’t let this happen again especially in the playoffs. Which means head coach Doug Pederson has to find different ways to keep this offense productive. Wide receiver Torrey Smith got more targets (7) than tight end Zach Ertz (4) and 52-million dollar man Alshon Jeffery (6), that can’t happen again. Only three carries for running back Corey Clement? This game was a reality check for the coaching staff because there’s no excuse for going 0-2 in the red zone and only putting up 10 points with this offense.

Russell Wilson Did Whatever He Wanted Against The Defense

Seattle’s offense instilled their will on Philadelphia’s defense in the first drive of the game. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson ran for seven yards on 1st and 10. Wilson then threw a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett on 2nd down for a first down. These two plays made the Eagles defense look shaky early, which is something Eagles fans haven’t often seen this season. The Eagles defense couldn’t create a turnover and Wilson’s mobility proved to be too much for the Eagles defensive line at times.

Wilson’s ability to move around the pocket opened things up for the Seattle rushing attack as they amassed a total of 101 rushing yards against an Eagles rushing defense that’s ranked #1. Wilson’s three passing touchdowns showed the NFL that the Eagles defense’s struggles in aerial duels are not over and that’s terrible news. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a lot of work to do.

Turnovers In Crucial Moments Can Kill Any Team

The Carson Wentz fumble at the Seattle one-yard line was the team’s worst moment of the game. The Eagles were only down 10-3 at the half. Philadelphia received the ball first to start the second half. They looked poised to tie the game until a Wentz fumble that ended up in a touchback. Wentz’s miscue was the first turnover committed by the Eagles offense in the end zone this season. The turnover killed all the momentum the Eagles had. Seattle took advantage as they proceeded to score their second touchdown of the game to make it 17-3. Seattle is a tough team to beat at home and in general. So, protecting the ball is a must when going up against them.

Philly Needs To Chill Out With The Yellow Flag Parties

Seven penalties for 64 yards and both the defense and offense contributed. Players on defense like cornerback Ronald Darby and linebacker Nigel Bradham committed two costly penalties that helped Seattle score their first touchdown of the game. On offense, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery committed a holding penalty that could of lead to an Eagles touchdown, but the team instead was forced to kick a field goal. Some Eagles fans believe the zebras were tough on the birds but in reality, the Eagles didn’t play their best game regarding discipline. A reality check is what this team needed, and they have to respond now to avoid further criticism, it starts in LA on Sunday.