Game Recap: The Philadelphia Eagles fall to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, losing their hold on the NFC East lead
The Ls just keep coming for the Philadelphia Eagles. They faced off against an offensive juggernaut in the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Carson Wentz continues to struggle at quarterback, and the demand to start rookie QB Jalen Hurts grows stronger each week. Seattle’s defense continues to be one of the worst in the league, but Philly’s offense is among the worst offenses. The Seahawks had control the whole game, and it was not as close as the score possibly indicated. Seattle continues to gain ground in the NFC while Philly continues to lose ground in the NFC East.
Quarter 1: After quickly stopping the Eagles, Wilson and the Seahawks drive down the field, with some help from penalties on Eagles defenders trying to fight Seahawks star wide receiver Dk Metcalf, which is a bad idea due to his massive size. Seattle decided to go for it on fourth & goal but the Eagles’ defense came up with the stop. The Seahawks get the ball back quickly and decide to go for it again on fourth & short instead of kicking a field goal, and they once again fail to convert. Philly struggles to move the ball again and both teams come up scoreless in the first quarter.
Quarter 2: Jalen Hurts is put into the game at quarterback and completes a pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey. Hurts is then taken out of the game right after, and Wentz immediately gets sacked on the next play. Wilson takes a shot on third down, and Metcalf catches it for a first & goal inside the five yard line. Wilson then throws a pop up ball to wide receiver David Moore, who successfully catches it in bounds for the touchdown. Seahawks take the lead 7-0. They once again force the Eagles to punt and after a nice Seattle drive, runningback Chris Carson bulldozes his way into the endzone. Seahawks extend their lead to 14-0. Philly finally finds some offense as Wentz runs for a first down. With seconds left in the half, Wentz connects with tight end Dallas Goedert in the endzone for a touchdown. Kicker Jake Elliott misses the extra point so Philly trails by eight instead of seven. Halftime score: Seattle: 14 Eagles: 6.
Quarter 3: Seahawks go three and out to start the second half, while the Eagles gain some offensive momentum until safety Jamal Adams sacks Carson on third down. They settle for a 42-yard field goal. Seattle leads 14-9. Wilson and the Seahawks respond by kicking their own field goal from 44 yards away with kicker Jason Myers. They lead 17-9.
Quarter 4: Going for it on fourth down in their own territory, Wentz’s pass is batted down, and the Seahawks get great field position. Wilson then drops a dime right to Metcalf down the sideline. Held to another field goal, this time they make it from 33 yards out, increasing their lead to 20-9. Inside the redzone on fourth down, the play completely backfires as Wentz throws it right to cornerback Quandre Diggs for the interception. In desperation mode on fourth & 31 in their own territory, Wentz misses his receiver and gives Seattle the ball back. They kick another field goal, this time from 39 yards and go up 23-9. In the final twenty seconds on the game, Wentz chucks up a Hail Mary into the endzone and tight end Richard Rodgers comes down with the ball for a touchdown. For some reason they go for 2, and get it with runningback Miles Sanders. The onside kick attempt fails and the Seattle Seahawks win 23-17.
After weeks of having the NFC East division crown, the Eagles now lose it as they drop to third in the division with a 3-7-1 record as the Washington Football Team destroyed the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and the New York Giants won a close one against the Joe Burrow-less Cincinnati Bengals, putting Washington and the Giants each at a 4-7 record and taking the first and second spots in the division. Wentz passed for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 42 yards. Goedert led in receiving yards with 75. Despite playing against one of the worst defenses, Wentz was sacked six times. As for Seattle, they improve to 8-3 and strengthen their lead in their division with upset losses by the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. Wilson accumulated 230 passing yards a one touchdown. Chris Carson rushed for 41 yards and Metcalf put up an impressive 177 receiving yards. Next week, Seattle has another easy matchup verses a likely Daniel Jones-less Giants team. The Eagles, on the other hand, will have another tough matchup next week when they play Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers as they try to retake the lead in the NFC Least.