The battle of Pennsylvania is upon us. Both the Eagles and the Steelers come into week 5 looking to show the world which team is the states true team. The Eagles come into the week with a record of 2-1-1 compared to the Steeler record of 3-1. The Steelers have been on a hot streak since the season started and started this game with a blast. The Steelers shell shocked the Eagles, forcing multiple Carson Wentz interceptions early in the game to go up 35-7. After a recovery team meeting, the Eagles would regain their composure on both sides of the ball by making a comeback by scoring a potential game tying touchdown with 2 minutes left in the game. After a easy extra point, the Eagles comeback would be complete….or so they thought. What should have been a routine extra point, turned into kicker Jake Elliot freezing in place then kicking the ball so far left that it hit the cardboard cut out in the stands. The Steelers would then run out the clock, leaving the Eagles stunned worse than when they were down 35-7.
The Eagles offensive effort started pitiful however, as the game went on, put them in a position to win the game. Carson Wentz threw 4 early interceptions but redeemed himself by throwing 4 touchdowns late in the game. Wentz would end the game, throwing for over 400 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 36 attempts. Wentz distributed the ball evenly this game, completing passes to 6 different receivers. Reagor, Jackson, and Goodwin all caught touchdowns with Jackson and Goodwin having the most yards on the day. The Eagles run game that has been so good the last two games was put to a halt due to the large lead. When Sanders got the opportunity to run the ball he ran well averaging 4.9 yards a carry. The theme for this offense seems to be turning the ball over early in the game, only to make a comeback and lose or tie at the end. The game plan needs to change, as if the turnovers continue they will be picking in the top 10 at the end of the season.
If you look at the box score, it would show as if there was no defense in this game. The Eagles defense was put in bad field position most of the game. This field position led to multiple running touchdowns being made as Connor and company ran down the heart of the defense. The defense made the stops when they needed to late in the game in order to allow a comeback opportunity. Even though the run defense was atrocious, the Eagle pass defense continues to be a strength of the team. They held Ben to only 186 yards and forced him to throw 3 interceptions. The run defense needs to be shored up but, if the offensive turnovers don’t lead to short field position, the Eagles feel their defense can win them games.
At 2-2-1 the Eagles currently look up at the Cowboys and the Football Team who both sit at 4-1. With 5 division games left on their schedule the Eagles can improve their divisional position but they have to change the game plan. Both the Cowboys and the Football Team feast on turnovers and make the other team regret them. If the Eagles want any chance of winning the division they will not only have to stop the interceptions but they will need to play as a cohesive and dominating team. Taking a look at their wins and losses, it will take a lot of work for this to happen. Up next the Eagles face off against the dangerous and speedy Baltimore Ravens who look to get their third win of the season.