Week 8 was the bye week for the Eagles this season. With their record at 3-4, and good for last in the NFC East, they had a lot of problem areas to go over during the bye. Carson Wentz, at one point led the league in interceptions, so Coach Skellington sat with him and had a heartfelt conversation about the need to limit his turnovers. Coach Skellington informed Wentz that if the turnovers continue, he will be forced to look at making a quarterback change. The defensive side of the ball has had problems with stopping the run this season. Coach Skellington had the defense focus on this and has made it a point to fix this problem for the rest of the season. For the rest of this article we’ll take a look at how the Eagles have played so far after the bye.
Week 9: The Eagles took on the Green Bay Packers, in a must win game. The Packers season hasn’t been what they expected ever since shipping off Pro Bowl Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Eagles knew that if they could rattle Love, they would have a good shot at winning this game. Carson Wentz and Miles Sanders both took over this game. Wentz tried to show the world that he was a Superstar X-Factor, but a poorly timed throw led to an interception by a defensive lineman, costing him his shot at glory. He did bounce back after the interception, ending the game with over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sanders is looking to show the league that he is a superstar and continued his good season, running for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense forced Love into 3 interceptions, resulting in a 43-21 Eagles win.
Week 10 : The Eagles faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers where bad Wentz reared his ugly head again. Wentz faced a Chargers defense that confused him all game. The Chargers disguised most of their coverages pre snap, resulting in 5 interceptions thrown by Wentz. The Eagles defense did what they could to keep the team in the game, forcing Chargers quarterback Herbert to throw 3 interceptions. This wasn’t enough to counteract Wentz as the Eagles would go on to lose 24-41. After the game Wentz was put on official notice by Coach Skellington.
Week 11: This game featured two teams who are fighting for their playoff lives in the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons boast one of the best rushing attacks in the league and the Eagles boast a top 10 rushing defense in the league. One of these teams were going to have to lose in this regard and the Eagles knew that if they could slow down the Falcons rushing attack they would have a good shot at winning. Miles Sanders took over the offense, scoring 3 touchdowns and rushing for over 100 yards. This combined with the defense holding running back Gurley to only 71 yards led to a 45-28 Eagles win.
Week 12: After going 0-3 in all of their divisional games so far, the Eagles faced off against a red hot Cowboys team. The Eagles knew that they would have to win the turnover battle in order to keep up with this Cowboys team. After easily driving down the field on their first possession, corner Jackson stepped in front of a red zone pass, intercepting it and starting a sequence of events that would give the Eagles a lead they wouldn’t lose. Miles Sanders put the team on his back, and besides fumbling once he easily had his best game of the season. He ran all over the Cowboys for 173 yards and 4 touchdowns. After going up by 7 in the fourth the Eagles defense sealed the game, forcing Dak Prescott into a few interceptions.
After going 3-1 the past four weeks the Eagles currently are 6-5 which is good for fourth place in the NFC East. Their schedule for the rest of the year includes games against the Cowboys, Giants and Bucs. The Eagles will need to ride the hot hand of Miles Sanders and limit the turnovers if they want to make the playoffs.