Week 4: Defense Takes A Vacation

After last week’s controversial  game versus the Titans, the Eagles are hoping that this week’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers goes off without a hitch. The Buccaneers come into this game undefeated, beating all of their previous opponents by a large margin. The Eagles’ plan for this game included limiting the turnovers on offense and containing rookie superstar quarterback Sam Howell. 

Both teams came out strong on offense in this game as Wentz and Howell traded touchdowns on their first few drives. The Buccaneers defense set the tone in the second quarter forcing a turnover which led to them going up and never surrendering their lead. The Eagles would come back in the game and were driving down the field down only 7 late in  the fourth quarter. With the ball on the Tampa Bay 31, the Eagles opted to go for it on 4th and 10 instead of kicking the field goal. Wentz got paranoid, throwing the slant route instead of seeing that the streak was wide open for a touchdown. The slant was stopped short, resulting in a turnover on downs. On the very next play the Eagles brought the blitz, which was countered by a streaking Ronald Jones for a touchdown. Wentz tried to bring the Eagles back but threw another interception, sealing the 38-24 win for the Buccaneers. 

Carson Wentz started this game off hot, only to end the game on a bad note. Wentz was seeing ghosts, and missing open throws which in the end cost the Eagles the win. Wentz threw for 320 yards, a touchdown, and 3 interceptions. With the Eagles defense playing so badly, the 3 interceptions Wentz threw was the difference in the game. Miles Sanders, was held to 63 yards on 12 attempts. Sanders did well when given the chance, but if the Eagles want to win, he will need to be given at least 20 carries a game. The Eagle wide receivers have all been contributing this season, with both Reagor and Wallace going for over 100 yards each in this game. The triple threat wide receiving core that the Eagles have developed can take them far in this league as long as Wentz finds them instead of the opponent. 

The Eagles defense which has played fairly well this season had their worst game of the season. Howell and company were throwing circles around Slay, Maddox, and the like. On multiple plays throughout the game, every defender on the right and left side decided to leave the hitch route open. On one of the plays, three Eagle defenders went to guard the corner route, leaving the hitch route open with no one in sight around. Coach Skelllington could be heard screaming from the sidelines, “ Are you people blind, why are three players guarding one guy?” The defense surrendered almost 500 yards of offense, but were still in the game doing so. When we asked Coach Skellington what he was most disappointed about in the game, he answered with, “ The fact that we let up an instant running touchdown by Howell instead of going after him in the endzone.” With such a star studded defense we are all wondering how the Eagles played so poorly in this game. Coach Skellington and company will have a lot of work to do in order to bounce back from this disappointing loss. 

With this loss the Eagles now sit at a balanced record of 2-2. They have played well in their wins but they have played poorly in their losses. Each loss can be attributed to poor defense and turnovers. When Wentz turns the ball over the Eagles have a high chance of losing. This team isn’t built to come back in the game, they are built to play with a lead. Whenever the Eagles get behind, they force the ball in the air and end up losing the game with interceptions. Up next, the Eagles face off against the Lions in a must win game. 

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