Carson Wentz's costly fumble the turning point in loss to Seahawks

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Carson Wentz's costly fumble the turning point in loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE -- All Carson Wentz saw was the end zone. And then the ball bouncing helplessly away from him.

Turns out the guy who has carried the Eagles in MVP fashion through their nine-game winning streak is human after all.

Wentz's third-quarter fumble inches from the end zone with the Eagles trailing by seven cost the Eagles a touchdown and ultimately cost the Birds a chance to extend their winning streak to 10 straight games.

Instead of tying the game at 10, the Eagles let the Seahawks drive 75 yards down the field to take a 17-3 lead on the way to a 24-10 win at CenturyLink Field.

"Fumbled," Wentz said. "It happens. It’s tough to do that on the road in close situations, especially when you’re down there on the 1-yard line.

"It’s tough to do that and expect to win, especially coming out first drive of the second half the way we did. We were rolling there. Just can’t put it on the ground."

Wentz's fumble came at the worst possible time.

The Eagles couldn't do anything right in the first half, when Wentz threw for only 45 yards.

"We struggled to get into a rhythm running the ball, throwing the ball, came up short on a couple of third downs and stuff like that," he said.

"We just had to find it in that second half. Came out right away and went with our no-huddle drive. That kind of got us a little boost.

The offense came out after halftime rejuvenated, and Wentz quickly marched the offense down to the 4-yard-line, where the Eagles had a 1st-and-goal and a chance to tie things up.

Then disaster.

On a called run, Wentz had daylight, but defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson got a hand on the ball and stripped Wentz just before he got into the end zone.

The ball bounced out the back of the end zone for a touchback. Seahawks ball. Eleven plays later, the Seahawks had a 14-point lead.

And once you trail the Seahawks by 14 points at CenturyLink, the game is pretty much over.

"We got it all the way down there, we just didn’t finish," Wentz said. "I saw the goal line, so I thought I was going to be close. I made that extra lunge, and it cost me."

It was the Eagles' first lost fumble at the 1-yard-line since Michael Vick fumbled at the 1 against the Steelers in 2012.

Before that you have to go to a Donovan McNabb fumble at the 1 against the Ravens in 2004 and a Ty Detmer fumble at the 1 against the Packers at the 1 in 1997.

"Just ball security," head coach Doug Pederson said. "You know when you’re down in that area — and I applaud the fact that he was going for the end zone and the touchdown — but at the same time, you know you’re going to be in some traffic and try to secure the ball the best you can, try to go two hands on it.

"Listen, he’s made a lot of football plays, and I’m sure he’s sick to his stomach for that one, but he’ll learn from it, get better and move on."

Wentz is always going to fight for extra yards. That's just the way he's wired. Almost all the time, it leads to big plays.

This time it was costly.

"He likes to find the extra yards," Richardson said. "He's a quarterback. He's not used to being hit down in and down out, so (protecting) the ball is something still a little foreign to him."

The Eagles struggled early and managed just 128 yards of offense in the first half. Only 45 of them through the air.

In the second half, they had 303 passing yards and 7 rushing yards, but twice drove inside the Seattle 25-yard-line and failed to score.

"We were just trying to figure out what was working for us through the ground, through the air," Wentz said. "We obviously were a little stagnant there early on."

Wentz finished 29-for-45 for 348 yards with a touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor and also just his sixth interception of the season. He got picked off by former Eagle Byron Maxwell just before the two-minute warning.

"I thought he did OK," Pederson said. "He made some great plays in the second half, kept us in the football game. I think if you asked him, there might be a couple plays still left out there, but (he was) under duress a little bit some of the night."

The Eagles actually outgained the Seahawks by more than 100 yards (425 to 310), but the Eagles had two turnovers, the Seahawks none.

This was only the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles netted 425 or more yards of offense but scored just one touchdown.

"That’s the story of the game really," Wentz said. "We turned the ball over, they didn’t, and in a road game like this, in this atmosphere, against a great team like they are, it’s tough to win when you do that."

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older." The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf-----. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f--- you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).