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Carson Wentz to blame for Eagles' loss in Seattle

Carson Wentz to blame for Eagles' loss in Seattle

Seemingly everything that could go wrong for the Eagles did in Seattle, but don’t let the blown calls and bad bounces distract you from the truth.

Carson Wentz cost the Eagles the game.

Not Doug Pederson. Not the officials. The Seahawks didn’t even beat the Eagles – not as much as Wentz lost it, anyway.

It feels as though the autopsy of Sunday night’s 24-10 defeat is focusing on all of the glancing blows instead of the very obvious mortal wound. Wentz left three touchdowns on the field.

The Eagles should’ve won, perhaps with ease. But Wentz overthrew Nelson Agholor on a likely touchdown, underthrew Agholor for another likely score, and fumbled one yard away from the goal line – one of his two turnovers in the contest.

Instead of coming away with 21 points on those three possessions, the Eagles came away with zero.

We can all count. Those points would’ve helped.

Did Pederson exacerbate the situation by calling the game too conservatively? Perhaps. The Eagles chose to punt and flip the field in situations where they often might go for it on fourth down. Pederson decided against throwing the challenge flag on a pivotal play in the fourth quarter – an illegal forward pass, as it turns out, that would’ve erased a third-down conversion on a scoring drive. In general, the Eagles looked hesitant to throw the ball down the field in the first half against a beleaguered Seattle secondary.

Yet, Pederson’s coaching job would’ve been enough to deliver an Eagles victory, had Wentz executed.

Did the officials play too heavy a hand in the outcome? Let’s be clear, the Eagles shot themselves in the foot on many if not all of the seven assessed penalties for 64 yards. Alshon Jeffery wiped away a touchdown with an unnecessary holding penalty, forcing the Eagles to settle for three instead, while the secondary helped the Seahawks move the ball up and down the field with numerous legitimate infractions. And, sure, the refs missed the illegal pass, but it’s not as if the game came down to one call.

Despite all the flags against the Eagles, and even the ones the zebras missed, Wentz could’ve had his team in position to win.

Russell Wilson was phenomenal, with a move for every would-be tackler that came his way, while Seattle’s receiving corps caught just about everything in sight. The Seahawks defense limited the Eagles ground attack to 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and put decent pressure on Wentz, registering 12 quarterback hits in the contest. Seattle was also limited to 310 yards of total offense, while the Eagles failed to take advantage on either of their two trips deep inside the red zone, coming away with three points.

The Seahawks are a quality football team, but were far from dominant. Wentz’s missed opportunities would’ve been the difference.

There is enough blame and bad luck to go around. Wentz’s fumble going out of the back of the end zone for a touchback was a ridiculously unfortunate bounce. Pederson’s game plan and inconsistent approach to fourth downs was curious, to say the least. The officials missed a close call that should’ve gone the Eagles’ way.

An ill-timed zero blitz by Jim Schwartz on 3rd-and-9 resulted in a 47-yard pass and set up the Seahawks for six. Jeffery’s penalty. Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s struggles at left tackle. The grabby, overmatched secondary getting burned repeatedly. The injury to Zach Ertz. The imposing atmosphere playing at Seattle.

Any way we dissect it, wherever we choose to point the finger, Wentz still missed those throws, still coughed up the football twice, and likely cost the Eagles no fewer than 21 points as a result.

Despite everything that went wrong, the Eagles probably would’ve won the game.

The Eagles, as a team, weren’t ready for primetime. Every player inside that locker room could do a better job. But if the Eagles are going to do real damage in the playoffs come January, Wentz can’t leave that many plays out there. That much was clear against a perennial Super Bowl contender in Seattle.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

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Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50.

So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row.

Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

Long is then seen having heated words with said fan. You may remember Long from earlier in the game when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a game-changing play. I'd say Long likely won this battle of words.

The Eagles beat the Rams by a final of 43-35. You can watch the encounter below.

Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

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Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

Eagles fans were incredibly down Sunday night with the reports that MVP-candidate Carson Wentz could be lost for the season.

Nick Foles stepped out of the backup role and helped the Birds to a victory that clinched the NFC East championship.

Despite Foles stepping in to help the Eagles earn the win, the Philly fanbase is not sold on the former starter being able to fill Wentz's shoes.

One guy who does vouch for Foles, however, is his former teammate and perhaps the greatest running back in Eagles history, Shady McCoy.

"I played with nick he is a true baller [sic]," LeSean tweeted.

This isn't the first time McCoy has stated support of Foles. Following the 2015 season, McCoy vouched for Foles as a team leader.

"I like Nick. The person and player that everybody thought he was, he is," McCoy said. "There were a lot of injuries this year, Nick, obviously got injured. He gets all of the blame and he shouldn't. I think Nick's a good quarterback. He's the leader of our team. Just things didn't work out for him this year due to injury, but we've got his back. As a team, we didn't play well enough to win and to get into the playoffs."

McCoy obviously went on to play for the Bills and Foles departed the Eagles for the big green of the Rams.

Strange that Foles is back in Philly with a chance to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

McCoy also offered congrats to his old team.

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Here's a video of Wentz walking back to the locker room as well as footage of him heading out from the stadium.

Foles says he's ready:

Others offered their support for Wentz.