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Grading the Eagles' 24-10 loss to the Seahawks in Week 13

Grading the Eagles' 24-10 loss to the Seahawks in Week 13

Grading the Eagles' 24-10 loss Sunday night to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field (see breakdown):

QUARTERBACK

Carson Wentz: 29/45, 348 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Seattle's defense will take credit for slowing a potent Eagles offense, but Wentz was his own worst enemy. First, he overthrew Nelson Agholor on what almost certainly would've been a touchdown. Then, he underthrew Agholor on another potential scoring play. But perhaps the worst play of all was Wentz fumbling the football one yard away from the goal line. Total points on those three possessions: Zero. That certainly isn't going to fly in the playoffs, and it didn't cut it against the Seahawks, either.

Grade: D

RUNNING BACKS

Jay Ajayi: 9 ATT, 35 YDS

None of the Eagles' three-headed monster finished above 4.0 yards per rushing attempt for the game, yet each had a carry of 11 or 12 yards. Granted, the team was trailing for most of the contest and got away from the run in the second half. Regardless, none of Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount or Corey Clement had much of an impact. No fumbles, though.

Grade: C

WIDE RECEIVERS

Nelson Agholor: 7 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Agholor legitimately might've finished with over 200 yards receiving and three touchdowns if Wentz hadn't missed him so badly on the aforementioned targets. Even with the misfires, the third-year wideout set a new career high for receiving yards (see Roob's observations). Meanwhile, Torrey Smith hauled in five passes for a whopping 29 yards — a Jordan Matthews-esque 5.8 average — begging the question, "What would you say... you do here?"

Grade: B

TIGHT ENDS

Zach Ertz: 2 REC, 24 YDS

Just as Ertz was starting to gain some momentum in the second half, he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Trey Burton saw a lot of action as a result, racking up four receptions for 42 yards, but it was too little, too late.

Grade: C+

OFFENSIVE LINE

Halapoulivaati Vaitai suffered his worst game since taking over for Jason Peters, and the timing could not have been worse. The backup left tackle was on the hook for three sacks, and was the source of a lot of pressure throughout. It's a shame, because the rest of the unit protected well, particularly right tackle Lane Johnson going up against Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. Then again, the Eagles did average 3.8 yards on the ground as a team, so the O-line was not great all around.

Grade: B-

DEFENSIVE LINE

Brandon Graham: 2 TFL, 1.5 SK

In all honesty, the Eagles got outstanding pressure the entire game. The fact that the front four only recorded two sacks and eight quarterback hits is a testament to the mobility of Russell Wilson for the Seahawks. The D-line did not look dominant against a suspect ground attack, though. Seattle's backs were able to get into the second level on occasion, carrying 15 times for 67 yards — a respectable 3.7 average.

Grade: A-

LINEBACKERS

Mychal Kendricks: 9 TKL

To his credit, Kendricks was all over the field and led the Eagles in tackles. However, it was a busted coverage by the sixth-year veteran that resulted in a back-breaking 15-yard touchdown pass to Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic in the fourth quarter. Nigel Bradham chipped in with five tackles. Lots of production from the duo, albeit lacking on the impact plays.

Grade: B-

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Jalen Mills: 3 TKL, 1 PD

Rodney McLeod is on the hook for a 47-yard pass to Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin that set up a touchdown, though you have to question the design of the play. Baldwin on McLeod is a mismatch, to be honest, one Seattle was able to expose. Not a great night for the rest of the secondary, either. Mills whiffed on multiple tackles, Malcolm Jenkins was beat for a touchdown by tight end Jimmy Graham, and the unit as a whole was called for way too many drive-extending penalties.

Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS

Donnie Jones: 41.0 AVG, 3 IN20

Phenomenal outing for Jones, who pinned the Seahawks inside their own 10-yard line on all three punts. That was about the only real positive for the Eagles' special teams units. Kenjon Barner had a pair of nice kick returns, both of which were called back by penalties. At least Jake Elliott and the coverage units were solid in limited action.

Grade: C

COACHING

Eagles' record: 10-2

Doug Pederson is going to take a lot of heat for his fourth-down calls and the timing of his coaching challenges. The bigger curiosity is why Pederson's offense only attempted one pass down the field in the first half against a banged-up Seattle secondary. And the worst call might've come on the other side of the ball — Jim Schwartz's zero blitz on 3rd-and-9. Wilson burned that, and when the Seahawks took a 17-3 third-quarter lead three plays later, it felt like game over.

All of those criticisms and complaints aside, it's easy to forget this was a primetime game against a quality opponent in one of the toughest buildings to play in the NFL. And coaching aside, it's difficult to win a game like that when the quarterback leaves 21 points on the field. The Eagles' coaching was not up to the level we've become accustomed to this season, but Pederson and Schwartz are far from solely to blame for the debacle in Seattle.

Grade: C-

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement on his Twitter and Instagram, where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.