Nobody should’ve expected the Eagles to beat the Saints, or even cover the eight-point spread. But their humiliating, nationally televised 48-7 defeat in New Orleans is the largest loss by a defending Super Bowl champion ever.
Time to add insult to injury and grade this bad boy.
Carson Wentz: 19/33, 156 YDS, 3 INT
Worst game of Wentz’s career. Full stop.
Josh Adams: 7 ATT, 53 YDS, 1 TD
The lone bright spot in this game — not at all an exaggeration — was Adams’ 28-yard touchdown. But since the Eagles had a 17-point deficit before the offense could call nine plays, there wasn’t much reason to run the ball.
Wide receivers/tight ends
Golden Tate: 5 REC, 48 YDS
Tate led the Eagles in catches and receiving yards, so I suppose the free-agent-to-be was worth the third-round pick.
Pretty sure Stefen Wisniewski can put the conspiracy theories about his benching to rest after watching him fill in at center for an injured Jason Kelce.
T.Y. McGill: 3 TKL, 1 TFL
The Eagles only managed to hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees once. Wide receivers are out there blocking Chris Long. And Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined to rush for 174 yards, a 6.0 average and two touchdowns.
Jordan Hicks: 7 TKL
Not sure what’s worse: Jordan Hicks’ face on the side of a milk carton or Nigel Bradham prominently featured on a poster of Saints third-string wide receiver Keith Kirkwood.
Malcolm Jenkins: 9 TKL
You can only be so hard on somebody like Chandon Sullivan, who should be on the practice squad, not covering Saints wide receiver Mike Thomas. But as it turns out, Rasul Douglas also belongs on the practice squad, not covering Mike Thomas.
Corey Clement: 4 KR, 28.5 AVG
Tre Sullivan got an offsides penalty on a kickoff. In 2018. When running starts have been eliminated. How is that even possible?
Eagles’ record: 4-6
There’s probably nothing Jim Schwartz could do. Injuries have the secondary in total disarray, and the Saints are the hottest team in the NFL right now. The Eagles’ offense isn’t much better off, but Doug Pederson’s game plan and decision making didn’t do them any favors. There’s no excuse for scoring seven points.
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