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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-