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The Philadelphia Eagles fought hard but were narrowly defeated by the Redskins 27-22. A banged up Eagles team with playoff hopes now gone can only play for pride and beefing up the stat line for the rest of the season.
Despite the season’s demise, Wentz proves his worth: Head coach Doug Pederson praised Wentz for having what he said was “the best game of the season.” Wentz was able to come back after throwing a pick and give the Eagles the lead. With protection, Wentz proved that he is able to come back in desperate situations from a deficit. If Ryan Kerrigan had not gotten to Wentz in the final seconds, one could say Wentz would have most likely gotten Philadelphia into the end zone.
Injuries at the offensive line: The offensive line for the Eagles was as weak as it could be with three starting lineman out for the game. Wentz was shown loads of pressure mainly from the right tackle spot where Ryan Kerrigan played most of the game. Kerrigan ended up sealing the game with a strip sack on the Eagles last effort to take the lead with a final touchdown with seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. The Eagles need to fix their offensive line problems. Lane Johnson’s suspension has truly hurt them this season.
Getting beat deep by DeSean only hurts more: The Eagles defense gave an 80-yard bomb pass from Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson. On the defensive side, coaches now know that they need extra help when a team has a deep threat like Jackson on their team. Offensively, this shows that they need someone like Jackson who is a veteran who can help create big plays down the field. Cornerback is still a huge issue for the Eagles who do not know if they will resign Leodis McKelvin in the offseason to have him return.
Statistics of the Game: The Eagles offense only converted one out of four red zone scoring attempts. Despite the loss, the Eagles time of possession was nearly 60% of the entire game.
Player on the Rise: QB Carson Wentz
Stay tuned for next week’s installment of articles for the Eagles Week 15 regular season game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst and Editor for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @BWalkerASU