"Obviously we want to be able to run the ball early and start that rhythm early in the beginning of the game", Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday. You can see the promise, but you're not always seeing the right results.
"We're just exhausted of beating ourselves and losing to teams we should beat", said running back Wendell Smallwood.
"Personally, I feel fine", he said. Defense once again gave up some big plays and chunk yardage allowing the Vikings to move the ball down the field.
Whatever the case may be, they have time to figure it out because no one is running away with the NFC East this year.
The Eagles benefitted from fast starts a year ago.
"With the offensive line that we have on this team, running the ball like that, that doesn't make sense to me".
"If we don't get that fixed, we're going to lose a lot of games. That's one of the ingredients that's missing right now".
But just because Wentz is not responsible for all of those differences doesn't mean that he can't counteract the damage they're causing. Ajayi tore his ACL in Philadelphia's 23-21 Week 5 loss to the Vikings and is expected to be out for the rest of 2018, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified source. This was a game that both teams really wanted-and needed-to win, and Minnesota proved the tougher opponent in the end. Maybe it has to be. less magical.
Philly QB Carson Wentz numbers may have looked good in the end (due in large part to 75 yards and a touchdown against a "Prevent" Viking zone defense in the game's last two minutes), but the young QB took three sacks on the game and numerous hits and hurries from a defense without standout defensive end Everson Griffen. Or not throwing the football with his left hand on second-and-10 from the Vikings' 30 early in the fourth quarter, earning an intentional-grounding penalty and costing the Eagles a down and 10 yards of field position when a touchdown would have given them the lead. "I was just telling him to be smart". "We're shooting ourselves with penalties and turnovers that are hurting our offense".
"The pressure keeps building because we know what kind of team we could have if we can overcome some of the things we've been doing", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
"We're just exhausted of hearing it every game", Wendell Smallwood said of the mistakes.
That turnaround must begin with him. It doesn't matter. It's one every franchise quarterback must bear. Graham later took down Roc Thomas for a 2-yard loss at the Eagles 4, helping forcing a third-quarter field goal. Bennett hit Cousins in the upper thigh, held his legs before letting go and Cousins fell backward.
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