The Eagles don’t have time to look back in remorse about last night’s loss. A road trip to L.A awaits but the heartache of a crushing 24-10 defeat will hang heavy. It will be down to Pederson and company to keep the Birds focused and ready for their next challenge, but it won’t be easy. The Eagles fought and failed at CenturyLink Field as mistakes cost them dearly. Here is a closer look at the ballers and fallers from their primetime loss.
The USC product had a career game against the Seahawks. With 7 receptions for 141 yards and his 7th touchdown of the year, Agholor caught a huge 51-yard reception that gave the road team a chance and a surge of momentum late in the proceedings. It should have been two touchdowns on the night for Agholor if not for a rogue Carson Wentz pass, but the Eagles slot receiver was lethal from the very first snap of the afternoon.
Kendricks may have given up a touchdown, but his team-leading 9 tackles made a very firm statement. The Eagles linebacker depth was once again tested as Najee Goode filled in for Joe Walker. Kendricks played an integral role in keeping the Seahawks offense as limited as possible, showing a newly found strength in coverage over the last two weeks, something that was previously a weakness.
The defensive end amassed 1.5 sacks on the night against Seattle and kick-started the Eagles defensive efforts. With a tackle for a loss early on, Graham would sack Russell Wilson just two plays later. With reports of a contract negotiation changing course every few days, Graham had his second consecutive game where he made a tremendous impact.
Zach Ertz left the game early with a concussion and many assumed it would be a dagger in the heart of the Eagles passing attack. Trey Burton proved otherwise however, recording 42 yards on 4 receptions. Burton was tendered earlier this year and the Eagles would be wise to keep him around after yet another instance of hitting a home run when asked to step up.
While shades of Houdini were still clear, Carson Wentz was erratic and inconsistent. He played hard and the effort never dwindled, but the same could also be said for overthrows, under throws and a fumble at the goal-line that negated a touchdown and gave Seattle the ball. We’ve come to expect greatness consistently from Carson Wentz, but it’s still just his second year and there are going to be learning curve games. This just happened to be one of them.
Frank Clark made life hellish for the Eagles replacement left tackle. A pair of sacks and continued pressure off that left side pushed Vaitai back into the form that left many to question whether or not he’s ready to take over from Jason Peters. Vaitai struggled all night to keep the rotating Seattle pass-rush quiet and the Seahawks did everything they could to call stunts and confuse and already wobbling left tackle.
The Eagles have their number one corner back on the field, but unfortunately his impact was largely negative to begin with. Wilson forced the ball in Darby’s direction and picked up two big gains early on, before a phantom PI call pushed Seattle inside the red zone. Darby improved later on, but his early struggles enabled Seattle to escape to an early lead.
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