Injury ravaged Eagles show plenty of grit in failed comeback bid vs Ravens

Today’s game was the perfect summation of everything we’ve come to both love and loathe about this year’s Philadelphia Eagles. From a seemingly never-ending barrage of injuries to a heroic comeback attempt under impossible circumstances, the Eagles fell short of the mark on Sunday, tripping at the final hurdle against the AFC North powerhouse Baltimore Ravens. Here’s everything you need to know:

Injuries

Where do we even start? Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jack Driscoll, K’Von Wallace. I think that just about sums it up. It’s absolutely shambolic that the Eagles continue to be ravaged by injuries to such a devastating degree year after year.

The little things mattered for the Eagles…

It’s very easy to look back in anger and wonder why Doug Pederson went for a 2-point conversion after the team’s first touchdown. The score was 17-6, the Eagles were still someway off making a comeback and even the touchdown itself involved a fumble and a J.J Arcega-Whiteside fluke. The attempt failed.

Elsewhere, John Hightower dropped maybe the easiest pass he’ll ever be thrown in his career – one he simply had to make early in the game. He wasn’t the only one to suffer from the dropsies. Miles Sanders let a touchdown slip through his fingers in the endzone after failing to track a perfectly thrown ball correctly.

Jake Elliott missed a field goal from a very makable distance, just to add some fuel to the fire.

On defense, Nate Gerry blew assignments, and Lamar Jackson tallied 108 rushing yards on the day, highlighting what we already knew: The Eagles linebacking corps has been craving investment for months.

Despite all of this, the Eagles only lost by 2 points. The fact that any of these misfires, errors, and regrets are even in the ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda’ conversation, is thanks to the efforts of one man: Carson Wentz.

…Because of Carson Wentz

Wentz wasn’t perfect, but he was a lot better than we’d seen in recent weeks. There were some plays he’d like back, but the fact that he was playing behind an offensive line that consisted of:

3rd string LT
2nd string LG
4th string RG
3rd string RT

which gave up 16 QB hits and 6 sacks, and still put the entire team on his back and rallied them to a 4th quarter performance that very few QB’s could, is staggering. There was no Zach Ertz, no O-line experience, no top-tier receivers. Jason Croom, a practice squad TE, was responsible for one of his two touchdowns on the day.

Wentz danced, ducked, and delivered when needed the most. Refusing to say die despite being 3 possessions down and being bashed on what felt like every single play, the face of the franchise willed his team to what was nearly a comeback for the ages. A 4th and 9 beauty to Travis Fulgham to keep the game alive? He made it look easy.

Wentz helped put up 22 fourth quarter points on arguably the best defense in the league. With no help. At all.

If there’s anything we can take from this game it’s that Carson Wentz has once again silenced the doubters. And Air Horns should be banned from every stadium in the universe.

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2 thoughts on “Injury ravaged Eagles show plenty of grit in failed comeback bid vs Ravens

  1. This sucks that it takes the Eagles so long to get timing down, the whole team is injury prone (not just out QB0, and the seems to be a disconnect between the coaching staff and the front office. If I were Doug, I would leave this team if Howie is still GM at the end of his contract. It should be his team to make game day player decisions and not the GM. Howie is starting to read his own hype and becoming pre-Chip Howie. You know the Howie with the big head who didn’t listen to anyone and wanted his team … well we have had his team for the last four seasons … a Super Bowl off the backs of the coaching staff that he is still using to feed his ego and doing nothing they are recommending.

    Oh if Goddart and Ertz are out for any time … move JJAW to TE. He’s a big body and can block well, for a WR, it’s a stop gap but it should work.

  2. What I don’t get is Air Horns are banned in the stadiums and with very limited fans, there were no staff or stadium security there to take away the air horn? I can understand trying to get an advantage with simulated crowd noise and sound but using an air horn should be banned. The Eagles should be fined. It was literally every play and not just before the snap. After the snap. Every play. No wonder the eagles came back and made it interesting. And not to mention the millions of people at home that had to sit there and listen to that stupid sound the whole game. Teams will do anything to try and get an advantage but this may be a new low. I know there are worse things but wow.

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