The Eagles inability to control the clock has been key to their recent struggle

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. The Eagles defeated the Colts 17-16. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Eagles’ offense has struggled a bit over the last two weeks. The consistency and creativity that was once there seem to have hit a wall. Against the Commanders, the Eagles’ defense was completely exposed which kept the offense out of the game for most of it. 

With the lack of opportunities to create momentum, the Eagles lost the time of possession battle which led to them losing the game. They turned over the ball four times against the Commanders which led to their first defeat of the season. 

Against the Colts, they turned over the ball twice but were able to win due to the late-game heroics of Jalen Hurts. While it was a thrilling win, the Eagles should not have gone three quarters without scoring a touchdown. 

So where’s the disconnect?

Time of possession. That’s truly it. Since coming off of their BYE week, the Eagles have lost the time of possession battle to three of their last four opponents. The team’s offense has not been able to stay on the field while the defense has been on the field more than needed. Against the Commanders, the Eagles only had the ball for 19:36 while the Commanders had the ball for 40:26.

They’ve allowed Houston and Indianapolis to win that battle as well which is why the games were so close. Both teams had the ball for more than 30 minutes while the Eagles had it for 29 minutes or less.

The team’s offense has not been executing the way we’ve got that they once were. The defense is allowing teams to execute on third down as opposed to stopping them. The turnovers are at a season-high in the last two games and the penalties haven’t been helpful either.

Can the Eagles rebound?

One way or another, the Eagles coaching staff has to get this in order before it’s too late. Philadelphia will host Green Bay on Sunday night and it will show the world if this team can adjust and fix their mistakes.

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