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That’s all that can be said about the Eagles’ performance today that resulted in a 23-23 tie to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Eagles are still winless at 0-2-1
Here are my observations:
Carson Wentz: Carson has looked like a subpar NFL quarterback in the first 3 weeks of the season. He threw 2 more picks today and looked out of sync yet again. He finished the game going for 29-47, 225 YDS, 1 Passing TD, 1 Rushing TD, 2 INT, and a 62.8 QB Rating. There is no excuse for this type of performance against a poor Bengals defense.
Wentz missed open receivers down the field with inaccurate passes. He exhibited a showcase of poor decision making, resulting in multiple turnovers.
Yes he did lead a drive at the end of regulation that resulted in his game tying touchdown scramble but the team was in that position because his mistakes throughout the game.
A benching does not seem to be beneficial at this time but Carson needs to find a way to right the ship. We all know he has the talent to do so.
Defense: The defense was impressive today, keeping the Eagles in the game. They recorded 8 sacks.
The defensive line was dominant. Led by Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham each with 2 sacks.
Jim Schwartz implemented a more aggressive approach with blitzes from S Jalen Mills, and it was effective. Mills finished with 1.5 sacks.
The Eagles couldn’t ask for a better effort from their defense, especially late in the 4th Quarter and the entire OT.
Offensive Line: Jason Peters struggled today. He gave up 2 sacks to Bengals DE Carl Lawson and was beat on many plays. There were instances when Wentz was looking over his shoulder to see if there was a pass rusher from Peter’s side before he looked for a receiver downfield.
Matt Pryor’s false start on the field goal attempt at the end of OT might have been the biggest mistake of the day, pushing the Eagles out of field goal range A huge mental error. The false start pushed a 59 yard field goal attempt into a 64 yarder. Forcing Doug Pederson to punt the ball.