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Yes the Eagles lost to the Cardinals. But this loss felt different for one very simple reason: They were still in the game as time expired.
This Eagles team is 4-9-1 and yesterday we all saw every bit of that record and what it indicates. Miscues on all sides of the ball. Bad play calling. Injuries piling up. Domination by 2 future Hall of Famers.
Yet this was a winnable game. Here's the effort each position group turned in:
Coaching Staff: D
Defense gave up over 500 yards of offense. Offense abandoned the run game in the second half. Special teams was a DISASTER. Chances that were taken were not smart, they ended up being lucky. Taking points off the board is a mistake you never make at any level of the game ever. Asking your rookie QB to throw the ball 44 times is not ok. Relying on the zone read as much as Doug does is a tired strategy. The first drive alone was the "Jalen Hurts play" followed by two throws, all with the back to the goalline. This game was coached exceptionally differently in both halves and that was the most easily predicted part of the whole thing.
Jalen Hurts had to throw the ball 44 times. That is not an exaggeration. It wasn't like this team was down significantly and had to throw their way out of it. Its that Doug abandoned the run game again. Jalen Hurts completed 24 of those passes meaning he was accurate on just over 50% of his passes. It has to get better.
He also made some severe rookie mistakes. The safety in the endzone is not an error that can happen. But then he turns in an effort that makes him look like a leader. The touchdown run showed total grit and determination and Hurts led this team to an almost victory despite everything. He just HAS to be more accurate with his passing.
Running Backs: B
Miles Sanders had a lower yards per carry average then he normally does. A lot of that is because the zone read was the main delivery of his 17 carries. Doug abandons the run game which is why he only carried the ball 5 times in the 2nd half. The screen game looked good until it didn't. There just weren't enough opportunities for this group. Again.
Wide Receivers: C+
Mixed effort here. Some plays, this group looked great. Fighting for the ball, making tough catches. Other plays, this group looked mediocre. No separation, lazy route running. 16 catches combined for 197 yards and 3 TDs is a decent day. Jeffery might have been slow but he forced a ton of defensive pass interference calls so his contributions are bigger than the stats show. Quez got to show his speed and Reagor had a chance to but didn't capitalize. Greg Ward and his two TD catches show that he is a tremendous 3rd WR in this league.