Well, it finally happened. The Eagles finally lost a game. There’s no more “undefeated” talk, and that’s okay. The Eagles needed a loss and here’s why: they had lingering issues that were going to creep up on them. They played subpar against the Houston Texans and this game showed the Eagles issues really need to be addressed.
On a positive note, it’s only one loss. The Eagles are still the first seed in the NFC, but will it stay that way? Here’s a breakdown of three highs (and three lows) from the game now that I had time to process it.
Jalen Hurts is still the man
None of yesterday night is Jalen Hurts’ fault except for maybe one interception. The man went out there from the get-go and made plays on his feet. He ended the game going 17-of-26 for 175 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He made plays happen, especially in crunch time, but his receivers were not up to par in the game.
Good night for CJGJ and Sweat
Thankfully, again, Darius “Big Play” Slay and Josh Sweat had great nights against the Commanders’ key players. CJ-Gardner Johnson had one interception and six tackles in the game. Though the Commanders’ offense was slow at times thanks to the Eagles’ defensive front, the Commanders were still able to expose the defensive issues.
Packed house amidst the weather
it was a cold night at Lincoln Financial Field, but that didn’t stop the fans from packing into the stadium to cheer on the Eagles. It was 39º at the start of the game and dropped to 36º by the fourth quarter. Dressed in gloves, hats and other winter gear, Eagles fans were loud throughout the night and beat the cold to cheer for their team.
Lost the turnover battle
The Eagles have been notorious this season for winning the turnover battle (thanks to smart, aggressive defense). Yesterday night, the Eagles faced a handful of 3-and-outs, fumbles and an interception. This is a momentum killer and ended up having the team lose its focus and giving the Commanders the opportunity to win.
Flags (that matter) hurt the eagles
Taking out the fourth-quarter flags on the Eagles, the flags that were actual causes of concern hurt Philadelphia. The Eagles accrued a total of seven uncharacteristic flags for 75 yards. Some of these flags were uncalled for, but it doesn’t matter much now. The Eagles just need to continue to play smart football moving forward, especially against teams with great running backs.
Missing Goedert because of a risky no penalty
This historic missed face mask penalty will never be forgotten. Ignoring the flag part for a second, this face mask ended up injuring Dallas Goedert’s shoulder. The NFL has been at the “forefront” of player safety in recent weeks but is particularly quiet right now regarding Goedert’s issue. To the NFL – are players allowed to be rough, like with Goedert, or not, like with Heinicke?
I want to point out that I could go on, and absolutely include Johnathan Gannon in this list, but I will refrain for now.
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