Hurts’ Spark Fizzles As Eagles Lose Fourth Straight Game

Even with a quarterback change in the second half, the Eagles fail to sustain any offensive firepower as they fall to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. This is the Eagles fourth straight loss since their bye in week 11. Here are two takeaways from the game.

After yet another abysmal first half from QB Carson Wentz, head coach Doug Pederson decided to move to rookie QB Jalen Hurts for the second half. Wentz finished the day completing six out of fifteen passes for 79 yards. His longest pass of the game came on a missed touchdown opportunity to TE Dallas Goedert . Hurts finished the game completing five of twelve passes for 109 yards. He threw for the Eagles’ lone offensive touchdown and an interception to all but seal the game for the Packers. His touchdown pass was a 32 yard pass to WR Greg Ward Jr. on a 4th and 18 play. Of course, this pass sparked a social media frenzy as some fans were more than elated to see Hurts throw his first NFL touchdown.

Despite the late game spark, the offense failed to mount the comeback against the Packers. It’s safe to say that another QB controversy has spread like wildfire on Eagles social media. It’s also safe to say that regardless of whoever is under center for Philadelphia, this offense is extremely stale and cannot compete against the best teams in the league. This week should be interesting for the Eagles’ offensive staff as they have to decide who is the leader for this offense— and the team— for the last stretch of the season.

Secondary Woes Continue

Last year, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers picked on the weak Eagles secondary to move the chain. This year was no different as Green Bay methodically carved up the Eagles secondary. This was once again led by Packers WR Davante Adam, as he caught ten passes on twelve targets for 121 yards. He also notched 2 touchdowns. He spent most of his game being covered by CB Darius Slay, who had his second straight bad game this season. Slay would not finish the game as he was dealing with a knee injury. CB Avonte Maddox also struggled to contain WR Allen Lazard as Maddox gave up a 31 yard pass on 3rd and 3. This pass would set up a touchdown for the Packers late in the third quarter. The secondary, once again, proved to be the Eagles’ achilles heal in getting off the field quickly. However, their struggles do not just solely fall on they shoulders. The Eagles’ problem on the secondary is a direct correlation to improper scheming and poor drafting for that position by general manager Howie Roseman. The corners on this team are left on an island in man coverage against the league’s best receivers when they do not have the speed nor height to compete with these players, let alone make plays on them. Maddox is essentially a slot typer corner playing on the outside and its hurting the Eagles’ chances to be competitive on defense. If the Eagles plan on stopping this late season slide, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz must provide some safety help for his struggling corners.

Where Do the Eagles Go From Here?

The Eagles have a host of things to figure out before they host the Saints next week at Lincoln Financial Field. One is for certain: sixteen points is not enough to stop the top team in the NFC. The Eagles must find ways other than benching their starting QB to sustain offensive momentum. The defense must figure out a way to stop receivers from carving up their secondary. This team has six days to find some sort of identity and bring it onto the field. Because if they don’t, the team will have no one else to blame but themselves for the grave the 2020 season now lies in.

Next on the Schedule

Philadelphia (3-8-1): vs New Orleans Saints (10-2) at Lincoln Financial Field. Game will start at 4:25pm EST and will be broadcasted on FOX.

Green Bay (9-3): vs. Detroit Lions (5-7) at Ford Field. Game will start at 4:25pm EST and will be broadcasted on FOX.

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