- Pretty mediocre showing for Mark Sanchez, who managed just 96 yards on 20 pass attempts. Sanchez did throw two touchdown passes, but just couldn’t get the passing attack opened up down the field which really hurt the team’s chances. If you limit the amount of field that this Seattle defense has to cover, they’re going to clamp down on you and make life difficult.
- Sanchez was only able to connect with four different receivers on the day.
- None of his completions went to running backs, which is a same to lose the explosiveness that either LeSean McCoy or Darren Sproles can bring out of the backfield.
- LeSean McCoy was held to just 50 yards on 17 carries, but also committed a backbreaking turnover that really swung the momentum of this game. On the first play of the third quarter, McCoy fumbled the ball away, setting the Seahawks up with a short field that led to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown reception, turning a 10-7 game into a 17-7 one.
- Disappointing that Chris Polk wasn’t given an opportunity to carry the football today after the success he’s had in recent weeks.
- Nice to see Zach Ertz get involved a bit on offense. Ertz hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
- Jeremy Maclin caught the team’s first touchdown, but was held to just three catches for 21 yards on the day.
- Jordan Matthews caught just two balls for 23 yards, his worst performance to date with Sanchez as the quarterback.
- Malcolm Jenkins dropped what could have been a game-changing interception the fourth quarter. Jenkins successfully anticipated and jumped a route, but allowed the ball to slip away.
- The Eagles continue to do a pretty good job against the run, holding Marshawn Lynch to just 86 yards on 23 carries.
- Fletcher Cox was very active once again, leading the team with 11 tackles.
- Mychal Kendrick also had 11 stops and forced a fumble.
- Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry each picked up a sack.
- Josh Huff had a nice kick return in the third quarter, but nearly fumbled the ball away.
- Nice open field stop by Nollan Carroll in the third quarter.
- Darren Sproles uncharacteristically muffed a punt, though it didn’t result in a turnover.
Great defense almost always triumphs over great offense.
That’s a lesson that the Seattle Seahawks retaught the league last year, and its a lesson they gave to the Eagles today.
More and more, we’re seeing that Mark Sanchez isn’t anything more than a backup quarterback. He’s a guy that can come in and successfully facilitate this offense, but he isn’t someone that a team can lean on to take them to another level. Against a softer defense like the Carolina Panthers or Dallas Cowboys, he can thrive. Against a stronger defense like Seattle, the passing attack will fold along with him.
The Eagles defense actually played well enough for them to win this game. They kept the game close throughout, and their final numbers for the day might have looked a little better if LeSean McCoy didn’t carelessly set them up with a short field to start the third quarter.
This loss may have cost the Eagles a chance for a first-round bye. With the Cardinals winning again, and the Packers likely to defeat Atlanta tomorrow night, the Eagles for all intents and purposes are really two games back in the hunt for a top seed. They’ve lost head to heads with both of those teams, and with just a couple of weeks to go, the best they can hope for realistically is a three seed.
All of the sudden, we’re right back to where we were two weeks ago. Tied with Dallas for the top of the division, with an imminent meeting with the hated Cowboys on the horizon.