Eagles encouraged that it was just their fault they lost

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Pardon the Eagles if they’re not quite sure how to handle losing. They hadn’t done it since Week Two.

But as they absorbed a road loss to Seattle last night and now head to Southern California for a week of preparations before their next game with the Rams, they feel like their second loss of the season was their own fault.

“It’s definitely better when it’s a self-inflicted thing that you can correct,” veteran center Jason Kelce said, via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It’s not like, in my opinion, still have to go watch the tape, but it wasn’t like we were by far the worst team out there. I think we were the more undisciplined team today. And that ended up culminating in putting us in a situation where we couldn’t win the game.

“I think that it’s encouraging that as long as we get that fixed, we can beat a team like this and we should beat a team like this. It’s encouraging, but at the end of the day, it’s still frustrating.”

They are still tied for the best record in the NFC with the Vikings, but there were some issues exposed that they’re going to need to work on.

Quarterback Carson Wentz‘s fumble through the end zone (which effectively ended things early in the third quarter) was the first one, but far from the only one. They were more conservative than normal in their play-calling (not going for a fourth-and-2 before halftime was out of character), and committed some poorly timed penalties.

At least they can sequester themselves somewhere warm while they work on the mistakes.

“We’ll be fine,” Wentz said. “The guys in this locker room, we’re all mature, we’ll all respond just fine. We’re all frustrated about this one, but we’re not too worried. I think we’ll be just fine.”

We’ll find out this week if that’s true.

26 responses to “Eagles encouraged that it was just their fault they lost

  1. Dissapointed at the loss, can’t say otherwise but hopefully the team will learn from it, Wilson was ultimately too good for us. To many silly mistakes on our end and I think Pederson was a bit too conservative too, anyway, on to next week

  2. A loss is a loss. Lots of uncharacteristic things did happen. First, Carson’s early overthrow of a wide-open Agholor. The fumble out the back of the end zone. Coach’s first challenge, which was a fuzzy looking replay, when he already knew he was going for it on 4th down regardless of replay, which was a waste of a timeout and caused hesitancy to not throw flag later for Seattle’s forward lateral on 3rd down. But here is what isn’t uncharacteristic, just like last year, when Eagles were in closer games, Coach Pederson’s play calling, decision making, and propensity to be tentative on offense or choose odd play calls are an issue for him in high pressure situations or big games.

  3. Great win for the Hawks. The tone was set early when the Defense was able to lay hands on Wentz, albeit a 15 yd penalty early on. And I don’t care how good your Defense is if they have to chase Wilson for 4 qtrs they will eventually get exposed.

  4. Good. Everything that went wrong last night is correctable. The plan on offense was not to lose the game for the defense and, unless you are the Jaguars, that plan will usually get you a loss.

    I think every Eagles fan was scratching their head when they didn’t go for it on 4th and 2 at the end of the half.

  5. “I think that it’s encouraging that as long as we get that fixed, we can beat a team like this and we should beat a team like this. It’s encouraging” yet in reality… lost by 14 to a “team like this”. I mean, they also played a “team like this” in week 5 and won by 5, but the fact a team like this = an actually above .500 team, it doesn’t look good heading into the playoffs. if the vikings somehow get homefield advantage, it’s going to be a tough road to the superbow

  6. “Self Inflicted”= NFL put a winning team on their schedule.

    “We’ll be fine”….as long as we get to keep playing teams like the Bears, Skins, Giants, and Cowboys without Zeke.

  7. The Eagles are like the Cowboys last year, they haven’t really beat anybody yet they have basically been crowned Super Bowl champions. They need to hope they get the first round bye like the Cowboys did last year so they won’t lose until the second round of the playoffs!

  8. I agree. They left at least 20 points on the field with bad passes on 3 or 4 plays on uncovered men. Wentz had a bad game. The play calling in the first half was awful. The fumble at the goal line killed them. Seattle played a decent game, but Wentz lost this one.

  9. They’ve played on of the weaker schedules in the entire league. No one should be surprised they went into Seattle (one of the toughest stadiums to play in) and lost to the Seahawks (a team thats made the playoffs the last 5 years).

    I’m not saying they aren’t a good team. I just don’t think they even get to the Superbowl.

  10. LOL I love Jason Kelce, but literally every losing team in the history of football claims that they beat themselves. Nonsense, the Seahawks beat us fair and square (except for the illegal forward pass…that’s cheating LOL). Wilson and Bobby Wagner in particular were excellent and completely took over the game.

    The Eagles definitely could have played better, but the Seahawks are the major reason they didn’t.

  11. The Wentz fumble occurred with a 7 point deficit.

    Last time I checked, immediately after the fumble, when the Eagles D came on the field after the Seahawks got the ball because of the fumble, the deficit was still 7 points. And correct me if I’m mistaken, but, at that time, the defense could have stopped Seattle from getting a first down, in which case, Seattle would have had to punt the ball back to the Eagles. But instead, the Eagles D couldn’t get off the field, and SEattle scored a TD 80 yards later.

    So, yeah, while the fumble was a darn shame, great teams rise above those emotional lows and do their jobs. The Eagles’ D is just as much to blame as that fumble.

  12. Fly Eagles Fly….down to LA and lose again. Ahhhhh I found the game pretty funny. After all the hype throughout the week…..I was told Philly would lay the smack down. I’m still waiting.

  13. Had nothing to do with playing a team with a winning record, it was all self inflicted. And denial is a river in Eqypt. The Eagles have beaten one team with a winning record, one! Something tells me that they’ll become more familiar with losing over the next couple of weeks.

  14. They may lose over the next couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean this loss wasn’t self inflicted. I don’t think anyone is saying they are unbeatable. They had multiple chances and blew it. They fumbled on the 1 had a wr running wide open multiple times , a decent thrown ball both times is probably a touchdown. They had the chances, the kid just had a bad day. Seattle made plays when opportunity was there. The Eagles missed lay ups. Seattle is a good team, but the chances were there.

  15. The Eagles outshines the Hawks in total yards, 1st downs, and in TOP. The Eagles had 4 plays that had they made them would be Yes. Give the Hawks credit for the win, however I do understand what the Eagles mean.

  16. bhcpaul1989 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:07 am
    The Eagles are like the Cowboys last year, they haven’t really beat anybody yet they have basically been crowned Super Bowl champions. They need to hope they get the first round bye like the Cowboys did last year so they won’t lose until the second round of the playoffs!
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    I’ve been saying this for weeks but Eagles fans kept down voting it. Facts are facts, and you said it pefectly.

  17. Justin Morris says:
    December 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm
    The Eagles outshines the Hawks in total yards, 1st downs, and in TOP. The Eagles had 4 plays that had they made them would be Yes. Give the Hawks credit for the win, however I do understand what the Eagles mean.
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    Too bad the NFL uses the point system, TD’s EP’s, FG’s and Safeties, and not 1st downs, yards and TOP, otherwise the Eagles would have won.

  18. If anybody understands this it should be Seahawk fans. I remember a Superbowl not to long ago, with the best short yardage back in football, passing at what was it, the 2 yard line. I’m sure you were all like, we deserve to lose. No you all screamed because the chance was there, but they blew it. Eagles had many opportunities and shot themselves in the foot.

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