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Eagles not ready for prime time…yet…Seattle 26, Philly 15…

Due to another big windstorm I lost power here late in the 3rd quarter of the game— but I already knew the Eagles had a power outage of their own which would not be corrected in time to save the day.

Unfortunately, the physical pounding of the Eagles by the Seahawks continued in my blackout absence…

Here’s how the game turned based upon what others saw while I danced in the dark:

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Carson Wentz threw a pair of interceptions and the Eagles offense was limited to about four yards per play in a 26-15 loss to the Seahawks. Nelson Agholor’s illegal formation and drop highlight mistake-filled afternoon for Doug Pederson’s group.

4h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Eagles injuries continue to pile up: cornerback Leodis McKelvin being evaluated for a head injury.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer:

Throwback pass…Doug Baldwin to Russell Wilson off the reverse. TD. And you would be surprised how many coverages (both zone and man) don’t account for the QB on gadget-type plays. Seahawks jump to a 23-7 lead over the Eagles in the third quarter.

5h

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer:

Carson Wentz intercepted on the deep post. Took a shot with the offense backed up on the goal line. But the key here is the positioning of CB Richard Sherman. Stay on top of the route. Then turn into a wide receiver to go finish the play. Still a 16-7 Seahawks lead in the third quarter.

5h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Eagles suddenly depleted in the backfield: Darren Sproles (ribs) and Ryan Mathews (knee) will not return.

6h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

The struggles continue for former first-round pick Nelson Agholor. An illegal formation negates a long TD from Zach Ertz, and the receiver follows that with a key drop over the middle. Eagles trail Seahawks 16-7 at the break.

6h

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer:

Nelson Agholor entered Sunday with a 5.6 percent drop rate for his NFL career. The average since the start of last season was 3.5 percent for players with at least 50 targets. Note: ESPN’s standard for drops is high. Has to be a blatant drop, pretty much.

6h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

An illegal formation wipes out a 57-yard catch and run TD by Zach Ertz in the second quarter. Huge play in the game. Seattle leads Eagles 13-7.

6h

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer:

We just saw what a healthy Russell Wilson can do to the defense on his TD pass to Jimmy Graham. Extend the play, get outside of the pocket and create. That puts a ton of stress on defensive backs and linebackers in coverage. Seahawks up 13-7 on the Eagles in the second quarter.

6h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Eagles injury updates: LT Jason Peters (forearm) will return. RB Ryan Mathews (knee) return questionable. DE Vinny Curry being evaluated on sideline after leaving field in clear discomfort.

6h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Tight end Zach Ertz’s first TD of the season puts the Eagles up on the Seahawks 7-6 early in the second quarter. He has emerged as a top target for Carson Wentz over the last two-plus games.

7h

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer:

Good route from Eagles TE Zach Ertz on the TD. That’s a pivot route — release to the flat and break back inside. Forced Kam Chancellor to over-play the break. Eagles now up 7-6 on the Seahawks.

7h

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer:

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters limps off the field after that third down play and is getting looked at by trainers on the Eagles sideline.

7h

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer:

72-yard TD run for Seahawks rookie C.J. Prosise. Smooth footwork to shake tackles and the long speed to take that run to the house. Zone scheme. Find some room. Seahawks up 6-0 on the Eagles.

And so it was not to be.  We wore down ever so steadily while the Seahawks seemed to get stronger. And Russell Wilson the baseball player made our football guys look like amateurs.

Wilson threw for 272 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin as the Seahawks rolled past the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 on Sunday.

Wilson became the first quarterback in franchise history to catch a touchdown, a perfect end-around pass from Baldwin to Seattle’s athletic QB as he ran down the left sideline and dove into the end zone to give the Seahawks a 23-7 lead.

Seattle had the call in the playbook for a few weeks and finally broke it out against the Eagles.

“I’ve been begging for that play for the past two or three weeks. They doubted my arm ability, they doubted I could make the throw, so I’m glad I got to prove them wrong,” Baldwin said with a grin.

Wilson was already causing headaches for the Eagles well before his TD catch. He scrambled and threw across his body to find Jimmy Graham on a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter as Seattle built a 16-7 halftime lead that was more than enough. Rookie C.J. Prosise had a 72-yard touchdown run on Seattle’s fifth offensive play — the longest run by a Seattle player since CenturyLink Field opened in 2002.

Wilson completed 18 of 31 passes, with four of them going to Baldwin for 104 yards, along with the first touchdown pass of his career.

“I don’t know who is playing better than him right now,” Baldwin said of Wilson. “He’s the best player in the league right now, by far.”

Philadelphia lost its fifth straight road game as rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was provided an education while facing one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Wentz (23 of 45 for 218 yards) was good early, especially on Philadelphia’s first scoring driving that was capped by a 4-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz in the opening moments of the second quarter. Wentz then went 5 of 14 for 25 yards and two interceptions during the rest of the second and the third quarter.

Philadelphia’s wide receivers didn’t help Wentz, going mostly invisible against Seattle’s secondary. Until the early stages of the fourth quarter, Eagles’ wide receivers had the same amount of yards receiving combined as Wilson — 15.  Dorial Green-Beckham caught a 5-yard TD with 3:46 remaining.

“I thought overall it’s going to be a great learning experience for him, coming in here, a tough place, and trying to get a win,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz. “I thought he played OK.”

The game took a brutal toll with injuries. Philadelphia lost running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (ribs) before halftime, while Prosise injured his shoulder and cornerback DeShawn Shead hurt his hamstring in the first half. Prosise suffered a “scapula injury,” according to coach Pete Carroll, and will be out a while.

The biggest loss could turn out to be Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who grabbed at his left hamstring in the third quarter running in coverage downfield on Wentz’s pass that was intercepted by Richard Sherman. Thomas was examined on the sideline for several minutes and taken to the locker room.

Carroll said the team didn’t know the severity of Thomas’ injury.

RAWLS RETURN—Seattle had the services of running back Thomas Rawls for the first time since he suffered a hairline fracture of his right shin in Week 2. With Prosise injured, Rawls took the bulk of the carries in the second half and finished with 57 yards on 14 carries.

“My leg is fine. Please don’t bring it up,” Rawls said.

The Seahawks didn’t want to overwork Rawls in his first game back, so backup QB Trevone Boykin got two snaps at running back in the closing minutes. His one carry was for minus-5 yards.

CARELESS MISTAKES—Nelson Agholor had a first half to forget for Philadelphia.

He failed to line up properly and was flagged for illegal formation on what would have been a 57-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Ertz. He also had a critical drop late in the half as he ran wide open across the middle after beating Sherman off the line of scrimmage.

“He’s trying his best, that’s all you can ask for,” Ertz said. “It’s not like he went out there that play and said `I’m going to take a touchdown away.’ We made a lot of mistakes tonight.”

Philadelphia returns home to host Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 28.

Final:

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 7 0 8 15
SEA 6 10 7 3 26
111T PHI SEA
TD
11:02
C.J. Prosise 72 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka PAT blocked)
2 plays, 80 yards, 0:48
0 6
PHI SEA
TD
14:13
Zach Ertz 4 Yd pass from Carson Wentz (Caleb Sturgis Kick)
13 plays, 68 yards, 7:35
7 6
TD
8:20
Jimmy Graham 35 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick)
10 plays, 92 yards, 5:53
7 13
FG
3:47
Steven Hauschka 21 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 74 yards, 1:45
7 16
T PHI SEA
TD
7:31
Russell Wilson 15 Yd pass from Doug Baldwin (Steven Hauschka Kick)
6 plays, 59 yards, 2:16
7 23
PHI SEA
FG
13:34
Steven Hauschka 35 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 24 yards, 2:42
7 26
TD
3:42
Dorial Green-Beckham 5 Yd pass from Carson Wentz (Carson Wentz Pass to Nelson Agholor for Two-Point Conversion)
10 plays, 66 yards, 3:33
15 26
Matchup
1st Downs 20 18
Passing 1st downs 13 12
Rushing 1st downs 6 5
1st downs from penalties 1 1
3rd down efficiency 6-16 5-15
4th down efficiency 1-3 0-0
Total Plays 73 63
Total Yards 308 439
Total Drives 13 14
Yards per Play 4.2 7.0
Passing 195 287
Comp-Att 23-45 19-32
Yards per pass 4.1 8.7
Interceptions thrown 2 0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-23 1-0
Rushing 113 152
Rushing Attempts 26 30
Yards per rush 4.3 5.1
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-2 1-3
Penalties 8-48 7-48
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 2 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 31:06 28:54
Philadelphia Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Carson Wentz 23/45 218 4.8 2 2 2-23 30.7 61.2
TEAM 23/45 195 4.8 2 2 2-23 61.2
Philadelphia Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Wendell Smallwood 13 48 3.7 0 18
Ryan Mathews 7 31 4.4 0 18
Kenjon Barner 3 17 5.7 0 11
Darren Sproles 2 15 7.5 0 8
Carson Wentz 1 2 2.0 0 2
TEAM 26 113 4.3 0 18
Philadelphia Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG TGTS
Jordan Matthews 5 59 11.8 0 26 10
Dorial Green-Beckham 5 54 10.8 1 21 8
Zach Ertz 6 35 5.8 1 11 11
Wendell Smallwood 4 31 7.8 0 18 5
Brent Celek 1 19 19.0 0 19 1
Trey Burton 1 14 14.0 0 14 2
Darren Sproles 1 6 6.0 0 6 1
Kenjon Barner 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Nelson Agholor 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
Bryce Treggs 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
TEAM 23 218 9.5 2 26 44
Philadelphia Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Malcolm Jenkins 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
Nolan Carroll II 6 4 0 0 1 0 0
Nigel Bradham 6 4 0 0 1 0 0
Jordan Hicks 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
Jaylen Watkins 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
Fletcher Cox 4 2 0 1 1 1 0
Leodis McKelvin 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
Rodney McLeod 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
Jalen Mills 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Connor Barwin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mychal Kendricks 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bennie Logan 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brandon Graham 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Vinny Curry 2 1 0.5 0 0 2 0
Wendell Smallwood 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Smith II 2 0 0.5 0 0 1 0
Bryan Braman 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Ertz 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Treggs 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Beau Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Destiny Vaeao 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kamu Grugier-Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM 66 36 1 1 5 6 0
Seattle Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Russell Wilson 18/31 272 8.8 1 0 1-0 70.4 97.8
Doug Baldwin 1/1 15 15.0 1 0 0-0 100.0 158.3
TEAM 19/32 287 9.0 2 0 1-0 109.8
Seattle Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
C.J. Prosise 4 76 19.0 1 72
Thomas Rawls 14 57 4.1 0 18
Russell Wilson 8 19 2.4 0 7
Troymaine Pope 2 3 1.5 0 2
Will Tukuafu 1 2 2.0 0 2
Trevone Boykin 1 -5 -5.0 0 -5
TEAM 30 152 5.1 1 72
Seattle Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LONG TGTS
Doug Baldwin 4 104 26.0 0 44 5
Jimmy Graham 3 46 15.3 1 35 5
Tyler Lockett 2 39 19.5 0 30 3
Thomas Rawls 3 31 10.3 0 20 4
Jermaine Kearse 2 29 14.5 0 17 6
Russell Wilson 1 15 15.0 1 15 1
Luke Willson 1 12 12.0 0 12 1
Paul Richardson 1 6 6.0 0 6 3
C.J. Prosise 2 5 2.5 0 5 3
TEAM 19 287 15.1 2 44 31
Seattle Defense
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Bobby Wagner 15 5 1 2 0 1 0
K.J. Wright 10 6 0 1 1 0 0
Kam Chancellor 8 1 0 0 2 0 0
Jeremy Lane 6 5 0 0 0 0 0
Neiko Thorpe 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
Richard Sherman 4 2 0 0 2 0 0
Steven Terrell 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
Earl Thomas 4 1 0 0 1 0 0
Frank Clark 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
John Jenkins 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brock Coyle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cliff Avril 2 2 1 0 0 4 0
DeAndre Elliott 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jarran Reed 2 1 0 0 1 1 0
Cassius Marsh 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
DeShawn Shead 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Damontre Moore 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nolan Frese 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tony McDaniel 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TEAM 75 29 2 4 8 7 0
Seattle Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Kam Chancellor 1 5 0
Richard Sherman 1 0 0
TEAM 2 5 0