After defeating the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday for their second straight victory, the Philadelphia Eagles took their talents on the road to CenturyLink Field against the Seattle Seahawks. The Eagles came into today’s game with a record of 1-4 on the road, looking to change their losing ways. However, they were not successful as they lost to the Seahawks 26-15.
To open up the game, the Eagles’ defense did an excellent job of forcing Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and their offense into an early 3 and out.
However, the Eagles’ offense could not do anything on their opening possession, despite getting a defensive pass interference penalty called on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
On the Seahawks’ next offensive possession, they drew first blood as rookie running back C.J. Prosise gashed the Eagles’ defense for a 72-yard rushing touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, both the Eagles and Seahawks traded punts. The Eagles’ offense, however, finally put together a beautiful scoring drive, where they stuck with the running game and got all three tight ends involved.
Zach Ertz capped the drive off with his first receiving touchdown of the season to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead, early in the second quarter. However, the Seahawks’ offense was not fazed at all by the Eagles’ impressive 13-play drive and struck back with a 10-play, 92-yard drive scoring drive of their own.
Second-year running back Thomas Rawls, who has been out since Week 2 with a hairline fracture in his fibula, punched the Eagles’ defense in the mouth, running the ball with toughness and physicality. Seattle rode Rawls down the field, but Wilson took over as he found his tight end Jimmy Graham for a 35-yard touchdown reception, putting them back up 13-7.
Then, with 5:57 to go in the first half on third down, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson dialed up a beautiful play call as Wentz found Ertz this time on a tight end screen pass for a would be 57-yard touchdown catch. However, the touchdown was nullified due to an illegal formation penalty on wide receiver Nelson Agholor.
The Eagles were then forced to punt and the Seahawks capitalized on their next offensive possession, putting together a six-play, 74-yard drive which had two big pass plays to wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka made a 21-yard field goal, increasing their lead over the Eagles to 16-7.
Lastly, before the first half ended, the Eagles’ offense got the ball back but Wentz was intercepted by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.
To start the second half, both teams traded punts, but on the Eagles’ second offensive possession, Wentz threw his second interception of the game. This time, he was intercepted by Sherman as he was trying to fit a deep ball to wide receiver Bryce Treggs.
After the Eagles’ second turnover of the game, the Seahawks’ offense put together another scoring drive, which ended in some trickery as Baldwin threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Wilson. With 7:31 left in the third quarter, the Seahawks held a commanding 23-7 lead over the Eagles.
If things could not get worse for the Eagles, they were without running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles for the rest of the game due to injury.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks tacked on two more Hauschka field goals, while the Eagles’ offense engineered another scoring drive towards the end of the game as Wentz hit wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for a five-yard touchdown reception.
With the loss, the Eagles are now 5-5 on the season and will be back in action next Monday night, when they take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.