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Wentz, offense struggle again in another Eagles loss

Tue Dec 1 1:06am ET
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks' Benson Mayowa (95) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is grabbed by Seattle Seahawks' Poona Ford (97) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Even facing the league's worst defense couldn't help the Philadelphia Eagles figure out their offensive woes.

Carson Wentz had another rough game and his teammates didn't provide much support in a 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

The offensive line struggled again, receivers weren't open often enough and a couple times didn't run the right route.

All of it added up to a measly 250 total yards against a defense that came in allowing a league-high 434.9 yards, including a league-worst 343.7 yards passing.

''We just didn't make plays,'' Wentz said. ''I don't think it was scheme. I didn't make enough plays. I didn't make enough good throws.''

Wentz was 25 of 45 for 215 yards, two TDs and one interception. Following a week of speculation that rookie backup Jalen Hurts would get more playing time, it didn't happen. Hurts played two snaps and threw one pass, a completion.

''It's not about one guy,'' coach Doug Pederson said. ''We had breakdowns across the board. It doesn't matter who was back there, the mistakes were gonna be made and it's something we have to fix.''

The Eagles went three-and-out on their first five drives. They didn't get a first down until Wentz ran for 20 yards with under five minutes left in the first half.

''I can be better early,'' Wentz said. ''Slow starts are frustrating.''

Pederson defended going for fourth-and-4 from the Seahawks 15 down 11 points in the fourth quarter, saying the team needed to ''stay aggressive.'' Wentz's pass went straight to Seattle's Quandre Diggs as Dallas Goedert turned the other way on the route.

''I'll take the blame,'' Goedert said. ''I knew the ball was coming to me. I was trying to do too much.''

Philadelphia used its 10th different offensive line combination after losing three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson for the season with an ankle injury. Three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks hasn't played this season following surgery on his Achilles.

Wentz was sacked six times and got hit numerous times.

''We have battled with a lot of injury, a lot of moving parts,'' Pederson said. ''We haven't had the consistency and continuity you would like. We don't make excuses for it. We have to get better.''

The Eagles (3-7-1) would be playing for draft positioning in most seasons with such a poor record but they're only a half-game behind the Giants (4-7) and Washington in the woeful NFC East.

''I'm frustrated. I hate losing,'' Wentz said. ''But the crazy thing is this division is wide open and guys know that. We're looking ahead to next week, getting this thing turned around, getting going in the right direction and hopefully surprise some people.''

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Jason Myers Dec 1 12:20am ET

Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers wasn't the top option of the week, but he finished quite well in the team's Week 12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. He went 3-for-3 on his field goals and he nailed both of his extra points. This is the type of game that you've been looking for out of Myers. His team's red-zone efficiency was lacking in this game, and he was rewarded appropriately. Myers should be a solid starting kicker in fantasy over the next couple weeks with matchups against the Giants in Week 13 and the winless Jets in Week 14. If you currently roster him, you might not have a better option available to you on the waiver wire.

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Travis Fulgham Dec 1 12:20am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham doubled his production from the past two weeks in Week 12. That wasn't a good thing though, as Fulgham had gone two straight games with one catch for eight yards. In Week 12, he made two catches for 16 yards. Progress! He was only targeted twice, as almost all Eagles pass catchers struggled to separate from the objectively bad Seahawks Defense. Fulgham came on strong seemingly out of nowhere this season, but quickly reminded everyone why he was in the nowhere he came from. He hasn't put up more than two fantasy points since Week 8.

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Seattle Seahawks Dec 1 12:20am ET

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Alshon Jeffery Dec 1 12:20am ET

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Jalen Reagor Dec 1 12:20am ET

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Tyler Lockett Dec 1 12:10am ET

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Boston Scott Dec 1 12:10am ET

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Dallas Goedert Dec 1 12:10am ET

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Russell Wilson Dec 1 12:00am ET

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Chris Carson Dec 1 12:00am ET

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Miles Sanders Dec 1 12:00am ET

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Jared Goff Nov 30 11:20pm ET

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