The Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) lost for the first time since September on Sunday, falling to the Seahawks in Seattle, 24-10. Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two turnovers, as Seattle made Philadelphia one-dimensional. The Eagles trailed 10-0 after the first quarter and 17-3 after the third, as Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 20 carries for 68 yards (3.4 yards per carry).
Thus ends Philadelphia’s nine-game winning streak.
“They had the opportunities,” NBC Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst John Clark said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They had the opportunities to get a win here, and they just made too many mistakes and kind of beat themselves. But (head coach Doug Pederson) reminded the team after the game, ‘We didn’t play our best football, but we are still in control of our own destiny. We are still one of the best teams in the National Football League, and look, you’re going to get everybody’s best shot down the stretch here.’”
Especially from the NFC West-leading Rams (9-3), who host the Eagles this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
“I think this team has to remember how they got there to this point and have a little extra edge to them and extra focus,” Clark said. “I think they will beat the Rams next week. That’s a must-win if they still want to accomplish what they set out to.”
The Eagles are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind Minnesota (10-2), as fans remain optimistic about what this team can accomplish both this year and in the years ahead.
“I think they bought in, No. 1, because they have the quarterback,” Clark said of Eagles fans. “They have the quarterback they could have for the next 10 to 15 years, and the defense has been playing tremendously. They’ve got a lot of young corners and a great defensive line. They added offensive talent and Jay Ajayi at the trade deadline, brought in Tim Jernigan and resigned him, resigned Alshon Jeffery already.
“So I think Eagles fans have a lot of hope not only for this year, but also for the future,” Clark continued. “Carson Wentz didn’t play his best tonight, but he is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and is going to be leading this league into the future. Believe me: even if the Eagles don’t get to where they want to this year, Eagles fans really believe that that’s going to happen in the next three years or so with Carson Wentz and the current Eagles.”