The Giants are 3-7, however the Eagles are the workforce in turmoil coming into Sunday’s showdown — the one beset by accidents, coming off a blowout loss and dealing with questions on its franchise quarterback.
The honeymoon in Philadelphia hasn’t lasted very lengthy following the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl title final season.
Coach Doug Pederson appeared to counsel quarterback Carson Wentz was urgent in Sunday’s ugly 48-7 loss to the Saints, when he mentioned quarterbacks can “start to attempt to do issues somewhat uncharacteristic of what they’ve accomplished up to now” when the outcomes aren’t there.
Coming off the throttling by the hands of the Saints, security Malcolm Jenkins questioned a few of his teammates, saying, “the demeanor of the workforce actually bothered me” and that he “didn’t really feel like as a workforce we had a number of combat.”
“I speak about possession fairly a bit, and I feel a few of his feedback are directed towards him,” Pederson mentioned Wednesday of Jenkins. “He’ll personal that. And I feel it type of sends a message somewhat bit to everyone. We’re all held to the next customary, and it begins with me. I don’t suppose he’s addressing it to at least one explicit particular person. I feel it’s an entire, it’s a gaggle, and all of us must type of step our recreation up.”
Since manhandling the Giants in Week 6 to even their document at 3-3, the Eagles have struggled, dropping three of their previous 4 video games.
Wentz, a Professional-Bowler a 12 months in the past who missed the postseason after tearing his left ACL, hasn’t been the identical participant. He has been intercepted six occasions and misplaced 5 fumbles. Since throwing for 3 touchdowns in opposition to the Giants, Wentz has tossed simply seven TD passes in opposition to 5 interceptions over the previous month. Towards the Saints, Wentz was intercepted 3 times and accomplished 19 of 33 passes for 156 yards. Wentz was intercepted 3 times and accomplished 19 of 33 passes for 156 yards.
“I didn’t really feel like I used to be urgent,” Wentz advised reporters. “I do know late within the recreation after we have been down by what we have been, we’re simply making an attempt to make performs, making an attempt to place up factors. You’ll be able to name that urgent, however actually we’re simply making an attempt to make performs, making an attempt to combat. That led to a few turnovers.”
“These are issues it’s a must to clear up, be good about whenever you drive these. However I by no means felt like I used to be urgent within the recreation.”
To compound issues, the Eagles’ secondary has been hit arduous by accidents. Beginning security Rodney McLeod and cornerback Ronald Darby have been misplaced for the season, and cornerbacks Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Jalen Mills and Avonte Maddox are battling accidents as properly. None of them practiced Wednesday. It isn’t a coincidence the Eagles’ move protection is ranked 25th within the league.
“The season,” Pederson mentioned, “has not gone the way in which we anticipated popping out of coaching camp.”