4:54 PM - September 27, 2020
4:54 PM - September 27, 2020

What did we just watch?

The Eagles tied the Bengals, 23-23, in one of the strangest games in recent memory. Both teams had costly mistakes, although the Eagles had more of them. Despite two interceptions from Carson Wentz and a plethora of missed opportunities, the Eagles had a 59-yard field goal to win the game in overtime. That was until Matt Pryor jumped offsides, pulling the team out of field goal range and forcing them to punt. Earlier in the overtime period, a holding penalty from Nate Herbig knocked the Eagles out of field goal range. The Bengals called a meek running play deep in their own territory to run the clock out and accept the draw. The Eagles are 0-2-1 with a trip to San Francisco coming up next Sunday.

Wentz rallies the troops

Carson Wentz made a play when the Eagles needed it most, scoring a touchdown on a seven-yard run leading to a 23-23 tie with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Bengals took a knee, so we’re headed to overtime.

3:55 PM - September 27, 2020
3:55 PM - September 27, 2020

Now or never

The Eagles now trail the Bengals, 23-16, with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter after aa 25-yard field goal by Bengals kicker Randy Bullock. The team’s offense will have to respond and quickly, although the group has struggled to make many explosive plays to this point.

3:25 PM - September 27, 2020
3:25 PM - September 27, 2020

Closing time

Since we last spoke, Carson Wentz threw another interception, Darius Slay went out with an injury and the third quarter came to a close. The good news is the Eagles only trail by just four points after a 31-yard field goal by Randy Bullock gave the Bengals a 20-16 lead. The bad news is they haven’t done much to inspire confidence to this point. Carson Wentz has now thrown multiple interceptions in three straight games, something he’s never done in his career to this point. He’s one pick away from matching his total from all of last season.

3:15 PM - September 27, 2020
3:15 PM - September 27, 2020

Higgins' big day

Tee Higgins caught his second touchdown pass of the day, this one a four-yard score to give the Bengals a 17-16 lead over the Eagles with 2:22 left in the third quarter. Higgins' second touchdown catch came against Trevor Williams, who was playing his first snap in relief of Avonte Maddox, who is questionable to return with an ankle injury. Higgins took advantage of Williams' cold legs, beating him on a crossing route in the end zone.

3:00 PM - September 27, 2020
3:00 PM - September 27, 2020

Eagles extend the lead

The Eagles built their lead on a 54-yard field goal from Jake Elliott with 8:39 left in the third quarter. It was another long Eagles drive that didn’t make it very far, this one lasting 10 plays to gain 39 yards and chewing up 6 minutes, 21 seconds of time. Jalen Huts lined up at quarterback for the Eagles during the drive and ran for eight yards on a designed quarterback run.

2:55 PM - September 27, 2020
2:55 PM - September 27, 2020

Dallas Goedert out, DeSean Jackson questionable

The Eagles' offense suffered at least one more loss at the start of the second half with Dallas Goedert being downgraded to out with an ankle injury. Goedert got hurt in the first quarter and won’t return. DeSean Jackson, who was also hobbled in the first half, is questionable to return with a hamstring injury.

2:39 PM - September 27, 2020
2:39 PM - September 27, 2020

Eagles grab lead just before halftime

The Eagles are leading 13-10 after Carson Wentz found Greg Ward for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in the first half. Ward’s score flipped the script on what could have been characterized as a stagnant offensive effort against the Bengals' lackluster defense.

2:30 PM - September 27, 2020
2:30 PM - September 27, 2020

Burrow breaks the drought

The Bengals got the first touchdown of the day on a one-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Tee Higgins for a 10-6 lead with 1:30 left in the first half.

2:17 PM - September 27, 2020
2:17 PM - September 27, 2020

Eagles reclaim small lead

Jake Elliott gave the Eagles a 6-3 lead with a 42-yard field goal at the end of a 10-play, 51-yard drive. The Eagles offense has struggled to make explosive plays, reducing the group to the slow, methodical drives that haunted them last year. Carson Wentz is averaging 4.05 yards per attempt and has just 77 passing yards.

2:07 PM - September 27, 2020
2:07 PM - September 27, 2020

Bengals on the board

The Bengals tied things up, 3-3, with 7:33 left in the second quarter after Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock hit a 48-yarder. Cincinnati was without Joe Burrow for one play as he shook off a massive hit from Malik Jackson.

1:32 PM - September 27, 2020
1:32 PM - September 27, 2020

Scoreless streak ended

The Eagles took a 3-0 lead on a 27-yard field goal from Jake Elliott on the first play of the second quarter. The kick concluded a 16-play drive that went 82 yards. Carson Wentz ran several times on the drive and was sacked once at the end of the drive.

1:15 PM - September 27, 2020
1:15 PM - September 27, 2020

Wentz’s woes continue

Carson Wentz’s third pass of the game was tipped at the line and intercepted by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson on the Eagles' opening drive.

1:08 PM - September 27, 2020
1:08 PM - September 27, 2020

Sweat stops the drive

The Eagles' run defense was getting gashed early, but a sack from defensive end Josh Sweat on a third-and-3 killed the Bengals momentum on the opening drive. Sweat got the start at defensive end over Derek Barnett, the team’s 2017 first-round pick.

1:00 PM - September 27, 2020
1:00 PM - September 27, 2020

Eagles elect to defer

The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer, giving the defense the first chance of the day.

12:00 PM - September 27, 2020
12:00 PM - September 27, 2020

Welcome to the Blog

Good afternoon, Eagles fans. Greetings from an empty Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles are currently warming up in anticipation of their Week 3 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals at 1:00 p.m. It’s a battle between winless teams, and the Eagles will be trying to avoid their worst start to a season since 1999.

Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick in last April’s NFL draft, stands in the Birds' way, trying to right the Bengals' ship after two straight losses. Cincinnati has the rest advantage, enjoying a long week after playing Thursday Night Football in Week 2.

Expect to see a couple newer faces playing significant snaps for the Eagles' offense today. Matt Pryor will start at right guard in Isaac Seumalo’s absence, bumping Nate Herbig over to left guard. Jalen Reagor is out for a few weeks, meaning there will be more playing time for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, and perhaps even Deontay Burnett, who the team promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Defensively, Fletcher Cox is questionable going into the game, but he’s active and was warming up before the game as if he’d play.

12:00 PM - September 27, 2020
12:00 PM - September 27, 2020

Pre-game stories of interest

Be sure to study the keys of the game and the matchups to watch with Paul Domowitch’s scouting report.

Got a prediction for the game? See how far yours is to mine and the rest of the Eagles' beat writing crew’s here.

Few people know Eagles passing game coordinator Press Taylor as well as his brother, Bengals coach Zac Taylor. As Jeff McLane writes, Zac believes his younger brother is capable of turning the Birds' offense around.

Nate Herbig is on the other side of the offensive line, but he’s not ready to make any excuses for himself. Les Bowen has the story.

Seeing Joe Burrow this afternoon could look familiar to some Eagles fans. Mike Sielski argues the Bengals' rookie is right where Carson Wentz has been before.