The Eagles fell to 3-6-1 Sunday after a 22-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns. It was an ugly game from start to finish, and yet another concerning performance from Carson Wentz. Wentz threw two interceptions, including a pick-six. The offense also surrendered a safety, meaning the Browns’ defense nearly outscored the Eagles’ offense.
The Eagles’ defense held up against the run for the first half, but surrendered a 53-yard run to Nick Chubb which set up a scoring drive. Chubb finished the game with 114 rushing yards.
Even though the Browns were without Myles Garrett, the Eagles’ patchwork offensive line struggled once again. Wentz was sacked four times, three by defensive end Olivier Vernon. Both Lane Johnson and Jason Peters finished the game on the sideline, although it’s unclear if Peters was benched or injured.
The Eagles have a long week now, but a daunting matchup looming against the 7-3 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Both the Giants and Washington Football Team are now a half game out of the division lead at 3-7.
Browns cornerback Denzel Ward dropped an interception earlier in the drive, but he got Carson Wentz back when it mattered most. Wentz threw his second interception with the Eagles driving on the 10-yard line. It was the second scoreless redzone drive for the Birds, and it was Wentz’s second costly interception.
Instead of needing a field goal and a touchdown, the Eagles will now need two touchdowns in the final four minutes to beat the Browns. The Browns’ rushing attacked leaned on a tired Eagles defense for nine runs on an 11-play drive.
Browns running game comes alive on touchdown drive
The Eagles defense had Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt bottled up until Chubb broke a 54-yard run highlighted by a devastating stiff arm. Hunt finished the drive with a five-yard touchdown run and a hurdle. The running back duo showed why they are one of the league’s best, and put the Eagles behind by two scores.
The Eagles stalled another potential Browns scoring drive after Derek Barnett returned to the game and blocked a field goal. The field goal would have given the Browns an eight-point lead in a game where points have been hard to come by.
No one has been sacked more than Carson Wentz this season, and not even Myles Garrett’s absence could stop the Browns from adding to that. Olivier Vernon powered through Jason Peters for a safety. It was his third sack, and the Browns’ fourth total. Peters has been a victim on two of those.
Jason Peters needs to be benched. He got a chip from Greg Ward and help from Isaac Seumalo and still allowed that Olivier Vernon sack for a safety. #Eagles
One play after a Fletcher Cox sack and forced fumble, Carson Wentz capitalized. He found Richard Rodgers wide open in the back of the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown. It was a makeup play for Rodgers, too. He missed a block on Wentz’s pick-six. Cox’s strip-sack was recovered by Alex Singleton.
Don’t question Jason Kelce’s toughness. Despite not even being able to buckle his chinstrap inside the huddle, the starting center is back in. His mobility is limited on his left elbow, but he appears good enough to play.
What the heck happened to Travis Fulgham? After a five-game stretch in which he was one of the most targeted and most productive wideouts in the entire league, Fulgham had zero targets in the first half. The concerning lack of involvement for the former practice-squad standout has been going on now for two weeks, but it’s worth noting the Eagles offense had some of its best moments when constantly targeting Fulgham.
With Jason Kelce sidelined, you could argue Jordan Mailata is the team’s third-best available offensive lineman behind just Lane Johnson and Isaac Seumalo. Jason Peters, who is starting in front of Mailata, has been shaky so far and has given up two sacks. Considering Peters played right guard all of training camp, the decision to keep Mailata on the sideline is questionable.
The Eagles secondary is putting together another concerning performance. It’s obvious defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is committed to stopping the run based on the way the linebacking corps is getting downhill, but it’s come at the expense of giving up several chunk passing plays. Avonte Maddox has been picked on at times and has left guys wide open down the field. If it’s not corrected at halftime, the Browns could start turning these errors into points.
Both offenses got inside the other’s five-yard line but neither scored points. That may be the best way to the describe the first half. Rainy games sometimes cause ugly plays, but the mistakes so far are a result of more than the weather. The lone score was on a pick-six by Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki.
Jason Kelce is questionable to return after suffering an elbow injury. He slammed his helmet to the ground, showing his displeasure. After refusing to go in the blue tent, he headed to the locker room. Kelce is the one Eagles lineman who hasn’t missed action. He has started 99 straight games, which is the longest streak in the NFL for a center. Undrafted rookie Luke Juriga is in at center.
With Jason Kelce hurt, you could argue the Eagles' third-best avaialable offensive lineman is Jordan Mailata. Doesn't make much sense to have him on the sideline right now. #Eagles
The Eagles spent a good portion of the week talking about reinforcing the importance of avoiding the mental mistakes that hampered them against the Giants last Sunday. So far, their practice efforts are not paying off, with the defensive line committing three encroachment penalties in the Browns’ first three series.
Carson Wentz held onto the ball one second too long and it resulted in six points for the Browns. Wentz double-pumped, looked off a receiver and got hit as he attempted a pass to Miles Sanders. The ball fluttered and was picked off. The interception goes on Wentz’s stat sheet, but it wasn’t all his fault. It was Wentz’s NFL-leading 13th interception.
Yep. Wentz was staring him down. Gotta throw it. Terrible block by Richard Rodgers, though. https://t.co/ia7T6t6Wm4
Big plays through the air ushered the Browns’ second drive, but the Eagles stood tall against the run. Philly stopped Kareem Hunt at the one-yard line on a play that was originally ruled a touchdown. The Eagles have controlled the line of scrimmage and Browns running game. The Browns had a 13-play, 94-yard drive before the turnover.
#Eagles offense taking the field. Looks like Browns TD will be overturned.
Eagles defer, rookie LB Davion Taylor gets first start
The Eagles won the toss and deferred until the second half. They’ll get an early look at the Browns’ running game. Eagles third-round pick Davion Taylor got his first career NFL start against the Browns Sunday. He’s been getting more snaps in recent weeks, but is now seemingly making a case to be the team’s third linebacker in base defense. Taylor, who was regarded as a raw but explosive athlete coming into the season, got the start over Duke Riley.
Good afternoon, Eagles fans. Welcome to the 10th iteration of the Eagles gameday live blog. The 3-5-1 Eagles are fast approaching their matchup with the 6-3 Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Birds still have firm possession of first place in the NFC East, but today is the start of a daunting five-game stretch in which they’ll play five teams with at least six wins going into Week 11.
It’s a miserable, cold and rainy day out in Cleveland, which will benefit the Browns’ run-heavy scheme. Cleveland has the best running back tandem in the NFL in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who both ran for more than 100 yards last week against the Houston Texans on another rain-soaked afternoon.
The Eagles will be getting Isaac Seumalo back, which should give the left side of the offensive line a boost. The right side won’t have the same comfort level, with Nate Herbig inactive for the game presumably because of a finger injury. Either Matt Pryor, Jack Driscoll, or Sua Opeta could get the start at right guard.
It could be worse. The Browns will be missing Myles Garrett, arguably the best edge rusher in the NFL, after the 24-year-old went on the COVID-19/Reserve list.