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Eagles Notes: Eagles now lead the league in turnovers

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Eagles entered the Packers game with the second-highest turnover total in the NFL, and they took the lead in that category Sunday after they gave the ball away four times in a 53-20 loss to Green Bay.

Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)Read more

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Eagles entered the Packers game with the second-highest turnover total in the NFL, and they took the lead in that category Sunday after they gave the ball away four times in a 53-20 loss to Green Bay.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw two second-half interceptions, and there was a fumble on a mishandled exchange with LeSean McCoy and a poor snap by Jason Kelce.

"Both [fumbles] we were moving on the drives," coach Chip Kelly said. "To come up with turnovers like that, especially against this team, it's not going to help us."

The Eagles did not force any turnovers and now have a minus-9 turnover differential. They are the only team in the bottom 10 in turnover differential that has a winning record.

Sanchez did not commit a turnover in his first start with the Eagles. He now has six turnovers this season. All four of Sunday's turnovers came in the second half, when the Eagles were trying to recover from a double-digit deficit.

"At that point, we're trying to make some plays down the field and buy some time in the pocket and make some things happen, and it just didn't go our way," Sanchez said. "We've got a lot of cleaning up to do, but we can do that."

Special-teams slipup

The Eagles had their first major special-teams blunder this season when they allowed Micah Hyde's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Eagles' special teams still came up with big plays. Brandon Bair blocked an extra point for his second blocked kick of the season. Bryan Braman blocked a punt, which was the third for the Eagles this season.

Kicker Cody Parkey connected on two 33-yard field goals and has made 15 consecutive attempts.

Sitting out

Eagles safety Earl Wolff was inactive for the second straight week. The Eagles had the same inactive players as they did in last Monday's game: Wolff, quarterback Nick Foles, defensive back Jaylen Watkins, offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, and defensive end Taylor Hart.

Wolff continues to sit because the Eagles prefer Chris Prosinski on special teams. Foles (broken collarbone) made the trip and was on the field before the game.

Linebacker Marcus Smith was active but did not enter the game. The other two Eagles who did not play were quarterback Matt Barkley and center David Molk.