Eagles-Seahawks talking points
FROM WENTZ, IT CAME: As usual, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was most effective when he threw underneath the safeties. A 2-minute drive before halftime died on Wentz's sixth interception of the season. His seventh interception ended the their second drive of the third quarter, thrown into double coverage on second-and-6. He threw behind Zach Ertz on fourth down in the fourth quarter, their last real chance to overcome a 19-point deficit. Drops by Nelson Agholor, Kenjon Barner and Jordan Matthews did not help Wentz, who finished 23-for-45 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 26-15 loss.
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME: Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor lined up incorrectly and negated a 57-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz, then dropped a 20-yard pass on the ensuing possession. He has caught no more than four passes in any game this season, has one touchdown (Week 1) and has two catches for 7 yards in the past two weeks. Can training camp star and practice squad resident Paul Turner really be any worse?
LEGION OF WHOM?: The Seahawks didn't have star end Michael Bennett and their leader, safety Earl Thomas, left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury, but the Legion of Boom was as stingy as ever. Meanwhile, the Seahawks picked on rookie cornerback Jalen Mills without mercy. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was excellent: 18-for-31 for 272 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. He also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from receiver Doug Baldwin.
HURTIN' FOR CERTAIN: The trip came with an alarming cost. Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (ribs) missed the second half of the game. They are the team's No. 1 and No. 2 running backs and they catch a lot of passes, too; they're involved in about 45 percent of the Eagles' offensive plays. Cornerback Leodis Mc- Kelvin, who was battling a hamstring injury, left the game with a possible concussion. Left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparently serious knee injury.
DOUG E. FRESH: There were more drops, more penalties (left tackle Jason Peters' seven false starts this season lead the league) and deep passes from a quarterback who throws bad ones to a receiving corps that cannot get open or catch them. The Eagles are 5-5, which means rookie coach Doug Pederson has overcome many problems. Several others remain.
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