1. From Wentz it came: Carson Wentz threw the worst interception of his rookie season on his first attempt of the game; fading away, over the middle, into double-coverage. He then took an awful sack, on which he fumbled, to end the Eagles’ second possession. He fumbled a shotgun snap on the fourth possession. He was saved from another atrocious interception in the third quarter by an inconsequential illegal contact penalty. His 24-yard pass to Zach Ertz late in the third quarter turned his game around. He finished 22-for-42 with 170 yards and the interception, and scored the game’s final touchdown but failed to complete the two-point conversion pass in the 27-26 loss.
2. M & Ms: With Carson Wentz short-circuiting at quarterback, against the top rushing defense in the NFL, the line and running backs Ryan Mathews and rookie Byron Marshall had some productive plays. Mathews punched in a 4-yard TD and the two-point conversion early in the second quarter. Both were patient and Marshall showed a couple of nice moves as the pair combined for eight runs of at least 10 yards and 12 runs of more than 5 yards. Mathews finished with 128 yards, his most as an Eagle and the third-highest total of his career, on 20 carries. Marshall had 22 yards on nine carries.
3. Go for it: The Birds eschewed overtime and went for a two-point conversion after drawing to within one point with 4 seconds to play, but C.J. Mosley  tipped the pass from Wentz to Jordan Matthews. In volatile weather conditions and with a new long snapper, the Eagles went for it on fourth down twice and converted an earlier two-point conversion. They converted fourth-and-1 from the Ravens’ 34 and got a late field goal in the second quarter, but failed on fourth-and-3 from the Ravens’ 39 midway through the third quarter. Ryan Mathews bodysurfed in for a two-point conversion in the second quarter.
4. A little, so late: AWOL $102 million defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had his second straight big week. He collapsed the pocket on the Ravens’ second possession and set up a sack that quashed the drive. He then sacked Joe Flacco and knocked the Ravens out of field-goal range on their first third-quarter possession. Defensive end Vinny Curry also showed up occasionally.
5. Cover up: The Eagles’ defensive backfield remains poor. Jalen Mills and Jaylen Watkins gave up a touchdown to Steve Smith just before halftime. Free-agent safety Rodney McLeod, cowed at the goal line in Cincinnati two games ago, again refused to make a touchdown-saving tackle in the third quarter, running 7 yards backward before engaging the ballcarrier.
6. Doug E. Fresh: Doug Pederson’s slow-motion offense late in the fourth quarter left slightly more than 2 minutes to play with a 27-20 deficit. He did not try an onside kick. He had all three timeouts but failed to use one after the Ravens’ first play, which would have given him at least two time stoppages before the 2-minute warning. Trailing, 27-26, with 4 seconds to play, he forsook overtime and tried a two-point conversion that failed. The coach is a rookie, too.


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