After taking a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, the Eagles were unable to hold on to the momentum against the Seattle Seahawks, eventually falling by a final score of 26-15. The Eagles added a late touchdown, but for the most part, the Seahawks commanded the game from about midway through the second quarter on.
Now, the Eagles sit at 5-5 with six games to go. The playoffs aren’t quite out of reach, but the Eagles will need to learn from their costly mistakes to make a run toward the postseason.
“(Seattle) felt us out there, but they just made a lot more plays than we did. We’ve got six games left and we’ve just got to win out and give ourselves a chance,” said Brandon Graham.
“We’ve got Green Bay coming in next week, so we just need to have a short memory with this because if we’re going to have a shot. We’re going to need these last six games. That’s just the honest truth. We need all of them but we didn’t get this one done.”
After Seattle regained a 13-7 lead, the Eagles looked like they had taken it right back on a 57-yard screen pass touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz. But the yellow flag lying on the CenturyLink Field turf doomed the play, as Nelson Agholor was lined up too far off the line of scrimmage. The touchdown was wiped off the board, and the Eagles never really seemed to recover from the momentum swing.
For Agholor, the only thing the embattled second-year receiver can do is put these plays behind him and focus on his next opportunity.
“I need to make sure that I continue to practice harder and focus on making those plays, but there are other things that I need to do when I’m out there to help this team win football games, and I need to do those at a high level and pick up everything else in terms of my mental approach too,” the receiver said.
The Eagles still currently sit on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. But on the bright side, there are still three division games to be played at Lincoln Financial Field, plus two road games against the AFC North, against whom the Eagles have been undefeated this season.
But there’s no looking too far ahead for this team. The only option is to learn from the mistakes that have been made and begin building in the right direction.
“We’ve got to learn from it,” said quarterback Carson Wentz. “Most guys will have the tape watched before we get back. Everyone wants to learn from it and get back to the drawing board.”
“We’ve got a long season still,” said safety Malcolm Jenkins. “A lot of football to be played. Nothing is saying that we can’t win out. We’re still in the thick of things but we just have to take it one win at a time and fix the mistakes that we’ve made.”
“One game at a time,” said Allen Barbre, who played left guard, left tackle and right tackle due to injuries in his return from his own hamstring injury. “That’s how we’ve got to approach it.”