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10 instant takeaways | Seahawks 23, Eagles 17

Philadelphia Eagles
01 Dec 2020, 18:12 GMT+10

Chris McPherson

The Eagles fell to the Seattle Seahawks 23-17 at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday Night Football. With the loss, the Eagles are 3-7-1 on the season and out of first place in the NFC East. The Seahawks are 8-3 and regain first place in the NFC West. The Eagles have a short week before going on the road to Green Bay to face the 8-3 Packers who have a commanding three-game lead in the NFC North.

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Here's how Monday night's game unfolded:

1. Eagles offense struggles out of the gate

The Eagles punted the ball away on their first five drives. They didn't gain a first down until their final drive of the first half, a 15-play, 75-yard scoring march that ended with a Carson Wentz touchdown to Dallas Goedert to make it 14-6 at halftime. The Eagles were outgained in terms of total yards 71 to -4 in the first quarter and 194 to 74 at halftime.

The Eagles entered the game converting 2 of their last 21 third-down conversions. They were unsuccessful on their first five third-down attempts on Monday night before the scoring drive at the end of the first half. The Eagles finished 8-of-17 (47 percent) on third down.

2. Carson Wentz was under pressure all night

The Eagles started their 10th different offensive line combination in 11 games this season with Jordan Mailata at left tackle, Isaac Seumalo at left guard, Jason Kelce at center, Jason Peters at right guard, and Matt Pryor at right tackle.

Kelce made his 100th consecutive start at center, the longest active streak in the NFL. Peters, the future Hall of Famer, made his first career start at right guard.

Wentz entered the game as the most-sacked quarterback in the league, going down 40 times. He was sacked six more times on Monday night and hit a dozen times in all. The Seahawks were effective blitzing safety Jamal Adams (nine tackles and a sack) and linebacker K.J. Wright (five tackles, two for loss, and a sack). Carlos Dunlap returned to Lincoln Financial Field with the Seahawks (he played for the Bengals earlier in the season) and got a half-sack.

3. Carson Wentz made the biggest plays with his legs

Outside of the sacks, Wentz was 25-of-45 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for a 73.8 passer rating. On the scoring drive in the second quarter, Wentz had scrambles of 20 yards and 13 yards to help get the Eagles in scoring position. Wentz got into a groove and did a nice job looking off a defender to help free up tight end Dallas Goedert on the 3-yard touchdown.

Wentz was the leading rusher for the game with 42 rushing yards. Miles Sanders had just 15 yards on six carries.

The most underrated play of the night for Wentz came in the second quarter on the touchdown drive. He lost a snap high, raced to pick it up, and managed to throw the ball away and avoid the sack.

But there were several throws where Wentz wasn't in sync with his receivers. He underthrew Goedert twice deep when the tight end beat a linebacker, one did result in a pass interference penalty. On Wentz's interception in the fourth quarter, there was a miscommunication that resulted in the ball going into the hands of Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs.

4. Eagles don't have an answer for DK Metcalf

Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf had a career-high 177 yards on 10 receptions, most of them coming against cornerback Darius Slay, including a 52-yarder. This is after the second-year receiver had 160 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Wild Card matchup back in January.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went early and often to Metcalf. On the Seahawks' opening possession, Metcalf had three receptions and they all went for first downs. The Eagles forced a turnover on downs on the Seahawks' first two possessions, one that ended at the Eagles' 2-yard line, but early in the second quarter Metcalf beat Slay for a 52-yard reception to the 1-yard line. The Seahawks finally capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown throw to wide receiver David Moore.

5. Russell Wilson remains undefeated against the Eagles

After Monday night, Wilson is 6-0 (including playoffs) against the Eagles in his career. He was 22-of-31 for 230 yards with a touchdown for a 102.9 QB rating. He has thrown just one interception in his career against the Eagles. The Eagles were able to sack Wilson twice and keep him to 12 rushing yards.

6. Jalen Hurts not a factor

The second-round pick was on the field for two snaps. He threw a 6-yard completion to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and handed the ball off on the other snap.

7. Dallas Goedert picks up steam

Dallas Goedert led the Eagles with seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. He also drew a pass interference penalty that gained 29 yards. Goedert has 12 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. Looking for good news? Zach Ertz could be back in the lineup as well next Sunday at Green Bay.

8. Non-Metcalf defense notes

Credit the defense for keeping the Eagles in the game. The Seahawks drove the ball into Eagles' territory on their first two possessions only to turn it over on downs thanks to strong plays by defensive end Derek Barnett.

One trend to note is how the defense gives up points following an Eagles score. The Eagles scored on a 42-yard Jake Elliott field goal in the third quarter to make it 14-9. The defense allowed the Seahawks to go 52 yards on nine plays with a 19-yard reception to Metcalf the key to answer with a 44-yard field goal by Jason Myers. The Eagles didn't get closer until Richard Rodgers' 33-yard one-handed "Hail Mary" touchdown reception made it 23-17 with 12 seconds left.

9. Eagles go for it on fourth down in fourth quarter down 20-9

The Eagles were down 20-9 with 8:40 left in the game. They had the ball at the Seahawks' 15-yard line. It was fourth-and-4. There was enough time to kick the field goal, make it a one-possession game, and put it back in the hands of the defense. The Eagles go for it and resulted in Wentz's interception.

10. Toyota Players of the Week

Here's are your nominees for the Toyota Player of the Week award:

• DE Derek Barnett - Two big fourth-down stops early helped keep the Eagles in the contest. Barnett finished with three tackles, two for loss, and a sack.

• TE Dallas Goedert - Leads the offense with seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown and certainly could have had more. A mismatch weapon against the Seahawks' linebackers.

• S Rodney McLeod - Provided tough support from the back end. Made some key stops to help get the defense off the field. Credited with four tackles on the night.

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