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Eagles suffer third consecutive loss with disappointing defeat against Seahawks, 20-17

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The Philadelphia Eagles are 10-4 after losing to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on Monday night. Final score: 20 to 17. What we all knew deep down but some of us (myself included) didn’t want to admit: The Eagles are frauds. Absolute frauds. To only score 17 points against this injured and struggling Seahawks defense? Terrible. At the very least, this offense should’ve been able to put the game away late in the fourth quarter by picking up one more first down and running the clock out. Instead, they had to punt it away to put the game in the hands of an untrustworthy defense. And that unit, now effectively coordinated by Matt Patricia — wow, what an upgrade on Sean Desai! — allowed a 92-yard game-winning touchdown drive to backup quarterback Drew Lock. The Eagles undoubtedly deserved to lose at that point. But they still had a reasonable opportunity to at least kick a long field goal to get to overtime. And instead of being able to do that, Jalen Hurts forced a pass downfield that got picked off for his second interception of the game. We all know Hurts was playing through sickness, so maybe it wasn’t reasonable to expect him to have a career night. But even affording him some grace, this performance was unacceptable. He regularly bailed pockets early and had too many accuracy issues, including on an underthrown pick to Quez Watkins. It’s not just Hurts. Nick Sirianni isn’t doing this offense favors with poor play design. Brian Johnson isn’t doing this offense favors with his play-calling. At the end of the day, though, you pay the QB $51 million per year to be The Guy. The team typically goes as he goes. And they’re accordingly going in a bad way right now.

Not good enough. And now the Eagles can basically kiss their outside chance of clinching the No. 1 seed goodbye. They still might win the NFC East since the Cowboys’ loss to the Buffalo Bills afforded them more margin for error. And Dallas has some more tough games coming up. But that’s no guarantee. And even if the Eagles do win the division … what is this unserious team going to do in the playoffs? They’re very much at risk from going from 10-1 to ending the season with a whimper. Extremely disappointing.

Next up for the Eagles is a Christmas Day home game against Tommy DeVito’s New York Giants. In case you potentially want your holidays ruined. Read on for a recap and stay tuned for BGN’s postgame coverage, including the BGN Radio postgame show. FIRST QUARTER
The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to defer. The Eagles got the ball to start and a sick Jalen Hurts took off running for a first down. D’Andre Swift slipped in the backfield with the defense bearing down on him anyway to bring up a third down. Facing 3rd-and-9, the Eagles’ offensive line gave Hurts a strong pocket to work with and he fired a laser over the middle to Dallas Goedert to move the chains. Facing 3rd-and-6 after a hospital ball bubble screen pass to DeVonta Smith went for a loss, the Eagles took a timeout. Then Hurts fired to A.J. Brown over the middle for another first down. Nice to see the middle of the field being utilized more often than last week. Kenny Gainwell had a couple nice runs to move the Eagles into the red zone. Facing 3rd-and-3, Gainwell took another carry up the middle for a first down. After a Gainwell carry for one and a Swift run for none, the Eagles got to third down. Facing 3rd-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Hurts took it himself with a slide into the end zone. Excellent 15-play, 75-yard drive to open the game while taking 8:29 off the clock. 10 runs, 5 passes … music to the ears of the #RunTheBall enthusiasts out there. EAGLES 7, SEAHAWKS 0. That’s the first time the Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening drive since Week 9 against the Cowboys.— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) December 19, 2023 Jalen Hurts has tied his #Eagles single-season QB record with his 13th rushing TD (also 2022).He is only 1 rushing TD shy of tying Cam Newton’s #NFL single-season QB record (14 in 2011).#FlyEaglesFly— John Gonoude (@john_gonoude) December 19, 2023 Facing 3rd-and-9, Bradley Roby allowed a catch but immediately tackled DK Metcalf short of the marker. Pete Carroll sent out the punter on 4th-and-1 for a three-and-out. Good start to the Matt Patricia era, aided in part by the Seahawks being cowardly on fourth down. The Eagles took over at their own 12-yard line. Hurts overthrew Swift out of bounds down the left sideline to bring up third down. Facing 3rd-and-5, Hurts got called for a rare quarterback false start (no thanks to the crowd noise). Facing 3rd-and-10, Hurts threw short of the sticks and off target to Goedert for an incompletion. Three-and-out. Braden Mann’s punt took a good bounce to roll for 61 yards, setting up the Seahawks at their own 27-yard line. Josh Sweat absolutely blew up a toss to Kenneth Walker for a TFL of six. Great understanding of what the Seahawks were going to do. Facing 3rd-and-10, Lock had a clean pocket (with Haason Reddick dropping in coverage) to deliver a first down pass to Tyler Lockett. Facing 3rd-and-6 after a false start, Lock’s pass for Noah Fant was high. Kevin Byard had good coverage on the tight end anyway, might’ve been a pick or PBU with a more accurate pass. Two Seahawks drives, two punts! SECOND QUARTER
The Seahawks got called for illegal batting on Seattle’s punt and Nick Sirianni made them punt it again from further back. Instead of starting at their own 12-yard line, the Eagles were able to take over at the 29. Facing 3rd-and-1, the Eagles used their first Brotherly Shove of the night to move the chains. The Eagles drove into field goal range with the mix of running the ball and a completion to A.J. Brown. Hurts got hit as he slid but there was no flag. Facing 3rd-and-6, Hurts took off running for three yard. Facing 4th-and-3, Hurts hit an open JULIO JONES just beyond the marker for yet another conversion. Facing 3rd-and-1 after a Swift run, the Eagles lined up for the Brotherly Shove but Jason Kelce got called for a false start. Upon replay … there was no early movement?! Looked like a phantom call. Facing 3rd-and-6, the Eagles went with a draw to Swift that picked up zero yards. Why not continue to throw it beyond the marker when that’s been working? Sirianni sent in the field goal team to settle for a 27-yard Jake Elliott make. Two-possession lead. EAGLES 10, SEAHAWKS 0. With that 9-yard run, D’Andre Swift has set a career high in scrimmage yards (previously 1,069 with Detroit in 2021). #Eagles— John Gonoude (@john_gonoude) December 19, 2023 It sounds like Kelce moved the ball up a foot as he was getting set, which he’s been doing for yrs. And it’s definitely a small advantage. Likely something the Seahawks brought to the officials’ attention, and they were ready to call it? If so, wonder if Kelce was warned pregame. https://t.co/BJQVAZpwDS— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) December 19, 2023 Josh Jobe got called for DPI on Metcalf. The Seahawks drove into field goal range. Kelee Ringo held up on a toss play to his side to put a big pop on Walker and get him out of bounds for no gain. Facing 3rd-and-10, Lock hit Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a first down into the red zone with James Bradberry lined up fairly far off the rookie WR in coverage. Ringo broke up a low throw to Metcalf to force a third down. Facing 3rd-and-7, Patricia sent a 6-man blitz and Reed Blankenship tackled JSN well short of the marker. Nice job of forcing the issue. Facing 4th-and-4, the Seahawks lined up to go for it but it was only an attempt to draw the Eagles offsides (which almost worked with an Eagles defensive lineman moving early but not crossing the line, yikes). The Seahawks settled for the 26-yard FG. EAGLES 10, SEAHAWKS 3. The Eagles took over at their own 25-yard line with 1:42 on the clock and zero timeouts. Hurts…

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