And everyone went from Cloud 9 to the sky is falling, just like that. Eagles fans changed their tune now after the Eagles lost to the Seahawks 24-10 last night on Sunday Night Football.
Many can point to various items as the reasons for the loss, but simply put, it came down to two big reasons:
- Carson Wentz’s fumble at the goal line
- Russell Wilson is a freak
The Wentz Wagon had a rock in its spoke last night as I think the sophomore gun slinger had his worst game of his second season in the NFL. He was 29-45, 348 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and the one lost fumble. He missed an open Nelson Agholor early in the first half, then missed some smaller throws and plays throughout the game.
Wilson had himself a day going 20-31, 227 passing yards and 3 TDs. He also scrambled and did this, which Doug Pederson chose not to challenge:
That was a forward pass, but hat tip to Russell Wilson. pic.twitter.com/P7k95hhgND
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) December 4, 2017
A successful challenge there really could change things as the Seahawks went down and scored later that drive.
Overall, Wentz looked a bit lost from time to time, but also showed flashes of brilliance. Definitely a humbling loss for the entire team, and probably the fan base as well, but it makes things just a tad more difficult for Philly in terms of the playoff scenario. More on that later.
Zach Ertz left the game early with a head injury and is officially in the concussion protocol.
We’ll have plenty of great day after Eagles coverage with observations and other content breaking down the loss. One thing is for certain, I think it will be quite a while until another visiting team is favored at CenturyLink Field again.
Beyond the Birds, it was a JAM PACKED sports weekend. Let’s get to it.
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Before jumping past the Birds, a few lingering notes. Philly signed Alshon Jeffery to a contract extension on Saturday. Also, Kyle wrote about this wild Fletcher Cox womanizing story in only a way Kyle can.
Some other off-field nuggets, this is pretty sweet:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 4, 2017
Also, former Phillie Kyle Kendrick was in attendance last night, decked out in Seahawks gear.
Around the rest of the NFL, the Rams defeated the Cardinals, the Saints held off the Panthers, the Vikings contained the Falcons in a win, and shockingly Geno Smith was the answer for the Giants. They lost to the Raiders.
Now with the loss, here is the updated playoff picture heading into Monday Night Football:
With the loss, the Eagles lose the top seed in the NFC. The Vikings earn the tiebreaker, the fourth tiebreaker, strength of opposition, and currently possess the #1 seed in the NFC. A loss to the Rams this upcoming week can quickly plummet the Birds from getting home-field advantage to potentially playing on Wild Card Weekend. Oh, not to mention that the Cowboys can still mathematically win the NFC East.
The sky is not falling yet, but its cracking.
Week 13 in the NFL wraps up tonight with Steelers-Bengals on ESPN.
You may have though flags killed the Eagles last night, but this one may have actually ended a man’s life:
Alex Mack got destroyed by a flagpic.twitter.com/0VEa7FkhwX
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) December 3, 2017
The Sixers played on Saturday night against the Pistons and was the culmination of the trash talk bout between Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond. Philly won the game, 108-103, and is now 13-9 on the season. Joel Embiid had 25 points and 10 rebounds to co-pilot the Sixers as Robert Covington also dropped 25 in the contest.
He also forced Drummond to foul out late in the fourth quarter and may have created one of the best GIFs in quite awhile:
Life comes at you fast pic.twitter.com/UObaol0dl6
— Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) December 3, 2017
Check out this post with some good tidbits on Ben Simmons.
The Sixers host the Suns tonight at 7pm.
The latest Japanese phenom that is coveted by nearly all of MLB wants to visit Philly, just not play here:
: What do you like about daily life in the United States?
Ohtani: I’ve only been to Hawaii and Arizona, but I like the huge steaks.
: What cities are you curious about and would like to see?
Ohtani: The Rocky Balboa statue, I want a picture of that.
: Philadelphia has a baseball team, you know.
Ohtani: No, I just want to visit there.
Ben McAdoo’s nearly two-year run as head coach of the New York Giants is coming to an end, and he could be fired in the 24 hours after Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, league sources told ESPN.
It was Championship Weekend in college football as well, which resulted in the College Football Playoff to be set:
Your College Football Playoff: pic.twitter.com/biktpHX88L
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 3, 2017
Here is the schedule for all the big-time New Years Six bowls:
New Year's Six slate:
Cotton – USC vs Ohio State – 8:30PM
Fiesta – Washington vs Penn State – 4:00PM
Orange – Miami vs Wisconsin – 8:00PM
Peach – UCF vs Auburn – 12:30PM
Rose – Oklahoma vs Georgia – 5PM
Sugar – Clemson vs Alabama – 8:45PM
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 3, 2017
The Big Ten Championship was halted because of a turf issue, the man who worked on it on national television, used to work for the Phillies:
Lucas Oil Stadium Field Manager Eric Harlow has a bachelor's degree in turf grass management from Purdue.
He was previously a groundskeeper for the Phillies & Nationals. pic.twitter.com/RO2ZiFnWmK
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 3, 2017
Temple is set to play is the Gasparilla Bowl, yes the Gasparilla Bowl.
With another weekend gone by the in the college football season, that means more spins on the coaching carousel. Herm Edwards is officially at ASU, Jimbo Fisher left FSU and is expected to be announced as the new hire at Texas A&M, and Nebraska officially hired Scott Frost from UCF as its new head coach. Tennessee is still lost.
Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf this weekend at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, an event that Woods hosts. He finished in a tie for 9th at -8 and the betting world likes what they see from him:
Tiger Woods is now 15-1 to win the Masters. Only Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy have better odds. pic.twitter.com/rnpcs6XOhi
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 1, 2017
In non-sports news…
Another Temple student was found dead, the second in one week.
iOS 11.2 is now out for download
With a whole Waffle House staff asleep, a man cooked his own food.