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Austin Darrow


The Eagles just keep on putting more unneeded anger and pain on their fan base with every loss. Not only did the Eagles lose their fourth game out of the last five, but it was once again within a score or fewer.

The Eagles went to division rival New York Giants and came out as losers, in a game that was in their hands. A couple fourth down plays Coach Pederson decided to go for, turned out to be the deciding factor of the game.

At Dallas, Pederson opted to punt from 54 yards out, instead of kicking the field goal to potentially ice the game and seal a win. They ended up losing that game in overtime.

Than in New York, Pederson goes for it on fourth down, not once, but twice and failed. Both failed conversions were chip shots for kicker Caleb Sturgis.

What happens in this game? The Eagles lose by five, so those two field goals that Pederson ended up killing a potential victory and the Eagles chances at being a potential 6-2, as opposed to their current 4-4 record.

Pederson was more aggressive in letting Wentz throw down field, but he left everyone scratching their heads when he called a read option on fourth down. Wentz is athletic, but by all means he is not Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb.

Pederson wasn’t the only one to blame for this one, Wentz was also partially to blame. He looked like a rookie from North Dakota State University against the Giants.

Wentz was one of the best quarterbacks against the blitz, but for some reason the Giants all-out blitzes rattled him. Wentz did rebound well after throwing two picks in the first quarter.

When it came down to it and mattered most, Wentz couldn’t do the job. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass as he went 27-for-47 with 364 yards passing.

The defense did bail the Eagles offense out in key situations. They bailed them out on both failed fourth down conversions and an interception with 1:50 left in the game.

With the 1:50 left in the game, Wentz and the Eagles had the game locked up, but somehow managed to blow it.

The Giants pressure rattled Wentz, causing him to throw four straight incompletions. The biggest one coming on a touchdown pass, if wide receiver Jordan Matthews turns the right way.

The Eagles now sit at 4-4, last in the NFC East. That wouldn’t be that big of a deal in a weak division, but they’ve also lost to all the division opponents once so far.

If the Eagles want any shot at the playoffs, they can’t lose another division game and must win the next two home games against the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

The Eagles lost four games with the ball in their hands on the final possession and have failed. They need to figure out how to win the close games. Also take the points when they are there.