In Disappointing Fashion, Eagles Falter In Seattle


Despite being short-handed defensively, the Seahawks shut down Philadelphia for a 24-10 home win Sunday night, snapping the visitors' nine-game winning streak in the process.

The Eagles defense entered as one of the stingiest in football but yielded three touchdowns on as many red zone trips.

Wentz was able to scramble to his right and launch a pass over Seahawks CB Byron Maxwell for the big gain.

Wilson's performance adds credibility to his case for MVP, especially because it came in a nationally televised game and against Wentz, perhaps the leading candidate for the award.

No one would confuse the Seahawks with such this season, not with four losses and three stars missing from their defense.

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Wentz lofted an easy pass that hit his receiver in stride and Agholor strode into the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown that cut the Eagles' deficit to 17-10 with 12:08 remaining.

There was a defensive pass interference on Ronald Darby that put the Seahawks in position to score their first touchdown late in the first quarter. They allowed more than 23 points for the first time since October 23.

Russell Wilson connected with Jimmy Graham for his ninth touchdown catch of the season, all of which have come in the past eight games.

His sweetest throw was a 48-yard strike to Doug Baldwin against an all-out blitz after he stood in the pocket and fired a laser as the pass rush barreled down on him. Schwartz dialed up a blitz on a third-and-10 play but no one got to Wilson.

Baldwin was matched up against McLeod and gave him an inside move to the post before exploding up the field. Pederson should have challenged the fourth-quarter play when the brilliant Russell Wilson made a pitch to Mike Davis, who ran 17 yards after receiving what looked like a forward lateral in the fourth quarter.

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Well, you can't be ideal every game. That seemed to stun an Eagles team that hadn't allowed a first-quarter touchdown all year or trailed by more than 10 points since a Week 2 loss to the Chiefs.

Wentz had Agholor later in the game when the speedy wideout got behind the Seahawks' secondary. On fourth-and-2, Pederson opted to go for the first down, but Wentz's pass toward running back Kenjon Barner fell incomplete. If he got a better throw Agholor would have scored.

Two trips into the red zone netted only 3 points and a giveaway, the Eagles' first of the season inside the opponents' 20-yard line, and it came at an terrible time when a first-possession drive in the second half ended on a Wentz fumble out of the end zone. The ball bounced out of the back of the end zone, resulting in a touchback.

Vaitai has definitely seen better days.

The offensive line had one of its better games considering the pedigree of the opponent, though the running game was still hit and miss.

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For much of the night, Wentz - who leads the league with 29 touchdown passes - was under heavy duress, mainly from the relentless combination of pass rushing dynamo Frank Clark, who amassed two sacks.