EAGLES 26 – Ravens 27
COMING into the game, our playoff chances had all but evaporated already, so the best thing would have been to use the game as a teaching tool. Instead, it looked pretty much like any other regular season game. Few young players saw extended minutes over what they normally receive. This left us looking at a number of players that you have to think won’t be here next season.
In a back and forth contest, the Eagles (at one point down 17 – 27), managed to storm back to 26 – 27 and endanger their increasingly favorable Draft position. If not for that missed conversion, fans would be cheering a meaningless win today, but lamenting it come April.
For the fifth time in fourteen starts, QB Carson Wentz (22/42 – 52% – 170 – 0 – 1) failed to throw a single touchdown. Averaging 4.04 yards per pass attempt is pretty pathetic when you consider that the run game, led by RB Ryan Mathews (20 – 128 – 6.4 – 1 – 1), was killing it all day long. Either the plays we ran are poorly designed, the QB we have lacked guts, or we need to totally overhaul the skill positions on this team for next season.
I was very happy with what I saw out of CB Jalen Mills yesterday (2 – 0 – 0 – 0). It’s true that he gave up a touchdown to WR Steve Smith, but we’re talking about a 7th round rookie covering a possible future Hall of Famer. All things considered, Mills did an extremely good job when he was out there. DE Vinny Curry (2 – 0 – 0 – 0) also did nice job of making his presence felt out there.
Did you notice?
Announcer Daryl Johnston said during the game, that the Eagles were still mathematically alive, but that in all reality they had no shot.