Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Minnesota Vikings regain control of season with key win over Eagles

Eagles confident rookie DE Josh Sweat can make an impact filling in for Derek Barnett Eagles confident rookie DE Josh Sweat can make an impact filling in for Derek Barnett
Cassandra Gardner | 12 October, 2018, 08:41

Minnesota's offense was able to drive the ball up and down the field, while the defense got huge pressure on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Only the Buccaneers and Raiders are doing a worse job applying pressure to quarterbacks.

Trying to rally from a 17-point deficit midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were set up to take the lead after Roc Thomas dropped a backward pass and Nigel Bradham recovered the fumble at the Vikings 30 in the fourth quarter. Fletcher Cox leads the team with three, and Derek Barnett has 2.5.

"We have to take a hard look in the mirror", Wentz said following a 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.

Linval Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.

It's added up to a 2-3 start for the Eagles after they lost 23-21 to the Minnesota Vikings before nearly 70,000 restless fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Corey Clement hasn't played in the last two because of a quadriceps injury. Johnson was beaten badly on Wentz's fumble that went for a touchdown.

Joseph's touchdown came with the score tied at 3-3 and the Eagles on the march, reaching the Vikings' 31. Granted, some luck came into play today with Dan Bailey shanking a short field goal, but the Eagles giving up big yards on the game's opening drive is nothing new.

There are two issues with the call against Bennett.

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Cousins praised offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons.

Then the second self-inflicted mistake happened early in the third quarter. But the team finished with 315 passing yards on 50 attempts. Hopefully, that changes because if not, they will not be making a return to the postseason.

The Eagles have placed the 25-year-old running back on injured reserve, the team announced Monday. This was a game that both teams really wanted-and needed-to win, and Minnesota proved the tougher opponent in the end.

Despite not having solid protection from the offensive line, Wentz still did everything in his power to try to get the Eagles a win.

Wentz picked up 15 rushing yards, while also completing 68 percent of his passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns. We're playing like we're a young, rookie team, and we're not. He has recorded six or more receptions in every game and entered Sunday with a pair of touchdowns.

But if you've watched Vikings games this season, you know Cousins is part of the solution, not the problem. He has at least 100 yards in all five games.

By halftime, the Eagles had been out-gained 208-91, with the Vikings churning out 13 first downs to the Eagles' four.

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