Nelson Agholor, the Eagles’ rookie wide receiver, had what passes for a breakout game by hauling in a rare deep ball from Sam Bradford. Agholor picked up 45 yards on the play, which he accented with a one-handed catch.
By Harry Allison
The day after the Eagles’ 23-20 loss to the Redskins in Washington leaves them with a 1-3 record, and thanks to the Dallas Cowboys’ loss last night to the New Orleans Saints, the Birds’ next for at the Linc next Sunday, still only a game out of first place in NFC East.
That’s the good news.
Here, in no particular order, is the bad news:
The Eagles’ offense produced just 20 points against an injury-riddled Washington defense. Worse still, the Eagles missed points on special teams and allowed a 90-yard scoring drive on defense. There’s nothing for the Eagles to get traction on.
The Eagles chose former Miami kicker Caleb Sturgis to replace the injured Cody Parkey. In his first game, Sturgis missed an extra point and a 33-yard field goal attempt. Chances are he won’t be kicking against the Saints.
Sam Bradford, who had avoided long passes through three games, took five or six deep shots, resulting in a 62-yard touchdown for Riley Cooper, a 39-yard score for Miles Austin and a 45-yard gain by Nelson Agholor. Bradford missed Austin and Jordan Matthews on some deep balls, but the plays added some big-play potential to the Eagles’ offense.
Nelson Agholor, the rookie wide receiver, had what passes for a breakout game by hauling in a rare deep ball from Bradford. Agholor picked up 45 yards on the play, which he accented with a one-handed catch. Later, Bradford went deep a couple of times. He missed Matthews on one throw but caught Cooper in stride for a 62-yard touchdown.
The Eagles lost four players to leg injuries in the first half: Cornerback Byron Maxwell hurt a quadriceps muscle. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks aggravated his hamstring. Defensive end Brandon Bair left with a groin injury. And late in the half, left tackle Jason Peters exited the game with a quad injury.