By Ben Sullivan
So, it’s Monday morning and it’s snowing, which just adds to the gloom in Eagles Nation after yesterday’s 37-31 disastrous loss to the Miami Dolphins.
And it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that the Eagles flat-out choked against a 2-9 Miami team.
Who’s to blame?
I would start with so-called defensive genius Jim Schwartz (above), who had his secondary playing 10 yards off the ball until it was too late.
A defense that had held its past four opponents to 17 points or fewer reverted to its old ways, as the secondary yielded one big play after another — mostly to DeVante Parker (7 catches, 159 yards, 2 TDs), who became the eighth wideout to eclipse the 100-yard mark against this unit. Miami hadn’t scored this many points since October 2015.
Carson Wentz (28-of-46, 310 yards, 3 TDs) bounced back from arguably the worst performance of his career against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. His final TD pass came early in the third quarter, however, as the Eagles scored only three points the rest of the way. The Eagles led 28-14 in the third quarter. The last time they lost when leading by 14 points in a game was in 2018’s Week 7 against the Panthers (led 17-0 but lost 21-17).
Rookie running back Miles Sanders had 105 total yards and a touchdown and averaged 4.9 yards per carry on the ground. With Jordan Howard slow to recover from a stinger in his shoulder, Sanders has received the lion’s share of the snaps over the past three weeks and is looking more comfortable in the lead role.
Wentz and the Eagles are now 0-7 in games in which they trailed in the fourth quarter this season.