Good morning, Eagles fans! Welcome to the start of a brand new week. The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season last night to the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After falling behind in the first half and an extensive amount of injuries, the Eagles could not complete the comeback losing by a final score of 24-20. Head coach Doug Pederson will meet with the media today at noon to discuss the game. The press conference will be streamed here live and on our social media platforms. In this edition of Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft, we will cover all the hot topics from the second game of the season. Let’s get right into it.
1. Game Recap: Valiant come-from-behind effort falls short in Atlanta
The Eagles lost their first game of the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Chris McPherson gives a full recap of the game from the injuries to the big plays that sparked the offense. For a comprehensive summary of the game, click here.
“Wentz and the Eagles for the second week in a row battled back and the quarterback made some miraculous throws to get the Eagles back in the game. He was being pulled down to the ground by edge rusher Vic Beasley on a third-and-9 in the fourth quarter, but completed the ball to Mack Hollins for a 17-yard gain. Wentz eventually snuck it in to give the Eagles the brief lead. Wentz's other touchdown was on a fourth-and-goal throw in the third quarter to Nelson Agholor.” – Chris McPherson
2. Spadaro: Eagles come up inches short in a heartbreaker in Atlanta
The Eagles came up just short when Carson Wentz’s fourth-and-8 completion to tight end Zach Ertz from Atlanta’s 17-yard line gained 7 yards and 10 inches in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. After an official review, the call of change of possession on the field stood and the Eagles lost a heartbreaker. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro provides an analysis of the tough loss here.
“I had a 10-yard route and I came back to the ball. I should have run it a little deeper just knowing the situation,” Ertz said. “I’m disappointed in myself. The team counts on me to make the play on fourth down. We had plenty of time. We just came up a little short.
3. Injuries riddle offense and limit explosive options
After experiencing multiple injuries early in the game, the Eagles' scheme and game plan changed drastically. Dave Spadaro evaluates the injuries and how they affected the team and overall result of the game. Check out the full story here.
“Well, the adjustments started in the first quarter when guys started falling for us," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I give credit to Mike Groh and Jeff Stoutland in the run game and passing game, keeping guys like J.J. (Arcega-Whiteside) and Mack Hollins and the running backs and Nelly and Zach, just keeping them kind of abreast to what we were doing and the changes we were making. We had to switch some personnel groups tonight in mid-stream which is hard to do. I give credit to those guys for doing it.”
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4. Carson Wentz resilient in bitter defeat
The final score may have showed a loss, but in the second half of last night’s game Carson Wentz was a warrior. After starting off slow and having to exit the game briefly, Wentz came back ready to play and work with the guys he had on the field. For a full recap of Wentz’s night click here.
“It’s tough, but by no means are we going to make excuses," Wentz said. "We always talk about having the next man up but some of the stuff tonight you just can’t make up. I have never seen guy after guy go down like that so early in the ball game, but the guys stepped up. The guys were resilient. We came up a little short today, but I am proud of the way the guys fought.”
5. Defense picks off Matt Ryan three times, but perfect play call results in game-winning TD
While most of the attention went to the injuries on offense, the defense held their ground in the long-ball situation that caused them trouble in Week 1. Ryan threw deep 10 times on Sunday night and had some success, like when he threw it over the top for a 34-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley, or a pretty 27-yard completion to wide receiver Julio Jones. But for the most part, the Eagles hung in there, and picked off Ryan twice on deep passes and stunted the deep Atlanta aerial attack. For the complete review of the Eagles defense, click here.
"If there's one thing we know about ourselves now, it's that we're a resilient bunch," Jenkins said. "It doesn't really matter what happens in a game. We're going to keep competing, keep fighting. It don't matter who is in the game. We got faith in everybody. We got enough guys to make plays. We prepare really hard so we give ourselves a chance every week. Nothing different this week. We just didn't come up with the win."
6. WR Nelson Agholor reflects on an up-and-down night in Atlanta
After the top two receivers went down Sunday night, Nelson Agholor saw a majority of the targets at his position group. While he provided multiple incredible catches, he also left many opportunities out on the field. Check out what Agholor said about the game here.
"I'm going to look at the tape, every play, and I'm going to look at it hard," Agholor said. "I hate this feeling. We had our chances. I had a chance. We just came up short."