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Wentz, Offense Struggle To Find Rhythm


The Eagles fell to the Washington Redskins 27-20 on Sunday, in what could be described as a rhythmless game for the offense. Quarterback Carson Wentz was 11-of-22 for 179 yards for the day, with this being his first game of the season without recording a touchdown.

Coming off of a loss against the Detroit Lions and looking for redemption, the Eagles' offense found themselves struggling from the start of the game.

"I think it was just tough for us to get into a groove today," Wentz said. "I didn't feel like we were in sync very well, especially the first half. The flow of the game was weird. We had the three straight defensive drives with the kick return and the pick-six. So we never really got into rhythm."

Finding rhythm can be postponed when penalties play a huge factor into the game. The Eagles recorded 13 penalties, just one fewer than against Detroit (14) a week ago, for 114 yards.

"Shooting ourselves in the foot, it's tough. Those things are tough to overcome," Wentz said. "It's hard getting into a rhythm and a drive."

Sunday's contest was the NFL debut for Halapoulivaati Vaitai, stepping up to fill the void of Lane Johnson. Wentz was sacked five times for 34 yards, the highest amount of sacks allowed by the Eagles all season. Not all of those sacks were a result of Vaitai's performance. On the offense's final drive of the game, Wentz was sacked on consecutive plays as he tried to make a big play.

"I got to get the ball out. I can't take those sacks. It's definitely on me," Wentz said. "The O-line guys gave me time on both of them. Those are things I just got to learn.

"Any time you get a negative play that affects the drive. That's the biggest thing. Me, personally, it didn't change the way I played. It was just one of those things. It hurt us. It hurt us early. It was one of those things where it was no one's fault. There's a couple of them where I should've made the right protection call and I could've gotten the ball out on time. They played a good game."

At the end of Week 3, the Eagles were one of the few remaining undefeated teams. Now standing at 3-2, the young quarterback hopes to lead his team back to how they started the 2016 season.

"It's football. No one likes to lose. It's one of those things you have to learn from it," Wentz said. "It's all about how you react and how you respond to losses. We didn't come out here and perform the way we wanted to and we're going to get back to the drawing board. It's a long season. We're not losing hope, we're not losing anything or that edge that we bring on Sundays."

With under two minutes to play in the game, the Eagles found their last opportunity for redemption. It was then, with 1:58 remaining when Wentz was sacked for the fifth and final time, to solidify the game. For the second straight week, the Eagles' offense had a chance to either tie or win the game in the final minutes but came up short.

"I've got to be better. Especially late in the game," Wentz said. "Any time the offense has a chance at the end of the game and you come up short it's frustrating and I put that on myself. We have got to get better and it's one of those things that when I go to watch the tape and really critique it; we'll be back. We'll be better."

The Eagles fall to the Washington Redskins 27-20, at FedEx Field in an NFC East showdown.

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