After a week of speculation from the media, head coach Doug Pederson decided to sit Nelson Agholor for Monday night's game against Green Bay, giving the second-year pro a chance to recollect himself after a tough stretch.
"It came down to letting him see the game with calmer eyes, just a different perspective on the game," Pederson said of his decision to sit Agholor. "Obviously, he handled it extremely well. It was obviously a 90-minute decision. Even during the week I was still going back and forth with it, just to let him step back, breathe a little bit and see how he can help this team moving forward."
Without Agholor, the Eagles still dressed four receivers – Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham, Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner – but an ankle injury prevented Matthews from staying on the field for most of the second half.
Ultimately, the Eagles' outmanned offense fell short, falling to Green Bay 27-13.
"It's big," Green-Beckham said after the game about the loss of Matthews. "Everyone has to know everyone's positions in a time like this. It's tough to have a receiver go down, but it's all up to us. We have to go out there and know everything and just go out there and play."
That's exactly what Green-Beckham did, as the former second-round pick had his most complete game to date in an Eagles uniform, catching six passes for 82 yards, averaging 13.7 yards per catch.
"When the ball's thrown your way, you've got to take your opportunities," Green-Beckham said. "You have to come up with big catches, and one thing that I came out here and did was that I came out here and fought and played hard and made the catches when they were thrown my way."
While Green-Beckham shined early with four catches on the Eagles' lone touchdown drive of the night in the first quarter, he and the rest of the Eagles' offense went dormant for most of the second half, thanks in large part to a Packers drive that lasted an astounding 17 plays and exhausted 8:21 off the fourth-quarter clock. Overall, the Packers had four drives on the evening that lasted for at least 10 plays each.
"They eliminated chances for us," Green-Beckham said. "We just have to be better and overall we just have to play together as a team. Situations don't go the way they're planned, but we've got to figure out ways to win."
With Green Bay controlling the ball for a total of 35:23 of game time, the Eagles' offense never quite had the chance to get in sync. Philadelphia had just seven total possessions on the night.
"They're a powerful offense and we knew we were going to have to score some points, unfortunately we just didn't score enough points tonight. We just couldn't really find a rhythm, that's the bottom line," said tight end Zach Ertz.
"We just couldn't really find any rhythm. We were facing third-and-a-thousand, it felt like at times ... Any time you're in third-and-10-plus, the playbook is extremely limited. ... We just didn't make enough plays. Guys are busting their butts like we do every week; we just didn't make enough plays."
The loss drops the Eagles to 5-6, having lost six of their last eight games. The Eagles have been in just about every one of those losses this season, but they haven't found a way to come away with wins in these closely contested games.
Still, there's enough talent inside the locker room to provide a glimpse of what could lay ahead for the Eagles' offense.
"In the NFL, you invest so much every week to win games and unfortunately we haven't been able to do that the past couple weeks," Ertz said. "We still think we have a good team. That's the most frustrating thing. If we were a bad team and were getting blown out in these games it would be one thing, but it's come down to a possession here and a possession there. We just haven't executed in those games, and yes it's frustrating, obviously."
The Packers and Eagles faced off for Monday Night Football in Philadelphia, as the Eagles suffered their first loss at home.