In Sunday's 23-21 win over the Eagles, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had his third 300-yard game of the season. Carson Wentz can be better, and starting Thursday night in North Jersey, with his team 2-3 and reeling, he has to be. Rather than opting for an extra point that would have pulled the Eagles within seven, coach Doug Pederson chose to go for two, and Smallwood slipped around a tackle attempt from Andrew Sendejo after taking a pitch from Wentz for the conversion. Quarterback Carson Wentz, who led the National Football League in third-down passing previous year, completed just three of seven third-down passes for 40 yards and one sack.
"I was watching on the jumbotron", Joseph said.
They hit them hard and made the ball come out.
Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota's top-ranked defense in the title game on his way to earning MVP honors against New England.
Ajayi, in the final season of his rookie contract, had 184 yards rushing, an average of 4.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns this season. There to recover the fumble was nose tackle Linval Joseph, who breathed life into the game before he headed to the sideline to get back all the oxygen he expelled on the ultimate big-guy touchdown. "I pride myself on being elite".
The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Dan Bailey's 22-yard field goal.
"I have no idea what the other theory [for his benching] would be", Pederson said, "because everything in this business is performance-based". "They have a lot of fun", Cousins said. "That's the one they put in several years ago", Coleman said. But Wentz was called for intentional grounding and coach Doug Pederson elected not to let Jake Elliott try a 58-yarder.More news: Rocket carrying two astronauts to International Space Station makes emergency landing
They went three-and-out on three of their first five drives.
Pederson tried to accept blame for the team's struggles.
"We have to take a real hard look in the mirror", Wentz explained.
In Sunday's game, the former West Virginia University product had six touches for 71 total yards.
"I think Coach Flip is giving Stef and Adam the opportunity to make those plays", Cousins said. They have not played a solid four quarter game all season.
The Eagles' first-half woes were compounded by defensive tackle Michael Bennett's low tackle on Cousins with:36 left. His arms slid down to Cousins' ankles, and Cousins fell relatively gently to the ground on a hit that did not result in any sort of injury. Cousins threw a TD on the drive.