Nick Foles drives Eagles right down the field to take early 7-0 lead

Nick Foles drives Eagles right down the field to take early 7-0 lead

Well that was a pretty damn fantastic way to open a football game. A well-executed screen pass to the dangerous Shady McCoy went for 44 yards on the first play from scrimmage and the Eagles were off and rolling. A couple of nice completions to Riley Cooper, DeSean Jackson, and the first of the year for Demaryius Johnson and the Eagles were in the red zone ready to pounce.

And how'd they finish the great drive off for six? A Nick Foles QB draw. Love it.

7-0 early in Tampa.

Bengals 32, Eagles 14: Evaluating Carson Wentz

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Bengals 32, Eagles 14: Evaluating Carson Wentz

Sunday was the worst game of Carson Wentz's young career in the Eagles' 32-14 loss to the Bengals (see Instant Replay).

The numbers aren't pretty: 36 of 60 for 308 yards, one touchdown and his first three interception game. As has been the case recently, Wentz didn't have much help from the play-calling. He also took a beating in the pocket. With that said, Wentz was not sharp and looked every bit a rookie.

Let's take a look at some of the key plays from Wentz's performance.

1st quarter, 14:19, 3rd and 12 at PHI 23 - Eagles 0, Bengals 0
This is the first of at least three passes that could've easily been picked off in the first half. Wentz has been telegraphing his throws recently, but that's not the case here. Dorial Green-Beckham — running a dig on the left side —  appeared to be Wentz's second or third read. When he comes back to DGB, it's way too late and linebacker Vincent Rey is sitting in the zone and drops what should've been a pick. It doesn't appear that Wentz even saw Rey.

1st quarter, 8:24, 3rd and 8 at PHI 38 - Bengals 3, Eagles 0
One of the few positives from Wentz the last couple weeks is his ability to picks his spots to take off and run. On this play, the Bengals show a heavy blitz but retreat on the snap and head down field. Wentz steps up in the pocket, sees the Bengals' linebackers with their backs turned and quickly decides to take off and run for the first down. This kind of play will serve Wentz and the Eagles' offense well going forward.

2nd quarter, 3:31, 3rd and 12 at PHI 46 - Bengals 13, Eagles 0
Wentz had been up and down the whole half, but had delivered on a couple of third-and-longs — the two most notable were to third tight end Trey Burton while Burton was lined up as a slot receiver with routes that Jordan Matthews typically runs. On this play, Wentz has time and he has Green-Beckham wide open on the right sideline. Wentz just flat out misses the throw high. And as I've mentioned in this space every week, if Wentz misses, he typically misses high. This was a big play while the Eagles were still in striking distance and driving into Cincinnati territory. 

Wentz's arm talent is unquestioned. His mechanics will certainly be a focus this offseason. 

3rd quarter, 11:15, 1st and 10 at PHI 22 - Bengals 26, Eagles 0
Undrafted rookie and future Hall of Famer Paul Turner finally got in on the action. The Bengals were really aggressive all day. Finally we see some misdirection on this play. Wentz is excellent in play action. On this play, he fakes left and all the linebackers follow Wendell Smallwood. Wentz rolls to his right and Turner runs a crossing route, finds a soft spot in the zone and turns it up field for a 41-yard gain. They completed virtually the same exact pass two plays later for another first down. 

4th quarter, 13:56, 1st and 10 at CIN 46 - Bengals 29, Eagles 7
This is the exact poor throw Wentz just made last week against Green Bay. Zach Ertz is running down the seam, has a defender in his pocket and another defender over the top. And Wentz sails it high yet again and it's picked off. This is the only throw that really scares me. For the most part, Wentz has learned from his mistakes, but he seems to be good for at least one of these types of interceptions every week. The receiver is double covered and he just forces the football and sails it high. The Eagles' coaches need to break this habit.

Overall analysis
Wentz was bad. There's no other way to put it. It's still important to point out that he's a rookie. Some of the hot takes I've seen are egregious. This kid still has the makings of a franchise quarterback. Again, I imagine mechanics will be a big part of Wentz's offseason program. The receivers weren't great and neither was the play-calling, creating a perfect storm of offensive ineptitude. I give Wentz credit for continuing to fight in the second half when many of his teammates did not appear to be doing so. He was hit 12 times and kept getting back up.

Bengals 32, Eagles 14: Key plays and hot takes

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Bengals 32, Eagles 14: Key plays and hot takes

Reviewing the standout plays and tweets from the Eagles' Week 13 32-14 loss to the Bengals:

1. First quarter: Nelson Agholor 
We'll start with a positive one.

For Nelson Agholor, it was much more than a 2-yard reception. 

Agholor had the ball in his hands, lost the handle after being hit but corralled it out of the air to make the catch.

It was the first target for the much-maligned receiver since he was deactivated for last week's game against Green Bay to get his head together.

In the fourth quarter, Agholor converted a pair of fourth downs  He finished with four catches for 23 yards. 

OK, now the mess. 

2. First quarter: Bomb to ... Cody Core?
Core, a rookie sixth-round pick, beat Nolan Carroll for a 50-yard bomb. It led to Cincy's first touchdown, and the Bengals led 10-0 after one.

3. Second quarter: Run on 3rd-and-9?
Carson Wentz from the shotgun handed off to Wendall Smallwood, who lost a yard. 

4. Second quarter: False start. False start. False start.
Zach Ertz and Allen Barbre are called for false starts on consecutive plays. They had three false starts and it wasn't even halftime yet (Isaac Seumalo was caught in the first quarter)

5. Second quarter: Roughing the passer?
I get it. The league has to protect the quarterback. Can't hit his head. Can't hit his knees. But come on. A stumbling/crawling Brandon Graham grazed Andy Daulton and was called for roughing. 

6. Second quarter: Just a bit outside
Wentz on third down flat out missed an open Dorial Green-Beckham. Beckham ran a nice route to get the defender turned around and was all alone, but Wentz's throw sailed out of bounds.

7. Second quarter: Tyler Eifert 13-yard TD
This is here because it capped a drive that was just too easy. The Eagles' defenders looked like they were just there to fill up space. 

After the kickoff, Wentz took a knee on the final play of the first half.

8. Third quarter: LaFell 44-yard catch 
The Birds' secondary keeps getting carved up, although this was a perfect strike from Andy Dalton to Brandon LaFell. Five plays later, LaFell caught an 8-yard TD. 

And Mike Nugent hit the extra point. Nugent had missed four of his last five PATs.

9. Third quarter: Paul Turner 41-yard catch
The first career reception for the training camp all-star, who finished with six catches for 80 yards.

10. Third quarter: Wentz popped and picked 
Wentz is sandwiched by Domata Peko and Carlos Dunlap, who smacked Wentz's right arm and caused the wobbly pass, which was intercepted by Vontaze Burfict. Then Peko hit Jason Peters late, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty. 

Wentz already had a pair of interceptions dropped. 

11. Third quarter: Proof of life
After the Bengals tacked on a field go to make it 29-0, Kenjon Barner returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards. 

That set up 13-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz.

12. Fourth quarter: Another pick for Wentz
Just a poor decision and poorer pass, as Wentz overthrows Ertz and, after the ball is bobbled a dozen times, is intercepted by safety Shawn Williams. Ertz was covered and running down the middle of the field as the Bengals' two safeties converged.

13. Fourth quarter: They're the Bengals
After the Eagles cut the deficit to 29-14, the Bengals recovered the onside kick but then gave the ball back by throwing a pass to offensive lineman Jake Fisher, who was stripped by Nigel Bradham, and Mychal Kendricks recovered.

14. Fourth quarter: But the Eagles are worse
Nice play by Burfict, who snagged the pass at the line of scrimmage for the Wentz's third interception.

Wentz finished 36 for 60 for 308 yards and a passer rating of 58.2.