Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles fell at home to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, 27-13.
The Packers scored first and kept the Eagles at arm’s length throughout the night, before Aaron Rodgers and Co. pulled away in the fourth quarter. Afterward, ZE looked at Philly’s performance on early downs as the thorn in their side. Unable to stay ahead of the chains, Philly faced 3rd-and-8 or longer five times throughout the night.
“Anytime you’re in third and ten plus, I mean, the playbook is extremely limited,” Zach said. “You’re going to be in trip protection with a tight end in the back a lot of the time, so that pretty much erases two threats… we just didn’t make enough plays. Guys are busting their butts like they do every week, but we just didn’t execute.”
The Eagles executed to perfection on their first series. Green Bay scored first, but Philly didn’t face a single third down on its first possession en route to a touchdown to tie the game at seven. The Packers answered back with their second touchdown in as many drives, and they led the rest of the way.
Philly was able to respond with a 48-yard field goal, and the halftime score was 14-10 in favor of the visitors. Wentz took a few big shots from the defensive line at the beginning of the third quarter, one that led to a sailed pass over the head of ZE for an interception.
“That guy is tough as nails,” said Zach of Carson. “He’s in there battling. He doesn’t care how many guys are trying to hit him. He’s going to come out there slinging. No matter what the situation is with the line or the tight ends or the running backs or the protection. I think that’s why guys like playing for him or with him, he’s going to battle each and every play. He’s going to fight to the end, he never thinks we’re out of the game. As players, you love playing with that.”
No. 86 reeled in three passes on six targets for 36 yards on the evening, but it wasn’t enough. The two teams traded field goals to close the third quarter, but the Pack came through with a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth quarter to take a commanding 27-13 lead.
“We’ve just got to stay the course” said Wentz following the loss. “You know, I think we can’t dwell on it, just got to keep plugging along. Can’t throw in the towel. I know the guys in that locker room, that’s not going to happen. I think our effort is always there. We’ve just got to keep fighting, keep believing, can’t change our preparation.”
The Eagles will have a chance to right the ship following their first home loss of the season and get back to .500 next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX in Cincinnati.