The chemistry between rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and tight end Zach Ertz has been gaining some serious momentum over the past three weeks. On Sunday in Cincinnati, the duo took another step, connecting eight times on 15 targets for 79 yards and Zach’s second touchdown of the season. But unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t achieve the outcome they wanted, falling to the Bengals 32-14.
The loss drops the Eagles to 5-7 on the year heading into a crucial divisional matchup with the Washington Redsksins next Sunday.
“You just can’t get down, you’ve got to stay optimistic,” Wentz said following the game. “I know obviously the results are tough of late, we’re kind of on a skid, but like I’ve been saying, this is a good group of guys, a good locker room, guys are in it ‘till the end.”
Philadelphia struggled to get going in Cincy, falling behind 19-0 as the Bengals scored on each of their possessions first-half possessions. The poor execution continued into the second half as Philly surrendered another ten points and was unable to respond, resulting in a 29-0 Bengals lead with 4:07 to play in the third quarter.
“I think when you’re down in a game like that, it’s natural for a lot of guys to feel the sense of urgency, maybe call it pressing,” Wentz said. “I think we did okay, but it led to some mistakes as well.”
After going down 29-0, the ZE and the Eagles got on the board with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter. Wentz hit No. 86 for a 13-yard TD strike on a quick drive that took less than two minutes on six plays. The drive showed how efficient the offense can be when it executes on schedule.
Darren Sproles added a rushing TD in the fourth, while Cincinnati added another field goal to make the final score 32-14.
“It’s not for lack of effort,” head coach Doug Pederson said in his postgame presser. “It’s just the discipline of your assignments, your jobs, just collectively focus on that one play at that one time. It’s not for lack of effort.”
The Eagles are back in action next Sunday at 1 pm against Washington on FOX.