The Philadelphia Eagles finally got off to a fast start in Week 3, taking a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but ultimately they didn’t execute well enough late in the game to come out with a win over the Detroit Lions, falling 27-24.
After Malcolm Jenkins blocked a field goal late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles’ offense had one last chance to drive down the field. Down three, a field goal would have sent the game to overtime, or a touchdown would win it.
Unfortunately for Philly fans, the Eagles failed to execute, and the Lions walked away victorious.
“It just comes down to execution,” Zach Ertz said. “We have spurts of really good football and then spurts of terrible football. A lot of the time, it’s self-inflicted. The turnovers and penalties today were obviously killers. We just have to play 60 minutes as a team in all three phases.”
The biggest challenge for Philly so far this year has been playing a complete game for four quarters. The team has flashed brilliance at times, but sustaining that level for four quarters has been the challenge early in the season.
“We could be a really good football team. We just have to show it,” Ertz said.
Zach had four catches for 64 yards in the game, which was second on the team behind running back Miles Sanders, who racked up 126 yards of offense. Nelson Agholor hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions from Carson Wentz in the second half as the Eagles fought to stay in the game.
There are obvious bright spots for this team moving forward even while dealing with a plethora of injuries, but they will have to earn it over the course of a full game. It is only Week 3, and head coach Doug Pederson knows there is a long way to go, but that starts at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. It’s a short week, but that gives Philly an opportunity to overcome this loss quickly if they can execute well against the Packers.
“We’re in a situation where we’ve dropped two of these NFC games here back to back and we’re going on the road again to another tough road environment,” Pederson said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re excited for it. We look forward to the opportunity.”
Earning a victory in Green Bay won’t be easy. The Packers will enter the game 3-0 under new head coach Matt LaFleur, and they have boasted one of the NFL’s best defense through the first three weeks of the season. With Aaron Rodgers also leading the offense, it will be a tough challenge on both sides of the ball for the Eagles, but No. 86 and the rest of the team will be ready for a fight.