Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles fell in a 17-9 affair to the Seattle Seahawks at The Linc on Sunday despite a big day from No. 86 and containing MVP-candidate Russell Wilson. The Seattle defense has struggled to contain opposing tight ends all season long, and this Week 12 matchup was no different. The Seahawk secondary had no answers for No. 86 on Sunday as he hauled in a season-high and game-high 12 catches for another game-high 91 yards and the Eagles’ only touchdown of the day.
The defense was up to the challenge on Sunday afternoon. Russell Wilson was limited to just 200 yards and one touchdown to go along with one interception. His 200 passing yards were his second-lowest output of 2019. Similarly, Wilson’s quarterback rating of just 20.2 is his lowest of the season by more than 20 points. And, the 17 points scored by Seattle on Sunday is tied for their the second-smallest offensive output of 2019. The only game Seattle was held under 17 points was a Week 7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Eagles were able to contain Seattle running back Chris Carson, holding him to just 26 yards on eight carries, but Rashaad Penny did break loose on a 58-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help seal the hard-fought victory for Seattle.
Overall, the Eagles struggled to produce against a talented Seahawks defense. Carson Wentz, who battled an injury to his right hand, never missed an offensive snap and completed over 73% of his passes (33-of-45), but he had accuracy issues throughout the day – an area Wentz knows he must improve to get Philly back to their winning ways.
“I have to be better,” Wentz said. “I have to lead this team better; I’ve got to protect the football better. We can’t put it on the ground the way we did and that starts with me.”
Turnovers too, proved costly and too much to overcome as Philadelphia fought for its sixth win.
“You can’t win many games with five turnovers like that,” Wentz said, “Our defense played great, again, gave us a fighting chance, again, and offensively, we let them down.”
On the bright side, the chemistry between Wentz and Ertz was obvious and flourishing. The duo connected on 12-of-14 attempts for nearly 100 yards and a score. Zach also surpassed 500 career receptions with his performance.
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Over his last three games, Ertz has caught 30-of-36 balls thrown his way for 288 yards and two touchdowns. This growing chemistry figures to be on display next week in Miami. The Dolphins have surrendered nearly 600 receiving yards and 4 scored to opposing tight ends this year.
For Philly to get back on track, the connection between Ertz and Wentz figures to be a big part of the equation.
“We’re going to learn from this, turn the page’” Wentz said. “We have six days to go out and practice, work our tails off and go get a ‘W’ on the road.”
Next week, the Eagles travel to Miami to face the Miami Dolphins (2-9). Kickoff from South Florida is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on FOX.