The Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) suffered their third consecutive narrow defeat. After taking a two-point lead into the fourth quarter Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, the Dolphins (3-9) squeaked out a 37-31 victory. Still, with four divisional games remaining to close out the regular season, Zach and the Eagles still have an opportunity to claim the NFC East after a Dallas Cowboys’ loss on Thanksgiving.
No. 86 hauled in three catches on six targets for 24 yards on the day while battling through an injury that kept the reliable tight end off the practice field most of the week. Zach knows that he needs to play better down the stretch, and he is confident in his abilities moving forward to get the job done.
“I’m extremely disappointed in my play today,” Ertz told reporters following the game. “Probably one of the worst games I’ve played in a long time. … We can’t let this ruin the season.”
Although Zach wasn’t happy with his with himself, it’s worth noting the impact that merely his presence on the field has for his teammates and ultimately, fellow Philadelphia pass catchers.
The Philadelphia wide receiver core has struggled to all be healthy at the same time. On Sunday, that changed as Alshon Jeffery returned to the lineup with his most productive game of 2019. Jeffery had nine receptions for 137 yards and a score. His previous season-high was in October at the Minnesota Vikings where he accounted for 76 yards and a score on ten catches.
Similarly, fellow tight end Dallas Goedert recorded six catches for 66 yards. This is Goedert’s highest yardage total of the year and his second-highest reception total of the year.
With a full receiving group active, Carson Wentz set season-highs in passing yards (310) and tied a season-high with three TDs against Miami.
Most importantly, the Eagles are very much in the thick of the race to the playoffs despite this loss, and Philly will give it all they have these next few weeks to clinch a playoff spot.
“We do have four of our division opponents coming up,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “The guys got to understand that, and it’s my job to make sure they do understand that — that we’re still fighting and coming to work this week and ready to go and try to figure this thing out. But I’ve got to show them exactly where we are and what we need to do with these next four games.”
The Eagles’ season will conclude with two games against the New York Giants, one in Washington against the Redskins and a home game against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16.
Next up for Philly is the Giants on Monday Night Football, where No. 86 and his teammates will look to start a strong final run to close out 2019.
Kickoff from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey is set for 8:15 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.