It’s Week 6, and the Eagles have already been eliminated from the playoffs.
Now they’re playing the Patriots, who beat them 3-2.
But with a few extra weeks to go before the regular season starts, this is a chance to take stock of how the Eagles were doing this past week and whether they’ve been as dominant as they’d hoped.
How did they do?
Let’s take a look.
What was the most impressive part of this week?
First and foremost, the Eagles kept playing at a high level.
They played well in the first half, but after a long drive, the offense fell apart.
In the second half, the defense had its best game of the year, but it was largely because of the defense.
They forced eight turnovers in a row.
On offense, the team’s big problem was the absence of rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz started for just the second time in his career against the Patriots this week.
He was benched for Ryan Mathews, who also sat out the game.
Wentzer was in the lineup for the third straight week, completing 29 of 42 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.
He threw a pick-six on his first attempt, but that was quickly rectified by Matt Barkley.
Wentze was targeted twice and completed seven of nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Mathews also played well, completing 14 of 20 passes for 185 yards with two touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to tight end Jordan Matthews that gave the Eagles the lead.
Wentzel threw for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the offense was still struggling to come up with a big play.
It was Wentz’s fourth-straight game without a touchdown pass, and he had thrown just two passes this season.
Injuries were another factor.
The Eagles had a handful of players that suffered injuries, including running back Zach Ertz (ankle), tight end Trey Burton (knee), linebacker Michael Mauti (ankl) and cornerback Brandon Boykin (knees).
Ertz had his ankle popped by the Patriots’ Jonathan Jones, and Burton was taken out of the game with an injury.
Boykin was also knocked out of action by Jones.
All told, the loss of Ertz and Burton hurts the Eagles’ offensive production.
However, the injuries weren’t the only bad thing to come out of this game.
The defense played better than it did in previous games.
The Patriots were outscored 30-10 in the second quarter, and they led 24-0 after the first quarter.
But after a few quick sacks by the Eagles defense, the Patriots scored a touchdown on their next possession, capped by a 10-play, 74-yard drive to tie the game on a touchdown by Ertz.
It gave the defense a much-needed respite, and it kept them from being completely outmatched.
But they were unable to make up for that performance.
The other bad thing the Eagles did on offense was take a few bad plays away from the defense on special teams.
The first was a punt that was recovered by linebacker Connor Barwin for a touchdown that would have given the Eagles a 14-7 lead.
The second was a penalty on defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who had been flagged for unnecessary roughness.
The third was a fumble that was returned for a score.
That left the Eagles with just two points, and that’s when things started to go downhill for them.
On their next drive, Philadelphia got to the New England 30 with just over four minutes to go in the game, but on the next play, cornerback Brandon Graham picked up an interception.
With two minutes left in the third quarter, the ball bounced off Barwin’s hands and was recovered for a 2-yard gain.
On the next snap, the pass was intercepted by cornerback Byron Maxwell, who then ran for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles an 18-7 advantage.
On fourth down, the Seahawks were on the field again, and on fourth-and-goal from the one, the Broncos scored the winning touchdown.
What went right for the Eagles?
First, they were able to stay on top of the Patriots on the ground.
It looked like they’d have their first lead of the day on a third-and_short.
But instead, they scored a field goal to make it 24-7.
Then, on their first possession, they went to work on special-teams play.
The offense was all over the place in the opening minutes, but Wentz finally took over in the red zone.
He completed seven straight passes for 99 yards, including two to Matthews, who made a spectacular catch for a 14 of 24 yard touchdown.
On his next play with the offense, Wentz got his first interception of the season.
This was the second interception of his career, and with the Eagles trailing 20-0, he was in no hurry to throw it away.
Instead, he threw it away