While Philadelphia was able to outscore Minnesota, 18-6, in the second half, the halftime hole was far too large to climb out of. For the second week in a row, the Eagles couldn’t find their footing on offense in the early going, producing just three points in the first half.
“I don’t think it’s an intensity thing, I think everybody goes out there ready to compete and everything like that, it’s just not in sync,” center Jason Kelce said in the locker room after the game. “Really that’s what’s killing us offensively.”
In the second quarter, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson allowed Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly to break free with an inside move and sack-strip quarterback Carson Wentz. The loose ball ended up being caught in the air by Minnesota defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who returned it 64 yards for a touchdown.
Prior to the turnover, the Eagles were making strides as an offense. The mishap stunted the Eagles’ momentum and gave the Vikings seven points.
On the next drive, the Eagles were whistled for two false start penalties. The infractions by left tackle Jason Peters and tight end Zach Ertz led to a third-and-12, which the Eagles were unable to convert.
“We don’t have a glaring weakness,” Kelce said. “I firmly believe that. It’s one guy here, it’s one guy there [making a mistake] and it’s culminating into four or five plays that are costing us games.”
Following the failed comeback attempt, the Eagles dropped to 2-3 on the season. It’s their first time under .500 since Doug Pederson’s first year as head coach. Kelce said the mistakes are fixable but the team’s previous history serves as a forewarning if the team continues to cause self-inflicted wounds.
“If you look back to two years ago when we had a 7-9 season, we made mistakes at the end of games that end up costing us wins,” Kelce said. “Last year, we played smart football, we played as a unit, we were in sync and we won football games. I do think it’s really as simple as that as a correction.”
As the Eagles prepare to take on the New York Giants on the road with a short week ahead, Kelce said the group needs to take ownership of its recent mistakes and correct the issues accordingly.
“I think everyone has got to take a long look in the mirror and find out how they can do a better job,” Kelce said. “Where their mistakes are, how they can eliminate those mistakes, how you can eliminate penalties, because if we do that, that’s really what’s stopping us.”