The Philadelphia Eagles fought hard against the Steelers on Sunday. After being down 31-14 in the third quarter, the Eagles were able to cut the lead to 31-29 in the fourth quarter. With an opportunity to take the lead, Jake Elliott missed a 57-yard field goal, and the Steelers would march down the field and put the game away after Chase Claypool’s 35-yard touchdown reception as the Steelers would defeat the Eagles 38-29 at Heinz Field.
After five games, the Eagles have not played a complete game. Yesterday, the offensive came to play and put up a season-high 29 points, but defensively, the Eagles gave up a season-high 38 points. The Eagles inability to put together a complete game on both sides of the ball is one reason they are 1-3-1.
“We haven’t put four quarters, or we haven’t put two sides together, really, three phases, when you think special teams, as well,” Pederson said on Monday. “Listen, there’s enough when you watch the tape again today, there’s enough football plays offensively, defensively and even on special teams — we need to be better in the kickoff return game. There’s enough plays out there that we have to continue to show our players and continue to teach and coach. With the amount of players, new players, new faces, young guys that are playing, every game is a new game, and so we’re continuing to coach and get these guys ready to play and try to have complementary football.
“If the defense struggles, the offense needs to pick it up, right? And if the offense struggles, the defense needs to pick them up. So we’re building towards that and we continue to work to hopefully put that all together.”
It’s a good year to be in the NFC East, and even with Philadelphia being 1-3-1, they still are only a 1/2 game behind the Cowboys for the top spot in the division. If the Eagles were in any other division, they would be near the bottom, but all that is irrelevant, according to Pederson.
“Our division, what are we, still a half-game back? Look, it is what it is,” Pederson said. “I’m going to pull out my inner [Patriots Head Coach] Bill Belichick and say I’m focused on Baltimore.”
It might not take much to win the NFC East. With the Cowboys losing QB Dak Prescott for the rest of the season, and the struggles that New York and Washington are having, maybe the Eagles are the team that can take control of the division, but that won’t happen until this team figures out a way to have a complete game on both sides of the ball, which they will need to do if they want to beat the Ravens on Sunday.