The Eagles’ Good, Bad & Ugly

By Joseph Santoliquito

PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) —There were some things to like, many things to dislike and some areas that show great concern in the Eagles’ 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Good

Quarterback Carson Wentz finished 25 for 33 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one crushing interception.

Defensive end Marcus Smith—believe it or not—made a nice tackle for a loss on Detroit’s second drive.

Defensive end Brandon Graham’s tackle for loss on Detroit’s first drive. It was about the only thing good from the Eagles’ defense in the first half.

Receiver Jordan Matthews’ 26-yard reception that led to Caleb Sturgis’s 50-yard field goal that closed a dreadful first half by the Eagles.

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Defensive tackle Bennie Logan’s sack of Matt Stafford in the third quarter. A play later, Stafford fumbled the ball, which led to Caleb Sturgis’s 33-yard field goal.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham was fantastic. He had three tackles for losses and his fumble recovery in the third quarter was also a huge play.

Defensive end Vinny Curry’s 9-yard sack that pushed the Lions back to the Eagles 47 and out of field-goal range, forcing a punt with 12:13 left to play.

Kicker Caleb Sturgis three field goals of 50, 33 and 49 yards.

The Bad

Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham’s third quarter drop on a Wentz toss that would have put the Eagles up 24-21. Green-Beckham turned on the ball, which was slightly underthrown, but dropped the pass that hit him right in the hands.

With 11:31 left in the half, the delay penalty on the Detroit 6-yard line that pushed them back to the 11.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks missed tackle after tackle on Theo Riddick.

Center Jason Kelce not getting the ball to Wentz, which resulted in two delay-of-game penalties.

The Ugly

Running back Ryan Mathews fumble with 2:34 left to play was the Eagles’ first turnover this season. It came when Detroit had exhausted its timeouts.

The Eagles committed 14 penalties for 111 yards.

The Eagles’ first-half defense was awful. They gave up 199 yards of total offense. They allowed the Lions to score on each of their three drives. They allowed Detroit to convert 2 of 3 third downs and one fourth down.

The Eagles eight first-half penalties for 76 yards in the first half was a season high.

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox’s facemask call on third-and-nine at the Eagles’ 18 with 4:25 left in the half. The penalty allowed the Lions a first down at the Eagles’ 9. Two plays later, Detroit scored to go up, 21-7.

Cornerback Nolan Carroll got burned on Detroit’s first series and committed a pass interference on the Lions’ second drive. Both drives resulted in Detroit touchdowns.

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