3 takeaways from Eagles Week 5 loss to Vikings

Rex Christensen
October 12, 2018

The Eagles, who converted just five of 15 third-down opportunities in last week's loss to Tennessee, converted just two of nine Sunday. "They have a lot of fun", Cousins said.

Some call it a Super Bowl hangover.

The win avenged a 38-7 loss at Philadelphia in January's NFC Championship Game. With more discipline and a few more plays here and there the Eagles can certainly round into form.

"It's self-inflicted", Head Coach Doug Pederson said.

"We need those guys", Pederson said. The 2-3 Eagles meet the 1-4 Giants who lost Sunday on a 63-yard Field Goal by the Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers. He finished with 301 yards and one TD.

"The pressure keeps building because we know what kind of team we could have if we can overcome some of the things we've been doing", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "To come in and win in this environment, nobody believed we could do that".

They hit them hard and made the ball come out.

Soon after Cousins and new offensive coordinator John.

To seal the victory, the Vikings relied on the play of their special teams, which has gone through its own set of growing pains this season after releasing rookie kicker Daniel Carlson following the Green Bay game. On the other two drives, one resulted in a Jake Elliott 30-yard field goal, thanks to a 48-yard reception by Shelton Gibson, and on the other end when Linval Joseph took a fumble 64 yards for a touchdown and a 10-3 lead with 4:12 left in the first half. Weatherly popped the ball up and it landed in Joseph's hands.

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The NFL has reportedly made an effort to clarify its roughing the passer rules to officials in hopes that flags will not continue to be thrown at a record pace, but we saw yet another controversial call that had a significant impact on a game in Week 5.

Bennett appeared to be called for hitting Cousins below the knees, however his tackle clearly started higher than that.

"I can't do that", Ajayi said. "I think the message was heard and received, but it was very important this week because of the nature of getting out with a lead and then making sure we stayed the course and finished". This time the Vikings got their revenge.

The score gave the Vikings a 17-3 lead at the break.

Philly QB Carson Wentz numbers may have looked good in the end (due in large part to 75 yards and a touchdown against a "Prevent" Viking zone defense in the game's last two minutes), but the young QB took three sacks on the game and numerous hits and hurries from a defense without standout defensive end Everson Griffen. Philadelphia converted and got within six.

Bennett sat on the bench during the national anthem in protest of racial and social injustice.

Three illegal formation penalties on the receivers were inexcusable.

Vikings: LT Riley Reiff left the game with a foot injury. We came back and tried to find a way to win this game and just came up short.

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