Pederson, Eagles go down (foolishly) gambling

That sizzling sound you hear is not an order of fajitas being delivered to your table.

That’s the Eagles flaming out after a 3-0 start, scorching any talk for now about a division title or wild card playoff spot after falling to 4-4 overall and 0-3 in the NFC East.

Here’s my molten take served in a cast-iron skillet (and I’m quite certain I’m not the only one with this piping-hot opinion):

Birds rookie head coach Doug Pederson blew it in a 28-23 loss to the Giants Sunday in East Rutherford, NJ.

Perhaps distracted by the news that the FBI has given Hillary Clinton another pass on her emails, Pederson passed on two field-goal attempts in the second quarter and watched his offense fail to convert fourth downs because of his inability to call a play appropriate for the situation.

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was another responsible culprit, firing high most of the afternoon. Two overthrown Wentz balls led to interceptions that the spotted New York to an early 14-0 lead.

Wentz had a chance to win it at the end but his final pass soared over Jordan Matthews. It was a fourth down in the fourth quarter and it was the fourth game for Wentz to try to pull off late-game heroics. Instead, it ended with his fourth loss.

Spotting a trend?

Wentz, who somehow threw for 364 yards but no touchdowns on 27 for 47, had missed another earlier touchdown opportunity when he overthrew the 6-5 Dorial Green-Beckham at the goal line. I suppose it was DGB’s fault for not being 7-5.

There’s a reason they call them rookie mistakes — whether it’s the head coach or the QB.


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