Eagles place RB Ajayi on IR, reportedly has torn ACL

Eagles vs. Vikings 4 things to watch on offense

Eagles vs. Vikings 4 things to watch on offense

The ball fell straight into the breadbasket of one Linval Joseph, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle and team captain, who proceeded to hike it 64 yards (followed by a parade of proud Vikings) for a Minnesota touchdown that made the score 10-3.

Wentz's late touchdown to Zach Ertz pulled Philadelphia back within two points, but the Vikings recovered an onside kick and were able to run out the clock. He has not looked almost so crisp. It was the fourth time he's been sacked on third down in his three starts.

"I got to be a better tackle and do a better job", Johnson said.

The Eagles benefitted from fast starts a year ago.

Plus, have you seen National Football League kickers this year?

"With the offensive line that we have on this team, running the ball like that, that doesn't make sense to me". Right now we are playing like we suck and that is the reality.

"The lovely thing for us is it is a fast turn-around", Wentz shrugged. "That's one of the ingredients that's missing right now".

Mental mistakes, sloppy turnovers and too many penalties have turned the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles into a mediocre team. And a series of injuries major and minor, Wentz's knee among them, has upset the synchronicity and continuity of the offense. "We thought it was a blitz and I slid down for the blitzer who never came and let the end get inside of me and he sacked the quarterback". Running back Jay Ajayi expressed his belief that they should have established the run more, especially early.

But just because Wentz is not responsible for all of those differences doesn't mean that he can't counteract the damage they're causing.

The Eagles through the first five weeks of this season have not looked like the team from last year's Super Bowl run.

The Eagles need some of that magic now, and maybe it just has to take a different form. It can be as simple as not taking an 8-yard sack on first-and-10 from the Vikings' 15-yard line, as he did in the third quarter, on a drive that ended in a field goal when the Eagles could have used a touchdown.

Ajayi, in the final season of his rookie contract, had 184 yards rushing, an average of 4.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns this season.

"Its unfortunate. Those are things where we have to take a real hard look in the mirror", Wentz said after the game. These little mistakes that sometimes can be overlooked are just killing us.

"We needed some points, we needed a big play", Joseph said. "We're shooting ourselves with penalties and turnovers that are hurting our offense". Is that burden fair?

"Every one of you is here for a reason, for a objective".

The Eagles (2-3) visit the New York Giants (1-4) on Thursday night.

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