NFC Notes: Eagles, Falcons, Saints

     

Eagles

The Eagles’ nightmare of a season continued on Monday night, as the offense sputtered to five straight three-and-outs to start the game against a Seahawks defense that has been historically bad. Eagles QB Carson Wentz was dreadful once again and HC Doug Pederson was once again answering questions about what has happened to Philadelphia this season. 

“Offensively, we’ve battled with a lot of injury. A lot of different moving parts up front with the offensive line, guys in and out. We haven’t had the consistency and continuity that you would like week in and week out,” Pederson said via NFL Media’s Jelani Scott. “We just haven’t had that this season. That’s something that we don’t make excuses for; it’s where we are, and we have to get better.”

Despite reports during the week that Eagles second-round QB Jalen Hurts was in line to see a bigger role, the rookie ended up only playing three snaps, one of which was wiped out by a penalty.

“The plan was to use him when we could,” Pederson said. “The way the game started, we just didn’t have many opportunities, too many three-and-outs. I don’t think we got a first down until the second quarter. We failed to execute so it just wasn’t in the cards, so to speak, early in the football game. No more, no less than what we would use him each week.”

The game didn’t do anything to quiet the building noise surrounding a possible benching of Wentz due to poor play but Pederson remains opposed to the idea. 

“It’s not about one guy. We had breakdowns across the board and it doesn’t really matter who’s back there,” Pederson said. “The mistakes were still gonna be made and [that’s] something we got to fix.”

  • Per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Eagles TE Zach Ertz has a chance to be activated from injured reserve in time for next week’s game against the Packers. 
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Eagles OL Jason Peters is playing through a broken and dislocated toe that will require surgery after the season. It also played a move in his shift inside to guard where he won’t need to be as mobile. 
  • Pederson was asked if Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has any input on who starts at quarterback: “That one is my decision, if and when we make that change, but right now we’re not doing it.” (Mike Garafolo)
  • Pederson said he’s not been reassured “one way or another” about his job security. (Michael Giardi
  • The Eagles cut S Will Parks on Tuesday partially to free up more snaps for rookie S Grayland Arnold down the stretch. (Tim McManus)

Falcons

  • Albert Breer of SI thinks Falcons’ Interim HC Raheem Morris has put himself in a good position to earn the job as the team is currently 4–2 under him, and could have gone 5-1 had RB Todd Gurley not made a crucial mistake that led to an Atlanta loss.
  • Falcons placed WR Olamide Zaccheaus on injured reserve.
  • Falcons activated WR Laquon Treadwell from the COVID-19 list and signed him to their active roster. (NFLTR)

Saints

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