By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia Eagles entered the battle of Pennsylvania looking to get their second win of the season against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, the Eagles brought their special teams and offensive units, but left the defense in Philadelphia. The Steelers battered the Eagles 38-29. They are now 1-3-1.
Early in the game the Eagles were able to match the Steelers. As each team traded offensive punches. The Eagles would get an offensive explosion from running back Miles Sanders who was returning to hometown. He scored two touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards. Sanders also got help from wide receiver Travis Fulgham and Carson Wentz.
Fulgham grabbed 10 catches for 152 yards and caught one touchdown pass. This was the second straight game that he emerged as the top receiving threat for them. The Steelers had no answer for him. His ability to get open also propelled Carson Wentz to have a good game as well.
He completed 20/35 passes for 258 yards, completed two touchdown passes, and had two interceptions. Wentz willed his team to keep competing with the Steelers and brought the team back late in the game.
“We’re so close, we’re so close,” said Carson Wentz.
However, despite the excellent performance from the Eagles offense their defense could not stop the Steelers. They were able to impose their will on the Eagles defense. Even though the Eagles would get pressure on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He would just throw the ball quickly to avoid it and the secondary could not stop the Steelers receivers.
Steelers rookie receiver Chase Claypool was responsible for three touchdowns for them. He also caught seven passes for 110 yards. He feasted on the Eagles secondary and scored the pivotal touchdown late in the game to stop a late Eagles run.
“Ideally would we like Nate to be on a receiver No, that was the call on defense and the Steelers checked to their play,” said Eagles safety Rodney McLeod.
The Eagles have not had a complete team performance all season and they will need one if they want to beat the Baltimore Ravens next week who also have a vaunted defense and offense.