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Following Eagles loss to the Vikings is it time to panic?

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Cary Erickson | 12 October, 2018, 07:17

Cousins praised offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was Philadelphia's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. It was the best way for Eagles to win the game in regulation. Except Doug Pederson isn't a normal coach and he doesn't do normal things. "We have to stop doing it to ourselves". "In the second half everything kind of settled down and that's when we were fighting".

Two takeaways were pivotal by the Vikings.

Sunday's game against the Vikings was a microcosm of the Birds penchant for making critical mistakes on offense. For whatever reason, the team isn't committing to the run the way they should.

Then the second self-inflicted mistake happened early in the third quarter.

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The Eagles got the ball back at the Minnesota 30 with 10:03 left on a lost fumble by Roc Thomas following a backward pass from Cousins. Turnovers took points off the board for the Eagles and in the case of a fumble return for a touchdown, gave the Vikings points directly off a turnover. Quarterback Carson Wentz, who led the National Football League in third-down passing a year ago, completed just three of seven third-down passes for 40 yards and one sack. "With the amount of changes we've had - quarterbacks, receivers, running backs - it all does make little differences that sometimes culminate in big ones". Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks recovered the ball. Pinned inside their own 5-yard line, the Vikings were able to flip the field and cap off the drive with a field goal after the throw that highlighted the toughness Cousins displayed all game.

The Vikings were on a two-game losing streak, and may have saved their season with a win, which improved their record to 2-2-1. Unlike back in January when the Eagles routed the Vikings 38-7 on their way to Super Bowl 52. The Birds committed two penalties. The veteran team we have with the guys, I'm confident that we'll fix it and turn it around. But another illegal formation penalty followed and Wentz was called for intentional grounding. We are playing like we are a young rookie team and we are not.

"We're just exhausted of beating ourselves and losing to teams we should beat", said running back Wendell Smallwood. "We can get the bad taste out of our mouth fast and go on the road to New York Thursday night. You can't do that when your team is counting on you".