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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The slow-starting Eagles will see their season end much quicker than they anticipated if their latest performance is any indication.Another dismal first-quarter doomed Philadelphia in a 48-7 loss to the streaking New Orleans Saints on Sunday — the most-lopsided loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.The Eagles (4-6) face a tough road just to make the playoffs. Although they trail NFC East-leading Washington by only two games Tre'Quan Smith Jersey White , their latest showing was a particularly deflating one.None of their first five losses was by more than seven points. This one approached the franchise-record 62-10 loss to the New York Giants in 1972.“When you get kicked in the face like we did, it’s going to make you go back and look at yourself,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “I hope it hurts everybody because I don’t want to be a part of this again.”Carson Wentz, who had labeled it a must win, was 1 for 5 for 10 yards with an interception by the start of the second quarter. Philadelphia, which entered with an NFL-low 21 points in the first quarter, did not pick up a first down on its opening two series.Wentz threw his first interception on the second play of the next possession — a deep ball into double coverage that cornerback Marshon Lattimore grabbed.The Eagles trailed 17-0 after each team had the ball three times.“I pride myself in coming out swinging early,” Wentz said. “We need to be locked in, but just haven’t made enough plays. It’s frustrating.”Almost nothing went right for the Eagles, who had 196 yards of offense and were even worse defensively. The Saints scored on touchdown drives of 86, 84 and 84 yards to end the first half, reached the end zone on their first three possessions of the second half and finished with 546 yards.New Orleans’ last touchdown came on 37-yard, fourth-down pass from Drew Brees to running back Alvin Kamara in the fourth quarter. A shot-play at that point seemed unnecessary, but several Eagles said they did not take offense at the continued aggressiveness.“I’m not going to pick and choose plays,” defensive end Chris Long said. “We were disrespectful to ourselves to put that effort forward. I haven’t gotten my (butt) kicked like that in a long time.”The Eagles had one brief ray of hope, cutting their deficit to 17-7 on rookie Josh Adams‘ 28-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and forcing a three-and-out on the Saints’ next series. But New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins burst up the middle and sacked Wentz on third down from the Saints’ 46, forcing a punt.Philadelphia did not cross midfield again until its final drive.“We were trying to be aggressive and take a shot down the field Womens Alvin Kamara Jersey ,” Wentz said.“They played a good coverage and I just didn’t get it out there.”Making matters worse, Philadelphia’s injury-riddled secondary lost two more players. The Eagles already were playing without starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL last week, and Jalen Mills, who was scratched Sunday with a foot injury.Against the Saints, they lost safety Avonte Maddox to a knee injury in the first quarter. Cornerback Rasul Douglas then left with a knee injury in the third quarter.“Every time you turn around, somebody’s on the ground,” Long said.With successive divisional games against the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys coming up, the Eagles expressed hope they’d have time to turn around the season.“The product we’re putting out there is not up to our standards,” said Wentz, who threw three interceptions and did not have a completion of more than 19 yards. “I’m not playing to my standards, but we know the talent we have and the chemistry we have.”They exhibited none of those attributes Sunday.“We can’t dwell on it for seven days and let it impact next Sunday’s performance,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “The only thing we can do right now is get on to the Giants and not let this single game lead to a spiral.” The New Orleans Saints sit at 4-1 in large part due to an aggressive defense that is playing as well as any in the NFL currently. The Saints have won three straight games despite the absence of injured quarterback Drew Brees on offense. They lookto make it four in a row when they take on the 2-3 Jacksonville Jaguars on the road this Sunday afternoon. The Jaguars have been without their own starting quarterback since opening week, but have been led by an exciting low round draft choice who is among the early candidates for offensive rookie of the year. The Saints defense is playing with a high level of confidence and momentum, but will they continue their success against a big play Jaguars offense and their upstart quarterback? SAINTS PASS DEFENSE vs. JAGUARS PASS OFFENSE Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsThe New Orleans pass defense has fortified itself since some early season concerns. Opponents are averaging 244 passing yards per game against them, but the New Orleans defense has dominated the aerial games of both the Cowboys and Buccaneers in the last two games. The team's secondary has rebounded in a big way from some early season inconsistencies Michael Thomas Saints Jersey , and have eliminated big plays against them while holding some big-time receivers in check. Safeties Marcus Williams and Vonn Bell are playing with good anticipation and aggressiveness. Cornerbacks Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore have been suffocating in man coverage, while P.J. Williams and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson have provided solid depth. The linebacking corps has been effective in their coverage responsibilities as well, and opposing receivers have often had little room to run free once a reception is made. Coordinator Dennis Allen has been able to confidently run different coverage packages to confuse quarterbacks, in part because of the pressure his defensive front has been able to generate without the aid of blitzing. The Saints have 16 sacks on the year, including six in last week's win over Tampa Bay, and have applied heavy pressure consistently on opposing passers. Defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport have been particularly dominant. Each have 3 sacks, and have combined for 19 quarterback hits. End Trey Hendrickson will miss this contest with a neck injury, but rookie Carl Granderson had an impressive debut against the Buccaneers, and Mario Edwards Jr. provided some edge pressure in his own return from the injured list. The Saints have been able to put pressure on the qb from their inside rush as well. Tackles Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown, David Onyemata, and Shy Tuttle have combined for 4 sacks, but have often flushed the quarterback from the pocket or collapsed interior protection. Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesRookie 6th round draft choice Gardner Minshew has been one of the league's biggest surprises, stepping in admirably at quarterback for Nick Foles, when he was injured in the first quarter of the season opener. Minshew has completed 66.7% of his throws for an average of 255 yards per game with 9 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. The unheralded rookie has made a number of big plays on broken plays, and has shown solid poise despite often being under a heavy rush. The Jacksonville line has given up 12 sacks so far, after surrendering 53 sacks in 2018 Marcus Davenport Jersey , and has allowed Minshew to get pummeled. Ten of this year's sacks have come from the edge, where left tackle Cam Robinson and rookie right tackle Jawaan Taylor have struggled to provide a secure pass pocket. When Minshew does have time, he has a trio of players at wide receiver who aren't household names, but are solid playmakers. Second year wideout D.J. Chark is a tall and athletic target who has already surpassed his rookie output with 27 receptions for 485 yards and 5 touchdowns so far. Last year's top receiver Dede Westbrook, who has 23 catchesfor 227 yards and a score, is smaller than Chark, but a jitterbug in the open field who also makes plays deep. Chris Conley is a big play threat as the number three receiver, and has 14 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars placed their most productive tight end, James O'Shaughnessy, on injured reserve this week, leaving the spot in the hands of Geoff Swaim. Jacksonville uses their running backs as little more than a checkdown option, but the Jaguars backs will occasionally slip down the field in patterns, and are too athletic to be ignored. Matchup to Watch:Marshon Lattimore/Eli Apple/P.J. Williams vs. D.J. Chark/Dede Westbrook/Chris Conley Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsLattimore shut out Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans last week, after holding Amari Cooper of Dallas to just 48 yards the previous game. As brilliant as Lattimore has been, Apple has been nearly as impressive, and Williams has not been as susceptible to the big play as in the past. They'll be expected to maintain their high level of play against the Jacksonville receivers who aren't mentioned among the league's best units, but are more than capable of stretching a defense for big plays. SAINTS RUN DEFENSE vs. JAGUARS RUN OFFENSE Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints rank 16th against the run Alvin Kamara Jersey , giving up around 108 yards per contest. New Orleans has completely shut down the running game in recent weeks though, holding opposing running backs to 53 yards per game and only 2.9 yards per carry in the last three contests. The New Orleans tackles, especially Malcom Brown and Sheldon Rankins, have been able to get decisive penetration inside off the snap, creating chaos for the opposition. The Saints ends and linebackers, led by leading tackler Demario Davis, have been able to take advantage of that disruption by cleaning up plays in the backfield or stuffing plays at the line for little gain. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty ImagesJaguars running back Leonard Fournette is one of the league's most bruising backs, with the speed to break big gains in the open field. Fournette has 512 yards on the ground this season, averaging 5.4 yards per carry but scoring just once. After a somewhat slow start to the year, Fournette ran over the Denver Broncos defense for 225 yards two games ago and rolled up 104 yards against Carolina last week. The Jaguars interior line has done a nice job of opening up holes at the line for their star back to get to the second level quickly.Matchup to Watch:Demario Davis vs. Leonard Fournette Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty ImagesExpect more than a few stadium shaking collisions when these two physical specimens meet up. Davis has been playing at an All-Pro level for the New Orleans defense, and has the speed to track down any ball carrier along with the physicality to make the game changing play. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesThe success of the Saints defense starts with disruption up front from a defensive line as talented and deep as any in the NFL. They look to again have an advantage against a Jacksonville line that has struggled to protect it's quarterback and been inconsistent in the run game. Taking advantage of that mismatch would limit Fournette's production in the running game, leaving it on Minshew and his receivers for success. The New Orleans pass rush may then take control of the game, coupled with a defensive backfield playing with a ton of confidence, which could turn out to be the difference in shutting down a big play Jacksonville attack.
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