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Cousins, defense lead Vikings over Eagles 23-21

12 October 2018, 07:18 | Charlene Valdez

Eagles confident rookie DE Josh Sweat can make an impact filling in for Derek Barnett

Eagles confident rookie DE Josh Sweat can make an impact filling in for Derek Barnett

Wentz was also sacked three times for minus-28 yards.

The Eagles are a game under.500 ahead of their first NFC East game of the season, Thursday night against the Giants at the Meadowlands, and they are playing sloppily, squandering opportunities to win Sunday's game and last week's against the Titans. They lost because Jalen Mills still can't handle a stop-and-go route from an opposing wide receiver, and the Vikings' Adam Thielen burned him on one for a 68-yard reception that set up a field goal, the game's decisive points.

But Ajayi likely won't get in any hot water for questioning the play-calling: on Monday coach Doug Pederson said he agreed, and that the Eagles do need to run the ball more. Jay Ajayi's fumble at the Vikings' 5-yard line was a backbreaker, though, and while Smallwood had the touchdown, he dropped a third-down pass.

While the Vikings would love to not throw the ball as much and get their running game going, it certainly helps when you have a quarterback like Cousins when the run game isn't working. Instead, they were awarded a first down and eventually scored a touchdown to take a 17-3 lead on the drive.

"Its unfortunate. Those are things where we have to take a real hard look in the mirror", Wentz said after the game. "I have to do a better job".

"With the offensive line that we have on this team, running the ball like that, that doesn't make sense to me".

The struggles continued to start this season. "Little mistakes like that - really, the same thing happened last week".

But if you've watched Vikings games this season, you know Cousins is part of the solution, not the problem. That's when Latavius Murray notched 27 of the drive's 55 yards.

Cousins tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen to extend the lead to 17-3 at halftime. "But we believed that, so we just did what we did". "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". That kick made up for two Bailey misses in the first half, from 28 and 45 yards. After one last scoring drive from Philadelphia under the two-minute warning, Thielen recovered the Eagles' attempt at an onside kick to put the game away.

"I paired it off with speed off the ball", Weatherly said of his big play.

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