Eagles get another chance to get back on track

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The first two weeks of the Eagles' season have been disastrous.

First, there was the second half collapse in Washington against a team which is expected to struggle throughout the season. Next came a home loss to a Rams' squad that built an 18-point lead in the first half.

At 0-2, the Eagles get another opportunity for their first victory of the season on Sunday, when they host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Coach Doug Pederson believes it may be time for a simpler approach to the game plan.

"We've got to keep things simple from a game plan perspective," said Pederson. "We're not maybe having a lot of moving parts and keep guys in positions where they can feel comfortable. I think that's something that we saw this past week that we can build on moving forward that gives us the best opportunity."

No matter what the game plan is, it won't work if the Eagles continue to turn the football over.

The Eagles have lost the ball six times in two games.

Many of the turnovers in the first game against Washington put the defense in a difficult position,, with the opposing offense getting the ball in Eagles territory.

"I think adversity hits in many different ways," Pederson said. "In the first couple weeks, it's hit us more so with turnovers, right? The offense has turned the ball over, the defense has to go back out. First couple weeks, it's been primarily on a short field."

Carson Wentz is responsible for many of the turnover troubles.

Wentz has thrown four interceptions this season, with one coming last week against the Rams in the end zone as the Eagles were driving to take the lead.

Wentz has heard plenty of critics over the past two weeks, and some are beginning to doubt if the quarterback will ever regain the form he showed in 2017.

However, Wentz said his focus is on Sunday's game and not outside criticism.

"Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” said Wentz. "This is how I’ve been my whole career. I don’t get worked up about what people say, write, feel. I’m confident in myself.  I’m confident in this team."

Even if the game planned is simplified this week, Wentz doesn't plan to change his approach.

The quarterback believes it is more about correcting his mistakes and putting his team in a better position to win.

It is still early in the season, but Wentz knows he must play better if the Eagles are to save their season.