Philadelphia Eagles: 3 ways to overcome Jay Ajayi being out for season

Video: We Have Another Controversial Roughing The Passer Call

This time around things were a lot different. Instead, they were awarded a first down and eventually scored a touchdown to take a 17-3 lead on the drive. Shelton Gibson made a leaping 48-yard reception at the Vikings 17.

In the Birds 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles offense took too long to get on track and couldn't quite get out of the way of itself.

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. Penalties, drops and turnovers keep derailing a group that hasn't come close to putting it all together more than a month into the season. With that said is it time to panic? The Vikings' third-year defensive end rushed off the left edge before he sacked Wentz while forcing the ball loose. Now this year at 2-3 and the frustration building what's next? Adam Thielen recorded his fifth straight game with 100 yards receiving, becoming the third player in National Football League history with 100 receiving yards in each of team's first five games of the season, joining Charley Hennigan in 1961 (Oilers) and Bob Boyd in 1954 (Rams), according to Elias. Of the last seven Super Bowl winners to start out 2-3 only one of them has rebounded to make the playoffs.

After a slow start offensively in the first half when two straight drives to the red zone stalled on third-and-short and kicker Dan Bailey missed field goals from 28 and 45 yards out, the Vikings' pass-rush broke the game open.

There just seems to be one important fact that the Eagles and their fans have seemed to forget-the National Football League didn't stop playing games after the Eagles won.

Aside from Mills getting beat for a 66-yarder, the secondary wasn't bad. In addition to that, the run game has become inconsistent.

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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.

On Sunday, with the two teams meeting again, the Eagles quarterback had a chance to put his own stamp on a big win.

The Eagles showed slight improvements from their performance last week against the Titans, but it was not enough to secure a win. The Eagles are also now in the hardest part of the schedule.

They went three-and-out on three of their first five drives. Following the bye week, four of the next five opponents will be division games with a matchup with the Saints in between.

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. On second and 10, Wentz was flagged for intentional grounding that moved the ball back to the Minnesota 40 and eventually the Eagles would be forced to punt when they couldn't convert on third-and-20. We're playing like we're a young, rookie team, and we're not. This team isn't far off at all.

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. If there are any positives moving forward the Eagles are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings vs the Giants.

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