To their credit, numerous players are owning their mistakes. The Eagles' contentment has not only gripped the Eagles, but it seems their fan base, after winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history last season.
It was a golden opportunity for the Eagles offense to get back in the game and possibly take the lead.
The NFL didn't shut down.
The Eagles looked out of sync offensively and defensively in the first half-creating a huge hole to dig out of.
Rather than trying to pound the ball into the Eagles' top-ranked run defense, DeFilippo dialed up a handful of creative perimeter runs to give the Vikings some productivity on the ground, while trusting Cousins to do the rest. It appeared to be a portent of things to come. Mental blunders have cost the team throughout the first five weeks.
The Vikings (2-2-1) got an excellent performance from Cousins, who completed 30 of 37 passes, to avoid falling further behind in the NFC North. Cousins became the first player in National Football League history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.
If it wasn't dropped passes, it was faulty blocking.
To seal the victory, the Vikings relied on the play of their special teams, which has gone through its own set of growing pains this season after releasing rookie kicker Daniel Carlson following the Green Bay game. But he did end up with his arms around Cousins' knees and ankles, which is prohibited in the National Football League because of the potential serious injury risk involved in a tackle like that. Only 22 percent of the plays against the Vikings were called runs. Bennett hit Cousins in the upper thigh, held his legs before letting go and Cousins fell backward. Shelton Gibson made a leaping 48-yard reception at the Vikings 17. Wentz was 7 of 11 for 89 yards in the half, and sacked twice for minus-20 yards. Wentz finished completing 24 of 35 for 311 yards and two touchdowns.
Fox Philly analyst Garry Cobb seems to have a solution that may get the Eagles out of their funk. But more mistakes cost them. And on the Vikings' next drive, DeFilippo dialed up one of the team's most successful run calls of the season, when Latavius Murray gained 12 yards on a first-down draw.
But if we learned nothing else from the three games the Eagles have lost, we've learned that the defense's ability to keep coming to the rescue isn't going to continue forever.
After starting the season inconsistently, the Vikings put on their best performance of the year with a 23-21 win Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles, however, did nothing with the turnover.
Thielen had seven catches for 116 yards and one TD. But if the Eagles' offensive line does not improve in pass protection, then you will not have a healthy Wentz when the games really matter in November and December. Midway through the third quarter, defensive teammates Fletcher Cox and Jalen Mills had a heated exchange.
Most importantly, the Minnesota Vikings won, and all the beleaguered members of this team-most notably Anthony Barr-were a big part of that win.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs also had a big game, catching 10 passes for 91 yards.