It was a game that not many gave the Eagles a chance to win, and they did nothing to prove anyone wrong in that belief, getting destroyed by the New Orleans Saints, 48-7, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.
It was the Eagles’ worst loss since Dec. 5, 2005 when they lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 42-0. It was the largest margin of defeat under head coach Doug Pederson. The previous worst was an 18-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, 2016, when the Bengals won 32-14.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw three interceptions for the second time in his career. The other time was in that loss to the Bengals.
In winning their ninth straight game, the Saints (9-1) had their way with the Eagles, who have lost two in a row and fell to 4-6.
The Eagles will try to right themselves and stay alive for what looks like, at this stage, an improbable chance to win the division when the play back-to-back home games in the NFC East the next two weeks, beginning next Sunday against the New York Giants. That will be followed by a Monday night test against the Washington Redskins.
If the Eagles felt embarrassed in last Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, giving up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to the Cowboys after Philly’s offense scored just three points in the first half, the Birds were absolutely left red-faced in the Bayou. This loss was a total failure on both sides of the ball, so much so this looked like the varsity teaching their jayvee understudies a lesson on how to play football.
The defense could do nothing to slow down a New Orleans offense that entered averaging more than 36 points per game. Led by Drew Brees, the Birds were powerless to prevent that from happening.
Brees threw four touchdown passes, completing 22 of 30 throws for 363 yards and a passer rating of 153.2. Tre’Quan Smith had a career day, catching 10 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Michael Thomas, Austin Carr, and Alvin Kamara each had a TD reception.
The Eagles’ defense could not only limit Brees’ effectiveness, but they did nothing to stop the running game, either. Mark Ingram ended with 103 yards rushing with two scores. Kamara added 71 on the ground as the Saints ran for 173 yards.
New Orleans rang up 546 yards of total offense and probably could have had more but, with such a commanding lead, had the luxury of parking Bree on the bench for the final six minutes of the game.
Offensively, Wentz had his worst game as a pro. He was 19 for 33 for just 156 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Dec. 18, 2016 against the Baltimore Ravens. His streak of throwing a TD pass ended at 22 games.
The only touchdown the Birds could muster came on a 28-yard touchdown run from rookie Josh Adams, which was the first touchdown of Adams’ career. Adams had seven carries for 53 yards, which was about the only bright spot in a game worth flushing.
Golden Tate was more involved in his second game with the Eagles, targeted eight times and making five catches for 48 yards. Tight end Zach Ertz, however, was quiet. Ertz was targeted just three times and caught two passes for 15 yards.
The Eagles ended with just 196 yards of total offense.
Knowing they had to start fast to keep pace with the Saints, the Eagles once looked flat and uninspired at the start. They came into the game having scored just 21 first-quarter points and that number did not grow.
The Saints piled up a season-best for them 190 yards of offense in the first quarter to the Eagles’ 15. The Eagles had only one first down in the opening quarter and were already trailing 10-0 heading to the second quarter.
The Eagles, who lead the NFL in time of possession, had the ball for just 22:26 and managed only 13 first downs.
INJURY NOTES: Leaving the game with injuries and not returning were center Jason Kelce, cornerbacks Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas, and long snapper Rick Lovato.