Eagles RB Ajayi suffers torn ACL against Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz celebrates with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after they combined on a 16-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 30 2018 in Nashvill

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz celebrates with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after they combined on a 16-yard touchdown pass against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Sept. 30 2018 in Nashvill

There will be much complaining and moaning and gnashing of teeth Monday morning around here over a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Eagles' Michael Bennett, an infraction that led to the Vikings touchdown and epitomized the ridiculous length to which the NFL and its officials have gone to protect the league's quarterbacks.

The Eagles made things interesting in the second half on Sunday, but even before they found themselves in a three-score hole midway through the third quarter, there wasn't much commitment to the running game.

An inexplicable loss to the hapless Buffalo Bills, a tie with the rival Green Bay Packers, that devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in last year's NFC title game, etc. Two plays later, Cousins hit Adam Thielen with a 3-yard scoring play and a Vikings' commanding 17-3 halftime lead. It's easy to forget, in the wake of Nick Foles' near-flawless play in both the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LII, just how often the Eagles won games past year because Wentz, more than anyone, won them. 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.

"We've got to take a real hard look in the mirror", Wentz said.

"It feels good", said Latavius Murray, who replaced Cook.

"It was the No. 1 run defense in the league and so we knew it wasn't going to be easy to just come in here and run the football", quarterback Kirk Cousins said. "I think the message was heard and received, but it was very important this week because of the nature of getting out with a lead and then making sure we stayed the course and finished".

"I was proud of the offensive line for only allowing one sack today", Cousins said. "I think after the performance last week, they wanted to get back to doing things". On the Eagles' first touchdown drive of the game, he threw for 50 yards and found Smallwood for a 12-yard touchdown reception. "All day he just continues to sit back there and trust us to get open".

"We're just exhausted of beating ourselves and losing to teams we should beat", said running back Wendell Smallwood. For now, we can't worry about the Rams or Saints or any other team. That kick made up for two Bailey misses in the first half, from 28 and 45 yards. But they failed to recover an onside kick.

"I paired it off with speed off the ball", Weatherly said of his big play. "For him to make that kick is really why we brought him here".

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