Ea­gles’ road woes con­tinue in Seat­tle

Wil­son does it all as Ea­gles drop 5th straight on road

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Booth

Ev­ery­one knew Rus­sell Wil­son could run and pass.

But catch? The Seat­tle Sea­hawks quar­ter­back showed he can do that, too.

“I think we’ve been try­ing to call that the past four or five years,” Wil­son said.

Wil­son threw for 272 yards and a touch­down, and caught a 15yard touch­down pass from Doug Baldwin as the Sea­hawks rolled past the Philadel­phia Ea­gles 2615 on Sunday.

Wil­son be­came the first quar­ter­back in fran­chise his­tory to catch a touch­down, a per­fect en­daround pass from Baldwin to Seat­tle’s ath­letic QB as he ran down the left side­line and dove into the end zone to give the Sea­hawks a 23-7 lead.

Seat­tle had the call in the play­book for a few weeks and fi­nally broke it out against the Ea­gles.

“I’ve been beg­ging for that play for the past two or three weeks. They doubted my arm abil­ity, they doubted I could make the throw, so I’m glad I got to prove them wrong,” Baldwin said with a grin.

Wil­son was al­ready caus­ing headaches for the Ea­gles well be­fore his TD catch. He scram­bled and threw across his body to find Jimmy Gra­ham on a 35-yard catch-and-run touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter as Seat­tle built a

16-7 half­time lead that was more than enough. Rookie C.J. Pro­sise had a 72-yard touch­down run on Seat­tle’s fifth of­fen­sive play — the long­est run by a Seat­tle player since Cen­tu­ryLink Field opened in 2002.

Wil­son com­pleted 18 of 31 passes, with four of them go­ing to Baldwin for 104 yards, along with the first touch­down pass of his ca­reer.

“I don’t know who is play­ing bet­ter than him right now,” Baldwin said of Wil­son. “He’s the best player in the league right now, by far.”

Philadel­phia lost its fifth straight road game as rookie quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz was pro­vided an ed­u­ca­tion while fac­ing one of the best de­fenses in the NFL.

Wentz (23 of 45 for 218 yards) was good early, es­pe­cially on Philadel­phia’s first scor­ing driv­ing that was capped by a 4-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz in the open­ing mo­ments of the sec­ond quar­ter. Wentz then went 5 of 14 for 25 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions dur­ing the rest of the sec­ond and the third quar­ter.

Philadel­phia’s wide re­ceivers didn’t help Wentz, go­ing mostly in­vis­i­ble against Seat­tle’s se­condary. Un­til the early stages of the fourth quar­ter, Ea­gles’ wide re­ceivers had the same amount of yards re­ceiv­ing com­bined as Wil­son — 15. Do­rial GreenBeck­ham caught a 5-yard TD with 3:46 re­main­ing.

“I thought over­all it’s go­ing to be a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him, com­ing in here, a tough place, and try­ing to get a win,” Philadel­phia coach Doug Ped­er­son said of Wentz. “I thought he played OK.”

The game took a bru­tal toll with in­juries. Philadel­phia lost run­ning back Ryan Mathews (knee) and Dar­ren Spro­les (ribs) be­fore half­time, while Pro­sise in­jured his shoul­der and cor­ner­back DeShawn Shead hurt his ham­string in the first half. Pro­sise suf­fered a “scapula in­jury,” ac­cord­ing to coach Pete Car­roll, and will be out a while.

The big­gest loss could turn out to be Seat­tle safety Earl Thomas, who grabbed at his left ham­string in the third quar­ter run­ning in cov­er­age down­field on Wentz’s pass that was in­ter­cepted by Richard Sher­man. Thomas was ex­am­ined on the side­line for sev­eral min­utes and taken to the locker room.

Car­roll said the team didn’t know the sever­ity of Thomas’ in­jury.

Nel­son Agholor had a first half to for­get for Philadel­phia.

Agholor failed to line up prop­erly and was flagged for il­le­gal for­ma­tion on what would have been a 57-yard catch-and-run touch­down by Ertz. Agholor later had a crit­i­cal drop late in the half as he ran wide open across the mid­dle af­ter beat­ing Sher­man off the line of scrim­mage.

UP NEXT

Ea­gles: Philadel­phia re­turns home to host Green Bay on Mon­day, Nov. 28.

Sea­hawks: Seat­tle trav­els east for the third time in five games head­ing to Tampa Bay next Sunday.

DEAN RUTZ — THE SEAT­TLE TIMES VIA AP

Seat­tle Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son reaches for the end zone, scor­ing on a pass from wide re­ceiver Doug Baldwin, past Philadel­phia line­backer Nigel Brad­ham in the third quar­ter of an NFL foot­ball game in Seat­tle on Sunday. Wil­son be­came the first quar­ter­back in fran­chise his­tory to catch a touch­down, a per­fect end-around pass from Baldwin.

JOHN FROSCHAUER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Ea­gles run­ning back Wen­dell Small­wood is wrapped up by Seat­tle Sea­hawks mid­dle line­backer Bobby Wag­ner, right, and de­fen­sive tackle John Jenk­ins in the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sunday in Seat­tle.

JOHN FROSCHAUER - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Seat­tle Sea­hawks quar­ter­back Rus­sell Wil­son (3) scram­bles with the ball as Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­fen­sive end Mar­cus Smith (90) and de­fen­sive end Vinny Curry (75) at­tempt the tackle in the sec­ond half Sunday in Seat­tle.

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