Pederson: 'Pressure of being top seed, probably gone'

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
October 22, 2018 - 8:33 am

The last time a team blew a lead like the Eagles—up 17-0 at home after three quarters—was 1985 and ironically it was the Eagles

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After taking a 17-0 lead over the Panthers late in the game, the Eagles ran 14 offensive plays. Of those 13, Doug Pederson called just one run. 

Pederson tried to explain his play calling on Monday. 

"This is the thing that people don't understand. Take out the last drive because the last drive was two-minute and there were four passes and one run in that last drive," Pederson explained. "Take those out, I had three runs called and six passes, and two of those were RPO (read pass option) runs where we threw the ball. We completed the ball and it's basically an extension of the run game, and we got positive yards on it."

After the game, Pederson made a comment saying the pressure is now off of the Eagles, who are 3-4. Angelo Cataldi pressed Pederson on this point on Monday and Pederson explained that being a top seed in the NFC is "probably gone" and the goal now is to win the NFC East. 

The Redskins lead the NFC at 4-2. The Eagles and Cowboys are both 3-4, while the Giants are 1-5.