Eagles come unhinged in loss to lowly Vikings

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm •  Published: December 15, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — DeSean Jackson fumed on the sidelines. Philadelphia's beleaguered secondary had its own meltdown on the field.

And the high-flying Eagles landed with a mighty thud against the short-handed Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles' offense was stymied in the first half by Minnesota's makeshift secondary and Matt Cassel threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns to help the Vikings end Philadelphia's five-game winning streak with a 48-30 victory on Sunday.

Jackson caught a career-high 10 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, but it was the play he couldn't make in the third quarter that grabbed the most attention. He was wide open down the sideline, but Nick Foles saw him too late and his pop-fly pass was picked off by Shaun Prater.

Cameras caught Jackson jawing at the coaching staff on the sidelines, and he had to be restrained by fellow receivers Jason Avant and Riley Cooper as the frustrations of the day boiled over.

"Frustration's part of the game. That was a big turnaround and I felt I was open," Jackson said. "Just wasn't able to get the ball and make a play like I thought was going to happen. That's neither here or there. We lost the game and that's all that matters."

Foles completed 30 of 48 passes for a career-high 428 yards with three touchdowns and the interception, but most of the production came after the Eagles (8-6) trailed 27-9 midway through the third quarter.

LeSean McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, was held to 38 yards on just eight carries and the Eagles weren't able to take advantage of a Vikings team that was missing star running back Adrian Peterson and their top three cornerbacks.

Fresh from a big win at home in the snow over Detroit that gave them control of the NFC East over Dallas, the Eagles fell flat inside the Metrodome. They visit the Cowboys the last week of the season.

"There was a lot of frustration, honestly," Jackson said. "We just thought as a team and as an offense, we should've came out there and been able to have a lot more success than we had. That's neither here nor there. We just weren't able to get it done.

"It's very frustrating with how we've been playing the past couple weeks. We've just got to figure it out somehow, some way."

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he didn't know why Jackson was so upset, and he went over to "try and squash it and we'll get to the bottom of it."

"Football family, it's a lot of dysfunction at times," Avant said. "Everybody's trying to be perfect and do their job. It's fun because we learn how to make it fun, but at the same time it can be strenuous on you. Sometimes tempers flare and maybe the cameras caught that, but it's no big deal at all."

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