The Eagles got off to a hot start against the Dolphins Sunday, but have flatlined in the second half. The offense has hit rock-bottom, as Sam Bradford has entered the locker room after taking a big hit late in the third quarter.
Bradford left the field holding his shoulder after a big hit from Dolphins LB Chris McClain. Before the injury, Bradford was 19/35 with 236 passing yards.
Mark Sanchez started the final nine games of the 2014 season, but hasn’t appeared for the Eagles in 2015. He entered last season after starter Nick Foles was injured, and remained the backup after Foles and Bradford swapped teams in the offseason.
Last season Sanchez started hot, throwing six touchdowns in his first three games. But opposing defenses caught on, and the Eagles lost three of their final four games.
The Eagles have led all day, but the game will be by no means over when Sanchez enters. Just before Sanchez entered, the Dolphins took their first lead of the game on a wild Jarvis Landry touchdown on a deflected pass. Despite their slow start the Dolphins have hung in there, led by a strong game from Ndamukong Suh.
With the Dolphins taking a narrow lead into the fourth quarter, Sanchez committed the game’s first turnover at the worst possible time. An overthrown pass into the endzone was intercepted with under five minutes remaining, giving the Dolphins a chance to control the game’s final minutes.
Sanchez and the Eagles had one final chance to re-take the lead, and had the ball at midfield with one minute remaining. But the Dolphins pass rush was overwhelming, and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs. The Eagles lose to the Dolphins, 20-19.
With or without Bradford, the Eagles take on the Buccaneers next Sunday.