Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota's top-ranked defense in the title game on his way to earning MVP honors against New England.
The Vikings made all the key plays this time around. His arms slid down to Cousins' ankles, and Cousins fell relatively gently to the ground on a hit that did not result in any sort of injury.
Following another frustrating defeat, the Eagles have already totaled their loss total from all of last season.
What a difference a year makes right. Now this year at 2-3 and the frustration building what's next? 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 a year ago because Wentz, more than anyone, won them. It came on a third-and-seven at the Eagles' 30 with 12:59 left in the third quarter. It doesn't matter. It's one every franchise quarterback must bear.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Joseph reached a max speed of 18.2 miles per hour on his fumble return touchdown. The 2-3 Eagles meet the 1-4 Giants who lost Sunday on a 63-yard Field Goal by the Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers.
Receivers Mike Wallace (fractured leg) and Mack Hollins (groin) were placed on injured reserve earlier in the season, and running backs Darren Sproles (hamstring) and Corey Clement (quadriceps) have been sidelined periodically. Other than Zach Ertz the group appears to still be struggling.
When Minnesota needed a big defensive stop late in the game when its offense gave the Eagles unfavorable field position after Cousins fumbled while throwing laterally (it was ruled a backwards pass), the Vikings re-ignited their pass rush. The Eagles are also now in the hardest part of the schedule. He has at least 100 yards in all five games.
Is it time to panic? No.
Well, if you want to look at this from an optimistic point of view, things can't get much worse. But the Eagles went after Wentz in the 2016 draft, went all in on him, because they believed him capable of handling such pressure and expectation, and, well, here we are.
"We needed some points, we needed a big play", Joseph said. This team isn't far off at all.
The degree to which Sunday's rematch with the Eagles was any kind of a litmus test for the Vikings was debatable, but the importance of ending a three-game winless streak was not.
Starting Thursday the Eagles must turn the page. It may go against conventional wisdom but Pederson's decision was correct regardless of whether the Eagles converted the two-point attempt or not. Whether its benching Mills or something a spark is needed.