PHILADELPHIA - Turnovers cost the Eagles a chance for a second straight victory on Thursday night.
They committed five turnovers, including four in the second half, during a 34-13 loss to Cincinnati at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles led 13-10 at halftime, but gave the game away via an interception and three fumbles in a span of 3 minutes, 23 seconds in the second half.
The Bengals took advantage of the miscues - an interception from rookie quarterback Nick Foles and fumbles from rookie running back Bryce Brown, tight end Clay Harbor and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (on a kickoff return - to score 24 straight points.
The Bengals took the lead for good with 1:10 left in the third quarter on quarterback Andy Dalton's 11-yard touchdown scramble. Foles set up the TD with an interception - his first in four games - to Bengals cornerback Leon Hall. It was Foles' first turnover since he threw two interceptions at Washington on Nov. 18.
Brown committed the most costly mistake. Brown, who has trouble holding onto the football since replacing injured LeSean McCoy, lost his fourth fumble in the last four games when he was hit by Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims. Defensive end Wallace Gilberry scooped it up and rumbled 25 yards into the end zone to give the Bengals a 24-13 lead with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
Bengals place-kicker Josh Brown followed Harbor's fumble with a 32-yard field goal that pushed the Bengals' edge to 27-13 with 14:17 remaining. After Thornton's miscue, Dalton fired a 5-yard touchdown pass to Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green for another touchdown with 12:47 remaining.
The Eagles wasted a terrific performance from the defensive line. The front four collected a season-high six sacks and forced two fumbles in their second game since Tommy Brasher replaced Jim Washburn as the Eagles' defensive line coach. Brasher, who was an Eagles' assistant in 1999-2005, was rehired two weeks ago after coach Andy Reid fired Washburn.
Defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox each had two and a half sacks apiece. That boosted their season totals to five and a half sacks, tying them with former Eagles defensive Jason Babin for the team lead.