I really really loved being in that stadium yesterday.
It wasn’t too loud to start the game, but MAN when they didn’t call the PI on the pass to Darren Sproles and then followed that up with a clear missed helmet-to-helmet call, I genuinely feared for the refs safety. It felt like the old stories we used to hear about the Vet. It was VILE up in there and I, in my sick and twisted brain, absolutely loved it.
Let’s get to the knee jerks:
Do the Eagles have the 3 best wins in football?
After the Eagles beat the Vikings, I stated that the Eagles have the two best wins in football this season. Now, after yesterday’s win, do they have the three best? The Steelers were undefeated and people thought their offense was unstoppable, the Vikings were undefeated and people thought their defense was impenetrable and finally, the Falcons were one of the hottest teams in football with an offense that was viewed as invincible… Sike.
The Eagles trounced those teams, and widened their already league best home-field scoring margin in the process. After going 3-5 last year at home, it’s safe to say that the “edge” is back at the Linc, and thank god that it is.
Are we getting Seattle in a good spot?
That was my question last night as the Seahawks defeated the New England Patriots last night. Winning in New England is insanely tough, especially with Tom Brady at the helm, and Seattle made clutch play after clutch play to defeat the Pats last evening. It was certainly a draining win and one that they’re going to celebrate for a little while, could we see some “coming out flat” potential this weekend against the Eagles? I think I preferred that they won instead of a losing because had they lost I would have most certainly feared an angry Seattle team at home. Winning in Seattle is just as daunting as winning in New England, but I think there might be some flatness to that Seattle team on Sunday. The Eagles just have to come out hot.
Running the ball has to be this teams mantra
That was the kind of offense that we had seen the first couple of weeks. Methodical, balanced and Wentz being game manager-y. Doug’s gameplan was to try to keep the Falcons offense off the field as much as possible, and for the most part, they did just that. They out-time of possessioned the Falcons 38 to 21 minutes and collectively ran the ball down their throats until they proved they could stop it–they couldn’t. Ryan Mathews looked shot out of a cannon, guess he got the message this coaching staff was sending, and Wendell Smallwood even ran for 70 yards! The Eagles improved to 4-1 when Mathews gets double-digit touches and 3-1 when Smallwood gets over 4. By running the ball this much, it allows Carson to play within himself and sell defenses on his play-fakes. This is when he’s at his best, not when he’s being forced to take over a game, like he has had to do the last couple of weeks. I like game-manager Carson… for now.
Doug is slowly weeding out his receivers that stink
Sure, they played over 110 combined snaps but Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham are being weeded out of this offense. It’s becoming more and more clear that, in the passing game, Wentz is looking for Jordan Matthews on crossing patterns, Ertz in the middle of the field and Sproles out of the backfield. They’re no longer wasting their time, and ours, trying to design plays for these two. And, I think I speak for everyone here, that’s good thing.
I don’t think we have to worry about Jason Peters anymore
Of course, until he comes up lame in Seattle. HOWEVER, when Peters is fully healthy, he’s still one of the most effective left tackles in the league and is most certainly not done. Just getting Chip Kelly out of here has made Peters more effective and helped preserve his career. He could finally get back to the weight he’s comfortable playing at and not be forced to sprint up and down the field. Peters isn’t that kind of player and he’s bouncing back in a huge way for the Eagles. Yesterday was his best game as he didn’t allow a single hurry or hit on Wentz in 41 pass blocking snaps. Overall, the offensive line was excellent yesterday, they protected Wentz and pushed the Falcons back all afternoon long.
This Eagles defense is super weird
It just is. One minute they look like the best defense in football, the next their getting shredded, I don’t know they’re just weird and I love them. One place they’re definitely a top unit in the league is at home. They, twice, stopped the best offenses in the league at the Linc. This team is different at home and so is this defense. Malcolm Jenkins was all over the field, Brandon Graham is one of the best outside pass rushers in the league, Bennie Logan is invaluable and needs to get paid, Fletch was Fletch, McKelvin should have had three picks and (GASP!) Mychal Kendricks played well! MYCHAL KENDRICKS. I love this defense at home so, so much.
The “Are the Eagles Good Meter Stand at?”…
Above average. Until I see this team win a ball game on the road or steal a game from someone this Eagles team is just going to be good to me. Yesterday, we saw signs of a team that is figuring out how to close games, but until I see that on the road, we can’t have NFC Championship aspirations, unless of course every game is at The Linc.