The Eagles beat Tampa 31-20 to advance to 3-3. That’s 2 wins in a row. That’s 2 double-digit wins in a row. Nice.
Nick Foles got the start and played very well. He had some issues with the blitz in the 2nd quarter, but was better in the 2nd half. He went 22-31-296. He had 3 TDs and no INTs. He also ran for a TD, a great designed play on the opening drive.
The media peppered Chip Kelly with questions about whether Foles played well enough to win the starting QB job. Kelly wasn’t about to give that answer. You need to study the tape. And even then…one game is one game.
Foles was very impressive. The whole offense was impressive. Many NFL pundits talked about how the Eagles would not run the ball well without Vick. Eagles were 33-138 on the ground. Shady McCoy was 25-116. The OL did a good job and McCoy worked his magic.
Riley friggin’ Cooper woke up and played his best game. I mentioned that the QB change could help him. I’m not sure if that’s what did the trick, but something happened. Cooper was 4-120. He had gains of 47 and 44. The 47-yd play was a TD. The Eagles spread the ball around in the passing game. That was good to see.
One of the keys to the game was Red Zone play. The Eagles were 2 for 3. The one “failure” came late in the game when the team was playing for a FG and to milk the clock. The Bucs were 1 for 2. If you score TDs, the Bucs will struggle to keep up.
The Eagles defense was very up and down. They made Mike Glennon look good more than I would have liked. They struggled on 3rd/long. That has to be a point of emphasis going forward. You can’t win on 2 downs and then let the team out of jail, so to speak. When you get the offense in a favorable situation (to the defense), you must take advantage of that.
I was happy that the Eagles D came alive late in the game. They came up big when they needed to.
Fletcher Cox and Bradley Fletcher were the 2 players who stood out.
Feels good to see the guys at 3-3.
Tonight we can watch Dallas and Washington. Cheer for the Skins, but scout Dallas since that is who the Eagles face next Sunday.