What a Win

Posted: September 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on What a Win

The 1-2 Eagles were down 10-0 to the undefeated Packers. The Eagles bandwagon got down to just one dude from Altoona and he was thinking about jumping off to make a beer run. Things were not looking good.

And then Miles Sanders returned a kickoff 67 yards. That changed everything.

Suddenly the Eagles had some hope. They got a bounce in their step. The offense put a TD on the board. The whole team came alive.

Fast forward a few hours and the Eagles are celebrating a huge win. Sanders return was only part of the winning effort, but it was a key moment. It had a transcendent effect.

There are a lot of keys to this game. The Eagles ran the ball 33 times for 176 yards. The defense came up with a pair of huge takeaways. To me, the real key to the game was the Red Zone. The Eagles went 4 for 4. The Packers were just 3 for 7. Situational football made all the difference.

This could be a season-defining win, but we’ll need some context for that. For now, it keeps the Eagles right in the middle of things.

The run game was a thing of beauty. Jordan Howard ran 15 times for 87 yards. He punished tacklers on a regular basis. Howard ran for two scores and also caught a TD pass. Sanders ran 11 times for 72 yards, including one run for 30 yards.

Of course, the run game is nothing without the big guys up front opening holes. The Eagles O-line played their best game of the year. Carson Wentz wasn’t sacked and RBs regularly had big holes to run through. I don’t know how Packers coaches are going to be able to sit through that game tape. It was ugly, for them.

Let’s also make sure we give credit to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. They blocked well and helped open holes for the runners. Ertz caught seven passes and Goedert had a TD catch. The Eagles had a lot of success using 12 personnel.

The Eagles defense had a weird night. They gave up 491 yards and 27 points. They had at least eight penalties, several of which kept scoring drives alive. But Jim Schwartz will be happy with his guys for doing enough to win.

The defense came up with a strip-sack and that set up the offense with a short field and resulted in a quick TD drive. The defense stopped the Packers on downs at the goal line. Green Bay didn’t even bother trying to run and their coaches will catch a lot of flak for those play-calls, but the Eagles also did their part.

Most importantly, the defense came up with an INT in the end zone at the end of the game. That sealed the win.

For a while, the defense looked hopeless. Sidney Jones got hurt early and Avonte Maddox struggled to cover Davante Adams. Struggled in a big way. Maddox got hurt late and that meant Craig James had to play. He broke up the pass that Nigel Bradham picked off to seal the win.

Maddox was hit by teammate Andrew Sendejo and it looked very serious for a while. He was carted off and it was a scary scene, but it sounds like he’ll be okay.

This is great news. Keep your fingers crossed on this.

Don’t overlook just how big this win was. Playing on the road on a short week against a Hall of Fame QB isn’t easy.

Wow, just wow.

The Eagles are 2-2. They now have time to get healthy before the next game. They have to figure out what to do at CB, but it is a lot better to do that coming off a big win than when scrambling after a tough loss.

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