Breakout Game

Posted: October 6th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

You know the old sayings.

“Sacks come in bunches.”

“Turnovers come in bunches.”

Those football adages proved to be true on Sunday, with a frustrated Eagles defense piling up 10 sacks and three takeaways. The Eagles even scored a pair of defensive TDs. Who predicted that Nate Gerry would score a TD before Zach Ertz this year? Both got into the end zone vs the Jets.

New old guy Orlando Scandrick had a pair of sacks and forced fumbles. He stole the ball from QB Luke Falk and ran it back for a TD.

Jim Schwartz turned the dogs loose in this game. He loaded up the box to shut down the run and then went after Falk hard. Sometimes this involved the blitz. Other times Schwartz loaded the lineup with DEs to get as many pass rushers on the field as possible. The Eagles also did a lot with stunts and twists.

The Jets OL did not do a good job in pass protection. Compounding matters, Falk held the ball longer than he should have. The Eagles DL took advantage of that. Brandon Graham had three sacks, a career high. Josh Sweat got his first NFL sack. Daeshon Hall got his first full NFL sack. Vinny Curry and Hassan Ridgeway got their first sack of the season. Derek Barnett got a sack late in the game to get the Eagles to double-digits.

The pass rush affected Falk even when they didn’t get home. Pressure from Graham led to Gerry’s pick-six. There were some passes thrown five yards out of bounds. Other passes were thrown at the feet of receivers.

The Eagles were facing a bad offense and bullied them for three hours. That’s exactly what you want to see.

About the Eagles offense…

Not so rosy. The Eagles marched right down the field to open the game and went up 7-0. The offense then disappeared for a while. Dropped passes. Penalties. Missed blocks. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

The offense played well enough to win, but needs to get a lot better. Give some credit to the Jets defense. Those guys played hard and made some plays. Still, a lot of this was self-inflicted. There was one play when the Eagles faced 3rd-and-30. That makes for a tough play-call.

Jordan Howard was 13-62-1 on the ground and continues to be fun to watch. You just love the physicality of his runs. Miles Sanders was quiet as a runner, but did have a 36-yard catch and run. He is becoming a weapon in the passing game. Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz combined for 11 catches.

Doug Pederson expressed disappointment after the game. He loves the win, but knows there are mistakes that must be corrected. The upcoming schedule gets tougher. The Eagles must play better football to get through that stretch.

The low point of the game for me was a muffed punt by Corey Clement. He thought the ball bounced off a teammate’s foot, so Clement made a wild attempt to get the ball. The Jets recovered it. That was at the Eagles 19-yard line and killed the dream of a shutout, which seemed like a very real possibility up to that point. The Jets scored on the next play. Ugh.

I should be on cloud nine, coming off a 31-6 win where the defense piled up 10 sacks. The loss of the shutout was tough. You don’t get a lot of chances for them so you have to take advantage when you can.

I’ll go re-watch the 10 sacks to help get me through this trying time. Keep me in your prayers.