Game Review – PHI 31, NYJ 6

Posted: October 10th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Eagles won a tough, emotional game in Green Bay. Playing the hapless Jets after that was the perfect recipe for a letdown performance. And that’s exactly what happened.

The Eagles were clearly the better team, but they were sloppy and played down to the Jets. That kept the game closer than it should have been…and the Eagles won by 25. The Jets offense was awful. They gained 128 yards, with Eagles mistakes boosting that total.

The Eagles defense had a breakout game, racking up 10 sacks, 3 takeaways and even scoring 2 TDs.

The offense was another story. They only gained 265 points and accounted for 17 points. They had six possessions start at the 42-yard line or better. Normally that kind of field position leads to a lot of scoring. The Eagles only got 2 TDs out of that. There isn’t any one person or thing to blame. It was an off day for the whole offense. Do give the Jets credit. Their defense played hard. I was especially impressed by SS Jamal Adams and DT Leonard Williams. They are studs. LB Neville Hewitt was all over the field and seemed to be in on every tackle. DE Terrell Basham had a couple of TFLs and was disruptive.

Coaching

Doug Pederson didn’t have a lot of strategy situations in this game because the Eagles got up 14-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. He went for it on fourth down twice, with the Eagles failing on both tries.

Pederson said the offense wasn’t in sync and that sure looked to be the case. He managed to find enough plays that worked that the Eagles could win the game, but it sure wasn’t pretty. One new wrinkle was throwing quick screens to Alshon Jeffery from a run-heavy look (2 TEs or 6 OL). There was one interesting situation. The Eagles had the ball on 3rd/1. They ran a play-action pass. Carson Wentz tried to hit Dallas Goedert, but Adams had tight coverage and broke up the play. The Eagles went for it on fourth down and got stuffed.

I thought it was a bit curious, throwing the pass there to the TE covered by the Jets best defender. Adams is the one guy you want to avoid. Maybe the Eagles didn’t expect that coverage. Or maybe Wentz made a bad read.

Jim Schwartz didn’t take any chances. He put the pedal to the floor and had his guys attacking all game long. Schwartz loaded the box to take away Le’Veon Bell as much as possible. There were multiple DB blitzes designed to blow up run plays. Schwartz wanted to put the ball in Luke Falk’s hands and that is just what happened. Bell ran the ball 15 times. Falk dropped back to pass 35 times. Not a good idea.

Schwartz attacked on passing downs as well. He blitzed his nickel corner several times on pass plays. There were all kinds of stunts and loops. He mixed personnel and rotated DL to keep them fresh. No DL played more than 46 snaps.

QB

Wentz was up and down, going 17-29-189. He threw one TD and no picks. There is something to be said for the fact he didn’t turn the ball over. You don’t want to give an over-matched opponent any help.

There were two standout plays. The first came on the opening drive, with the Eagles inside the 10. The snap was off target and went by Wentz. He chased after it and would have been tackled for a huge loss. Wentz got the ball and saw Mack Hollins so he threw the ball at Hollins feet. That turned a possible disaster into a simple incompletion. Brilliant. The Eagles scored a TD two plays later. That is great awareness and concentration.

The other great play was a bit more conventional. Wentz was under heavy pressure and ducked under a rusher. He then popped back up and hit Ertz for a big gain over the middle.

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Made a great pre-snap read and throw to hit Sanders for a gain of 36. Sanders was being covered by a pass rusher so this was a completely favorable matchup. Easy big play. Not everything was so good. Wentz had Agholor open for a long TD. Threw the ball to the outside instead of the middle of the field. Needed a better throw there. Later on he had him open again and was off target. There was contact by the DB that affected the route, but you hate to miss a wide open receiver down the field.

The Jets stopped Wentz on a 4th down QB sneak, but a bad spot had a lot to do with that.

RB

Jordan Howard had another strong game. He was 13-62 and ran for a TD. Howard did most of his damage running up the middle. Miles Sanders had a good game as a receiver, going 4-49. He gained 36 yards on one pass play. Sanders is comfortable catching the ball down the field. Late in the half, Sanders caught a short pass and fought for the 1st down. He was only 9-15 as a runner.

Darren Sproles got hurt. It wasn’t much of a showing before that. He was 3-4 on the ground and dropped the only pass to come his way,  a pass on 3rd/5 that would have kept a drive going. 

WR

Alshon Jeffery was 6-52. He caught short passes and added RAC yards. Nelson Agholor caught one pass for 20 yards. He had chances for some big plays, but something was just off between him and Wentz.

TE

Zach Ertz had another strong game. He was 5-57-1. Ertz made some tough grabs and moved the chains a few times. Dallas Goedert was targeted 3 times, but only caught one pass.

OL

It used to be that big runs involved key blocks from Jason Peters. It seems like Brandon Brooks is taking that away from him. The biggest runs on Sunday came when Brooks walled off the NT or a LB and gave Howard a ton of room up the middle. Brooks is playing at a high level.

Jason Kelce had the terrible snap early on. Jason Peters had a poor block on a draw play. There were small mistakes like this that led to some offensive breakdowns. Not a great showing by the OL.

DL

The DL had their best game of the year and it isn’t even close. Brandon Graham had his breakout game of the year. Had 3 sacks, all while rushing from DT. Got the sacks in different ways. Used leverage, burst and hands to get the first. Next one was a hustle sack. The final one was all about effort, as he fought through two blockers to get to Falk. Graham also got pressure on the pick-six by Gerry. Graham stayed wide, playing the QB outside-in. That killed the bootleg and created the INT. Smart. Disciplined.

Fletcher Cox created an INT late in the 1st half. Drove the RG back into the QB and affected the throw, which came out high. McLeod was able to pick that off over the deep middle. INT > sack. Cox pushed the pocket on multiple pass plays. He was credited with 1 TFL, but that could have been more. He was in the backfield more than any game so far.

Derek Barnett had sack. He also drew a flag for a dumb move after a pick. Barnett hit an OL low. Eagles got lucky that his hit didn’t negate the TD. Barnett has got to calm down a bit.

Josh Sweat had his best game as a pro. He got in on the 3rd play of the game. Went to LDE when Graham slid inside. That tells you the coaching staff is starting to really trust Sweat. Just missed a sack late in the 2nd. Used hard inside move to get into the backfield and got to Falk in a flash. Falk got rid of the ball on his way to the ground. Shed the TE and tackled RB on run play. That showed strength and good awareness. Showed serious speed when he chased down RB from the back side. Sweat did get his first sack on a pass play in the 2nd half. He was credited with 3 QB hits. Good game.

Hasaan Ridgeway played well. Penetrated on several plays. Able to shoot gaps with quickness or by using his hands to shed blocks. He got his first sack of the season.

Vinny Curry had one sack and just missed 2 others. Daeshon Hall got his first sack of the season. He overwhelmed a TD and flew inside to hit the QB.

LB

Nate Gerry made one of the plays of the game. He read the play perfectly and sprinted outside at the snap. Falk forced a pass and Gerry jumped the route. He snagged the ball and ran it back for a TD. That put the Eagles up 14-0. Game over. Gerry looks more and more natural at LB.

Nigel Bradham was somewhat quiet. He got in on 3 tackles. Zach Brown was credited with 5 assisted tackles and a PD. Kamu Grugier-Hill mostly played on some passing downs. He’s moving well. KGH blew up an off-tackle run and got a TFL.

DB

Rasul Douglas had a good game. Jumped a route in the early 2nd and knocked the ball away. Gave up a completion late in the half. Followed that with a PD. Finished with 4 tackles and 2 PDs.

Orlando Scandrick had a strong Eagles debut. That was about as good as it gets for a DB. He had 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 FFs, 1 FR and a TD. Wow. Timed his blitzes well. Played smart, like a smart veteran should. Tackled well. Always seemed to be in the right place.

Craig James missed an early tackle on Bell, who was split wide on the play. Called for holding on the next play. Kept battling. Was beaten deep in the 3rd Qtr for what should have been a long play, but the WR dropped the ball. Got the job done. Credited with 3 tackles.

Rodney McLeod had an outstanding game. Got TFL on 3rd/1 when he flew into the backfield. Picked off a pass late in the half. Dropped back deep and went to the middle saw the WR reach for the ball and deflect it. McLeod was there to catch it. Had a chance for an easy sack and somehow whiffed on Falk. Was in on 6 total tackles. Made plays all over the field. Disruptive in the box and also covered well. Very encouraging to see him play like this.

Malcolm Jenkins had 4 tackles including a TFL. He got a big hit on Falk. Jenkins fought through an illegal block to tackle Bell for a loss on a short pass play.

STs

Cameron Johnston averaged 46.8 yards per punt. 2 of them were downed deep. Overall, 3 were downed inside the 20.

Darren Sproles had a 16-yd PR early in the game. That gave the Eagles great field position.

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One Comment on “Game Review – PHI 31, NYJ 6”

  1. 1 The Linc - Rasul Douglas makes list of PFF’s highest graded cornerbacks - Philly's Top Five said at 2:53 AM on October 12th, 2019:

    […] Game Review – PHI 31, NYJ 6 – Iggles BlitzThe DL had their best game of the year and it isn’t even close. Brandon Graham had his breakout game of the year. Had 3 sacks, all while rushing from DT. Got the sacks in different ways. Used leverage, burst and hands to get the first. Next one was a hustle sack. The final one was all about effort, as he fought through two blockers to get to Falk. Graham also got pressure on the pick-six by Gerry. Graham stayed wide, playing the QB outside-in. That killed the bootleg and created the INT. Smart. Disciplined. Fletcher Cox created an INT late in the 1st half. Drove the RG back into the QB and affected the throw, which came out high. McLeod was able to pick that off over the deep middle. INT > sack. Cox pushed the pocket on multiple pass plays. He was credited with 1 TFL, but that could have been more. He was in the backfield more than any game so far. […]