Eagles Manhandle Denver To Go To 8-1
The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a powerhouse in today’s 51-point thrashing of the Denver Broncos, improving to 8-1 as they go into the bye week.
Facing the vaunted Denver defense, famous for their “No-Fly Zone” secondary, Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense came out and moved the ball at will, putting up over 400 yards, 51 points, and didn’t commit a single turnover.
This is a Denver defense that just two years ago anchored that team to a Super Bowl victory. And here, second-year quarterback Carson Wentz just picked them apart. Oh, and he did so while playing without his favorite target, Zach Ertz, who missed today’s game with a hamstring injury.
Wentz began the day by answering an early Denver field goal by floating a picture-perfect pass to Alshon Jeffery for a 32-yard strike to get the Eagles on the board.
Wentz delivered another beautiful throw in the second quarter to hit Trey Burton for a 27-yard touchdown to put the team up 24-6.
Wentz finished with under 200 yards, but tossed four touchdowns on the day, and the way he was performing, that yardage total could have easily been higher if it needed to be.
The quarterback play we’re seeing from Wentz is just on another level. More and more, he’s looking a true MVP candidate with each passing week. You watch him play, and it’s so hard to believe that this is a guy with just 25 NFL games to his name.
- Big week for Alshon Jeffery. Who would have thought Alshon’s breakout game would have come against the Denver secondary? Six grabs for 82 yards and two scores for Jeffery.
- If Alshon and Wentz are starting to really click, watch out. That adds a whole extra dimension to this offense.
- Speaking of new dimensions in the offense, it didn’t take long for Jay Ajayi to make an impression on Philadelphia, with a 46-yard touchdown run before the half. The long run gave Ajayi 77 yards for the day.
- Not to be outdone, Corey Clement scored three touchdowns, two by ground, one by air. He’s clearly the third back in this rotation, once Ajayi is fully up to speed, look for Wendell Smallwood to be inactive most weeks.
- With Ertz out, it was really nice to see Trey Burton and Brent Celek step up and pick up the slack. Celek caught three passes for 39 yards. He’s such a forgotten man these days, but make no mistake, the guy can still play.
- Nick Foles got into the game for a second straight week, and connected with Nelson Agholor for a 35-yard gain on his only pass attempt.
- Once again, the Eagles’ run defense anchored the team, allowing just 35 yards on 14 carries.
- Meanwhile, Brock Osweiler had no business coming in to Philadelphia on the road and beating this defense. Osweiler threw two interceptions, one to Patrick Robinson, the other to Rodney McLeod.
- Nigel Bradham picked up his first sack of the season.
- Vinny Curry and Chris Long each picked up sacks as well.
- Jake Elliot drilled a 45-yard field goal, and connected on 6 of 7 extra point attempts.
At 8-1, the Eagles continue to sit alone at the top of the NFL.
With the Seattle Seahawks taking a loss at the hands of the Redskins, the Birds gained valuable ground in the race for home field.
The team now gets a valuable bye to rest up, to get Jay Ajayi more acclimated with the offense, and to prepare for a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, where the Eagles could potentially put the final nail in the NFC East coffin.
These are great times to follow this team, let’s enjoy and savor every moment.