Eagles Deliver Yet Another Thrashing
What the Eagles are doing right is just off the charts.
I know the Chicago Bears were a three-win team coming in to today’s game, but you know the story with these games. All week, the narrative is that the Eagles had better not sleep on this team, this a trap-game, the Eagles better not look ahead to Seattle, you’ve heard the “trap-game” storyline at least five times this year, whether it came before the Cardinal game, the 49ers, the Broncos, and now the Bears.
This Eagles’ team is as focused, well-coached, and well-prepared of a team that I’ve ever seen. They don’t play down to the level of their opponents. They come out week to week and exert their will on other teams, whether its the Bears or the Panthers. Nick Foles, the backup quarterback, has been called on for mop-up duty in three of the last four games!
Look at the results of this team going back to Week 4 against Los Angeles. A 31-3 win today. A 37-9 win over Dallas last week. A 51-23 win Over Denver. A 33-10 win over San Francisco. A 34-24 win over Washington. The only game that was remotely close was a 28-23 win over Carolina. A 34-7 win over Arizona.
So when you look at those results, two things jump out at you. The Eagles are obliterating teams. They’ve dropped 30 or more points in all but one of their last seven games. And the defense has held opponents to 10 points or less in four of those games, including three of the last four.
When looking at this team, this is easily the best the Eagles have been since their trip to the Super Bowl in 2004.
You could say that this team is better than 04 right now, and I wouldn’t argue with you. I’m not quite convinced that’s the case yet, but after two more weeks I may be well ready to declare that the case.
Carson Wentz is leading the league in touchdown passes. I don’t think Alshon Jeffery is better this year than Terrell Owens was then, and none of the current running backs can hold a candle to Brian Westbrook, but collectively the skills positions are deeper and more well-rounded than 04.
Defensively, I think this team is far superior to the defense of 04 that featured Eagle greats Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah Trotter. The defensive line is dominant against the run and the pass, and the secondary, which many expected to be this team’s great fault, has been one of the best units on the team.
- LeGarrette Blount was the team’s featured running back this week, taking 15 carries for 97 yards. Blount was dominant, running wild and causing all kinds of headaches for the Bear defenders.
- Jay Ajayi took only five carries, but ripped off another long run, this one going for 30 yards. Ajayi did fumble on the play, but Nelson Agholor scooped it up in the endzone for a score. Ajayi also picked up a first down on a fourth-and-one call in the first half.
- Zach Ertz surfaced after a quiet game in Dallas, busting out for 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
- Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz continue to thrive together, with Jeffery picking up five more grabs for 52 yards and another touchdown. Jeffery could have had a much stronger statistical game if it wasn’t a blowout at halftime.
- Nelson Agholor got back into the offense today, catching three balls for 32 yards and a touchdown.
- Just another absolutely dominant performance against the run today for the Eagles’ defense. The Bears were held to just six yards on 14 carries. Jordan Howard, who is third in the league in rushing, was held to just six yards on seven attempts.
- With no running game, Mitch Trubisky looked very much like a rookie, throwing for only 133 yards and two interceptions.
- Brandon Graham tied for the team lead with five tackles, recording a sack and a forced fumble.
- Malcolm Jenkins came down with an interception, but fumbled it away.
- Corey Graham got a pick late in the game.
- Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan are just going to be a treat to watch over the next few years. There may be no more complete defensive tackle tandem in the league.
- Jake Elliot, back from his concussion, nailed his only field goal attempt and all four of his extra points.
- One of my favorite plays of the day came in the second quarter, where Kenjon Barner alertly pulled his teammate away from a punt, preventing a turnover for the Bears.
- Steven Means, active today, got his hand on a punt in the first half, resulting in a short kick.
The team’s greatest test in the schedule is now in front of them, with two critical road games against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
Over these two games, we’ll really find out how strong this team is.
I’ll this though. If the Eagles go into the playoffs with homefield advantage, I don’t think there’s a team in the NFC that come out here and beat them in Lincoln Financial Field.
For years, the Eagles had teams that didn’t properly utilize the homefield edge in Philadelphia. The DeSean Jacksons and the LeSean McCoy types, talented as they were, were the types of guys that would piss and moan any time the fans booed the Eagles. But this team is so much different. There aren’t ego-driven underachievers, its a bunch of winners.