Eagles demolish the Jets; Shift Focus to Minnesota

 

The Philadelphia Eagles came into week 5 looking to build on last weeks’ huge win at Green Bay. Other than the Miami Dolphins, the only other team you’d rather play to keep a winning streak alive is the New York Jets. The Jets came in 0-3 and were really struggling on offense. They lost their starting Quarterback to mono in week 2 and have sputtered ever since. The Jets came in averaging under 190 yards a game and they didn’t even crack the 130 yard barrier against the Eagles.

 

The Eagles defense would end up being the bright spot of the afternoon, even though we all knew the Jets offense is horrific. The Eagles racked up 10 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 for a TD, and 2 forced fumbles, 1 also returned for a TD, in a 31-6 beat down on Sunday afternoon.  

 

After forcing a three and out to to start the game, the Eagles would get the ball and march right down the field for a TD. Highlighted by a 15 yard run, Jordan Howard six plays later would cap off the drive with a 1 yard TD run. The Eagles have been struggling scoring early in games, so to see a solid opening drive was encouraging. 

 

On the ensuing drive, the Jets would get some momentum building, getting the ball into Eagles territory. After failing to convert on a 3rd and 1 run up the middle, Jets QB Luke Falk would be intercepted on 4th down by Nathan Gerry, and returned for a TD. The Eagles were up 14-0 before New York realized what hit them. 

 

The defense was just getting started. They would cause problems all afternoon for Adam Gase and the Jets offense. Eagles LB Nathan Gerry, Orlando Scandrick, and Brandon Graham starred all afternoon. “Once I saw (Le’Veon Bell) take off I knew that’s where the ball was going. Like I said earlier, we knew how they were going to attack us on short yardage especially on third and fourth down.” said Gerry. Gerry jumped the out route by Bell out of the backfield, and coupled by pressure by Brandon Graham, was able to intercept the pass and return it 51 yards for the score. 

 

Offensively the Eagles were not stellar by any means. However, the Jets defense is really good and very well coached by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Wentz finished with just 189 yards and 1 TD on 17 of 29 passing. It’s his 2nd consecutive week with less than 200 yards throwing, but the Eagles will take it as they are now 3-2. Jordan Howard led all Eagles in rushing with 62 yards on 13 carries to go along with a touchdown. 

 

With just under 8 minutes to go in the game, the Jets seemed to be moving the ball, in hopes of scoring on their second consecutive drive. Luke Falk would drop back and while standing up right, get the ball ripped out of his hands by Orlando Scandrick who would return it 44 yards for a TD. After the game, Falk, took the blame on the sack-fumble; “We just have to get on the same page on what we’re doing. I can’t afford to get sacked on that situation with the line giving me that much time. Worst comes to worst, I have to get rid of it.” 

 

The Eagles needed to win this game convincingly and did just that. With a tough 6 game stretch coming up for the Eagles, 3 on the road against Minnesota, Dallas, and Buffalo, followed by 3 at home against Chicago, New England, and Seattle, with a bye week sandwiched in there, the Eagles needed to win this game. The next 7 weeks will say a lot about this team. With a banged up secondary, the offense will need to step it up a gear if this teams has hopes of making it to Miami in February.

 

The team will be headed to Minnesota next week for a battle with Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. The Vikings have weapons all over on offense, but the question that follows them is the play of their QB. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been very outspoken in recent weeks about Cousins play. Despite their talented WR pairing, the Vikings have been running the ball extremely well with third year back Dalvin Cook. Minnesota is third in the league in rushing averaging 155.2 yards per game. The Eagles have done an excellent job so far this year in shutting down some good NFL running backs. However, Minnesota’s rushing attack will by far be the best one they’ve seen so far. 

19 thoughts on “Eagles demolish the Jets; Shift Focus to Minnesota

  1. It’s difficult to get a grasp of what this team is all about. I’m sure you’d agree, playing with a depleted secondary vs Jets at home was as much a contributing factor as was the Eagles play. 3 straight on the road with Dallas, in the middle will define, this squad and their place amongst the elite teams in the NFC. Carson was as we know kept in bubble wrap all pre season and has started to emerge as one of the QBs in the league that other teams only wish they had. Once D Jax stretches the field again , the running lanes and two tight ends , will give coordinators fits. Minny has payback on its mind, and this will be as physical a game as the birds will have all year. With Dallas in a tail spin at home vs Green Bay , getting and staying healthy will be the teams biggest challenge.

  2. Anyone hear what the Injury Situation to Darren Sproles is ? Congratulations to him as He became the NFL’s 5th All-Time NFL Top Player in All-Purpose Yards by surpassing former Raiders Tim Brown on the List during the Jets game and was a big motivation for him returning in 2019. He won’t catch # 4 on the list, Emmitt Smith, who is 2,000 Yards ahead at this Stage of his Career, but never the less, a Great Career and Accomplishment for Darren Sproles #43, who should be a Hall of Famer some day…

  3. We have to pray to god Carson starts getting rid of the ball. The dude held onto the ball a little bit too long on several throws and got his leg and knee bent back like a pretzel.

    Meanwhile Jordan Howard was wide open in the flat and Carson didn’t even look his way.

    Looks like the DLINE is coming together after not playing at all in the preseason. Brandon G is a force inside, and this allows D Hall, Sweat to get more snaps at DE.

    Really hoping Timmy, Desean, Mills, LeBlanc all return soon and that injury bug is done for once and for all.

    1. There have been between 12-15 QBs miss significant time due to injury (unable to finish a game). Excessive worry about Carson is a bit overboard…. the guy extends plays and makes big plays by doing it, we can’t have it both ways. If you compile Carson’s highlight reel probably over 50% of it is on plays he extended (held onto the ball)

      1. Its not overboard. He has been hurt in college, and in the pros every single year of his career.

        Major knee, and back injuries are nothing to scoff at. Especially when his knee just got bent backwards like that on a meaningless 1st and 10 play against the worst team in the league.

        Wide open checkdown to the flats…you have to be better and take that.

        Or he is not going to last. Elite QBs stay healthy and are available.

        Or you can end up like Andrew Luck or RG3 etc…

  4. ok– next time he pulls a houdini and makes a huge play fans are not allowed to cheer- they have to sit on their hands and say, “I can’t believe he extended that play, he should have thrown it away”– so sure… be more careful carson!

  5. so youtube carson wentz 2017-13 minutes of highlights I would say 70% of them involve his legs, moving around the pocket, scrambling etc- according to several eagles fans including CT that whole tape should have been dump offs or throwaways…

  6. It’s all situational.

    Again, 1st & 10 against the worst team in the NFL. He is holding onto the ball up 14-0. And gets his leg and knee wrapped up with Jordan Howard WIDE OPEN.

    Now if the score is 7-10 and the Vikings are up this week in the 3rd QTR with 3 minutes left. Extend the play, and be special.

    There is zero reason for him to be a hero in these situations sometimes.

    That was not the week 2 ATL game…Or Detroit game.

    By the way, in 2017 did Carson finish the season? No he got crunched running into the endzone diving head first like Michael Vick used to do…. On a play that didn’t even count.

    Beauitful year in 2017, MVP Year. However.. those type of plays do not last in this league long term. Ask Andrew Luck.

    Pat Mahomes is already starting to feel it in his second year.

      1. Lol!!!

        When Wentz “instincts’ has him in early retirement and the Derrick Rose of the NFL you will still find a way to defend him holding onto the ball for 4-5-6 seconds.

        If the checkdown is there, you have to take it.

        This is why we lost in 2018 to the Titans. He didn’t even look at Wendell Smallwood in the flat WIDE OPEN.

        If this offensive line wasn’t special, Wentz would be in real trouble probably. Especially behind a OLINE like in Seattle or Minnesota. People compared him to Peyton Manning type intellect with his photogenic memory. His rookie season he was getting comparions to Alex Smith because of how much he was checking the ball down.

        He has to get back to that to some degree.

  7. Look, I’d love to see him throw the ball as soon as it hits his hands… but you are asking for a dink and dunk offense… and that’s ok.
    As a fan you can’t cheer when he is Superman,shakes a rusher, scrambles and throws a 60 yard TD and then the next play he scrambles and it’s incompl or he takes a shot

  8. A Tight Game this Week versus the Vikings who are always a much better Team when Playing at Home
    Game will likely come down to a few Big Plays, Turnovers, Kicking Game and Execution in the Red-Zone
    Wentz will need to play his Best Game of the Season and the Eagles WR’s need to step up and make some Plays down the Field or this very athletic Vikings Front 7 will crowd the Line of Scrimmage and make it difficult to Run the Ball, though the Eagles really need to stay with the Run as their Offense is much better when they have a strong Running Game going
    This Game may very well come down to who has the Ball Last for a Game Winning FG Attempt

  9. Unmitigated trash game . It’s embarrassing how bad the secondary is. No pass rush ; continues to expose the back end as Diggs has a video type game vs douglas and company.

  10. Eagles are in serious Trouble over the next 5 Weeks making a Win over the Cowboys a Must Win ..
    with Cowboys,Bills, Bears,Patriots & Seahawks on tap for the next 6 Games
    We?will see what this 2019 Eagles are made of..
    Some Strange Play Calls, that Fake FG Attempt before the Half was just plain stupid given the fact the Eagles has momentum, Little time left and no timeouts so even if it worked, I’m not sure they go in for a TD anyways, Take the 3 Points and go into the Half down 24-13 with the Ball to start the 2nd Half..
    I also don’t understand these quick outs Plays to the slowest receiver on the Team (Jeffrey) who needs to 2-3 yards just to accelerate
    LB Corps is Brutal (#52 is 2-3 Steps out of Position on almost every pass Play)
    Bradham’s Hurt, CB’s Stink,
    No sustained Pass-Rush from the DL
    Good NFL QB’s will carve this Defense up..

    I see an 8-8/9-7 Season at Best with this 2019 Team..
    Only Players I saw playing hard/smart were
    RB Sanders, Returnman Boston Scott
    #22 Sidney Jones is a Bust
    The Best Play he made he gets called on Interference which was a terrible Call
    But he’s not a NFL Quality CB
    WR Mack Hollins does little in the Passing Game… Wentz looks for Ertz,Jeffrey and that’s about it..
    The Left-side of the Eagles OL played poorly again
    It was a total Team/Coaching effort with the Loss

  11. and for the record, I did watch this Eagles farce of a game since the Panthers/Bucs Game from London was on early Sunday am in our TV Market here locally in NC.. QB K Cousins has had some of his Best Days as a Pro versus the Eagles over the Years even thought Cousins Career Record is 9-28 versus Teams with over a .500 Record in his Career..

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