LANDOVER, MD – The Eagles dominated the leaders and took over their court and will enter Week 4 with a perfect 3-0 record.
The Eagles won 24-8 on Sunday afternoon at FedExField and that wasn’t really close.
Here is a look at the position-by-position estimates:
Jalen Hurts: 22/35, 340 yards, 3 TDs, 0 IQ
The most telling part about Hurts’ performance on Sunday afternoon was that he didn’t do much with his legs. He ended up with 9 lunge attempts for just 20 yards. This ability still exists but Hurts won this match with his arm. He missed a few throws here and there but another solid performance from QB1. His 123.5 pass rating was the second highest of his career.
Miles Sanders: 15 holds, 46 yards
The Eagles were not very successful in their constant attack on the leaders, but they did not need it either. Sanders averaged just 3.1 yards per carry, Kenny Jenwell had a 3 for 6, and the Boston Scott had a 2 for zero.
DeVonta Smith: 8 catches on 12 goals, 169 yards, 1 TD
Remember when some people were worried about DeVonta Smith after he had no catch for the first week? do not worry. Smith is still really good and he showed that on Sunday with some great acrobatics. As a whole, this receiver wire is dynamic. Smith fought the beast on Sunday but AJ Brown still had 5 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. Quiz Watkins had no catch, but he did grab a few big DPIs and Zach Pascal increased his catch up to 3 times for 18 yards.
Grade: A +
Dallas Goedert: 3 catches on 4 goals, 26 yards, 1 TD
The numbers weren’t huge for Godert, but he was a man on a mission 23 yards out of his second-quarter catch to lift the Eagles 10-0. Even when Goedert missed some time, the other TEs filled in. Jack Stoll got 1 for 4 yards and showed his ability as a blocker. Rookie Grant Calcatera got his first NFL catch. I went for 40 yards.
The Eagles’ OL Hurts kept it pretty clean in this game, allowing it to shoot for 340 yards. But they weren’t dominant in the running game. The Eagles as a team averaged just 2.4 yards per carry.
Grade: B +
line of defense
Brandon Graham: 6 tackles, 2 1/2 bags, 5 QB hits, 2 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FF
The Eagles had nine sacks in this match and eight of them came from their defensive line. It has been dominating performance as we’ve seen from this unit for quite some time. Graham and Fletcher Cox really turned back the clock. Cox had 1 1/2 sacks, 2 QB hits, and 1 TFL. Josh Sweat and Haason Reddick each cut one and a half sacks and Javon Hargrave had one, too. The Eagles scored a 17 (!) QB hit over Carson Wentz.
Grade: A +
TJ Edwards: 10 tackles, 1 bag, 2 QB hits, 2 TFL
For the second game in a row, Edwards appeared as a star in defense. Keizer White also added 9 tackles, finishing behind Edwards to lead the team. These guys were flying to the ball on Sunday.
Avonte Maddox: 5 protection pieces, 1 PBU
Wentz was only able to shoot for 211 yards and many of them came in garbage time. Tight coverage from the back end gave the defensive line plenty of time to sack Wentz when they didn’t get there right away. Impulse and secondary work go hand in hand and help each other in this work.
Arryn Siposs: 6 balls, 277 yards (46.2), 4 on 20, 2 touchdowns
Siposs had a decent day, although a pair of his stilts rolled into the end zone for the rebound. scary moment on a returning penalty from Britannia Kofi; The eagles were lucky to keep possession. Covey earned 5 returns for 34 yards by 12 yards long. There are still some things to clean up in the special teams area.
If I really wanted to play, I would mention a few gameplay calls that I didn’t like about this game. But it really isn’t worth getting into. The Eagles had a good plan to attack and defend and they dominated the win. I also loved the moment when the Eagles hit the goal line after Smith was hit close to make a play before Ron Rivera could throw the red flag; They outdid Rivera at that moment.
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