Victory Monday, there’s no feeling quite like it. The Eagles have had four of of these Monday’s in five weeks, as they continue to pull further away in the race for the NFC East. A 34-7 win over Arizona very much returned the favor for the heartbreaking defeat they suffered two years ago, but who really shined on Sunday?
It’s hard to ignore the bounce-back season that Nelson Agholor is having. The USC product amassed his third touchdown reception of the season on Sunday on a 72-yard score that showed every last ounce of the first-round potential that he brought to the table coming out of college.
Agholor’s offseason breakout has been followed up by a stunning start to the 2017 campaign and a day in which he led the team in receiving yards and set a new career-high has to be worthy of a mention.
The Eagles quarterback completed his most complete game since entering the NFL. Three touchdown passes in the first quarter set the tone, while his surgical ability to carve open the Defense on third down throughout the game was one of the key nails in the coffin for the Cardinals.
Wentz ended his day with a 304 yard game in which he completed 21/30 passes. The deep ball was finally unleashed as the sophomore signal-caller fired lasers to Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith. What was once considered a weakness is rapidly becoming a strength…and it’s making the Eagles Offense lethal.
Robinson has easily been one of the Eagles’ strongest players this season. He added another strong outing to his resume on Sunday, batting down three passes (two of which should have been interceptions) and even blocking a field goal.
The nickel corner was trusted outside a little more against the Cardinals and their corps of speedy young wide receivers, but he held his own once again and helped add a sense of reliability to an Eagles secondary that lacked it.
The return of Kenjon Barner to Lincoln Financial Field cannot be overlooked. A 76-yard punt return will be what stands out most, but Barner was an integral part of the Eagles backfield rotation too, rushing the ball for 23 yards on 5 attempts.
Without Smallwood or Sproles, the Eagles lost a lot of optionality in the backfield. For Barner to return to Philadelphia and instantly provide a spark? That’s impressive.
For the second season in a row, Brandon Graham is having himself a standout year. Four tackles, one sack, and three tackles for a loss just don’t paint an accurate picture for the Eagles DE, who was a rampant force in the pocket against the Cardinals.
Graham’s never-ending motor fuelled an Eagles pass-rush that was without it’s main attraction in Fletcher Cox. Coming off the edge, Graham was a major force in stopping the run and forced Carson Palmer into a box from which he could not escape. The 29-year old may well be having the best season of his career.
You can’t track this statistically in the way you can with receivers or quarterbacks, but Jason Kelce has been extremely impressive these last two weeks. With a major block on the bomb to Nelson Agholor that saw him body up two interior linemen, Kelce has been the driving force behind opening the run. For someone that has had his future consistently doubted, Kelce has done nothing but propel the Eagles Offense forward and be the glue on a constantly evolving offensive line. in recent weeks.
N O B O D Y. No negativity here, the Eagles were hitting home-runs across the board…so let’s just soak that in.
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