The Eagles stormed to a stunning victory over the Redskins on Monday Night Football and now their attention turns to hosting the winless San Francisco 49ers. Before we forget the magic of Monday Night, here’s a closer look at the ballers and fallers from the win.
This one goes without saying. Maybe It was the appearance of Jon Dorenbos at the Linc that instilled some magic into the game of Carson Wentz, but the Eagles QB was sensational. 4 touchdown passes, incredible toughness and scrambling ability that even the most athletic quarterbacks would be envious of, Wentz put the team on his back after a slow start and put in yet another MVP level performance.
Leading the Eagles in tackles is one thing, but along with stopping a crucial 3rd & 1 and sending Kirk Cousins careering to the ground, Jenkins was the leader that the Eagles needed. When the team lost Jordan Hicks, Jenkins stepped up as the man that the young guys turn too and contributed in just about every facet of the game. Always around the ball, Jenkins is playing the best football of his career and was a key cog in the Eagles win.
The rookie wide receiver exploded onto the scene with a 64-yard touchdown reception. It may have been his only reception of the game, but Hollins has shown his ability to be much more than a special teams standout already this season, and a home-run hit was the best way for Hollins to demonstrate his deep-threat ability and earn more offensive snaps.
Barnett now has 2.5 sacks through the last three games, two of which came on Monday Night. The rookie defensive end has caught fire over the last two weeks en-route to more playing time and despite a missed penalty early on for a cheap-shot, Barnett was a constant force on the outside and is commanding more and more attention…opening things up even more for the likes of Cox and Jernigan.
With Hicks and Kendricks absent, Bradham was left with linebacker teammates who had rarely seen action on defense. All of a sudden, it fell on him to get guys lined up and fill the shows vacated by Simba. Bradham may not have been a statistical standout, but he became the heart of the team when they needed it…and that shows just how valuable Bradham really is to this defense.
The only real faller I can think of is the Eagles best cornerback this season. Robinson missed a few tackles and struggled to keep Jamison Crowder under wraps. It could be because we’re so used to seeing Robinson play near-perfectly every week that even the slightest error is now amplified…but this may have been his weakest performance of the year so far. (Which was stIll very strong).
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