The Eagles have the best record in the NFL. Trap games? No problem. Bad weather? No problem. Injuries? Kind of a problem, but we’ll get to that later. The Birds’ shined through the clouds en route to their dominant 33-10 win over San Francisco, but who made the biggest impact?
The former Chicago Bear may have only caught two passes on Sunday, but when one goes for a stunning 53-yard touchdown, that really doesn’t matter. Leading the team in receiving, Jeffery made a beautiful catch over rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and took it all the way to the house for his third touchdown of the year. Is Alshon a number one receiver? It’s hard to debate that he’s not…
The Eagles pass rush was simply relentless in hounding rookie QB C.J Beathard on Sunday. 12 QB hits and 4 sacks saw the pressure only build as the game went on. Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox all brought down the young signal caller, but it was the consistent effort from Jernigan, Barnett, and even the rotational guys like Beau Allen who kept Beathard on hies toes. This was a showing of just how dangerous this pass rush can be.
Mills finally ticked off something on his bucket list; his first pick six. Weaving his way through traffic, the Green Goblin darted to the endzone after jumping the route perfectly. The development seen on a weekly basis in the game of Mills is astounding…and this may be his best performance as an Eagle to date.
With Jordan Hicks injured, the veteran Safety has become the heartbeat of the defense. With a crucial play on third and short, Jenkins went on to amass five tackles and bat down a pass in the win over San Francisco. Making plays all over the field, Jenkins continues to play the best football of his career and help propel the Eagles defense to success.
Leading the team in tackles isn’t exactly a bad way to make your return to the team. Filling in for Jordan Hicks and seeing an increased defensive role, Mychal Kendricks registered seven tackles and a sack in Sunday’s win, making a firm statement that he isn’t to be overlooked moving forward. In his last two games played, Kendricks has 24 tackles…and that kind of form is crucial if this Eagles team is to continue to thrive.
The Eagles allowed a lot of pressure on Sunday. Wentz may have only been sacked three times, but with the QB holding the ball a little longer, the offensive line leaked pressure all afternoon and struggled to pick up blitzes. Halapoulivaati Vaitai’s return to the starting role wasn’t the rollercoaster many expected, but Lane Johnson struggled and the team allowed veteran Leger Douzable to attain his first two sacks of the year. With Denver just around the corner, things have to change…and fast.
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