Of all the victories this season, a 51-23 crushing of the Denver Broncos is certainly the most vindicating for the Philadelphia Eagles. The league’s #1 ranked Defense heading into this game was supposed to be the equalizer to the most complete team in the NFL…and when news broke that Zach Ertz would be sidelined, momentum began to swing. As soon as the game kicked off however, it soon swung back into the favor of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wentz bounces back:
Four touchdown passes against one of the most aggressive secondaries in the league? Not a bad outing for a second-year quarterback. Carson Wentz was surgical on Sunday, completing 55% of his passes and not turning the ball over once. A new-found touch on the deep ball was on show and his command of the offense helped draw plenty of offside penalties. Wentz gets better each and every week.
The star who shined brightest:
There was one player who really shined on Sunday afternoon, and that man was undrafted running back Corey Clement. The Wisconsin product ended his day with more carries than any other Eagles running back, totaling 51 yards and a combined 3 TOUCHDOWNS. The Eagles backfield was just lethal, with the combination of Ajayi, Blount and Clement dictating the pace of the game before Smallwood put the nail in the coffin. Denver has struggled against the run in the past, and the Eagles punished every last lapse today, putting up 197 yards on the ground, marking their eighth consecutive game of 100 rushing yards or more.
Offensive line dominance:
This simply cannot go unnoticed. Halapoulivaati Vaitai? Brilliant. Jason Kelce? Form of his life? Brandon Brooks? Ruthless. Lane Johnson? A little banged up, but otherwise faultless. Stefen Wisniewski? Wizard-like. The Eagles offensive front kept Wentz upright all afternoon, allowing just 1 sack and 2 QB hits against an esteemed pass rush that included Von Miller. Whether it’s the cleanliness of the pocket or the sheer openness of the running-lanes, this Eagles offensive line was remarkable against the league’s toughest defense and helped pave the way for the 51 point romp.
Your number one wide receiver:
It may have taken a while, but Alshon Jeffery looks the part of a number one wide receiver. Leading the team in receiving once again, Jeffery totaled 84 yards and two touchdowns. It must be terrifying for other teams to see Wentz and Jeffery clicking into place at this stage of the season…
The most complete team in the NFL:
Many have been hesitant to herald the Eagles as the best team in the NFL, but they’re certainly the most complete. It doesn’t matter how many injuries they are faced with, or phantom flags, or controversy…this team just keeps pounding. Every week the Eagles look to be on the brink of losing what is now heir seven-game win streak due to unforeseen circumstances, and every week they leave the world breathless. Putting up 51 points on the BRONCOS? What more does this team need to do to earn some respect?!
Have you EVER seen something like this?
I don’t think there has ever been a team or an era of excitement quite like this in Philadelphia history. A franchise quarterback who has thrown 23 touchdowns in 8 games. A backfield that is now loaded with talent and explosiveness. A secondary playing with swagger. It doesn’t matter what area of the team you decide to dissect, there is just no Achilles heel. This Eagles team continues to defy expectations week after week and fill the hearts of fans everywhere with hope. Hope that this may be the year.
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