Halftime analysis: Eagles lead Vikings 24-7 after dominant display from Foles

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The Eagles go into halftime with a ( ) lead over the Minnesota Vikings. The first half was everything the Eagles hoped it would be: Dominant defensively and productive offensively. Here are some quick takeaways at the half.

 

Nick Folean dynamite:
Foles burst out of the gate in the first half, leading the Eagles offense as he did in his first game as the starter against New York. Going 14/21 and averaging 9.5 yards per attempt, Foles sluing a beautiful shot to Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter to move their lead up to 14. Foles has been surgical throughout, making tough throws and standing strong in the pocket. This is exactly what the Eagles have needed form Foles. Nearly 200 yards going into halftime? Foles could not be playing any better.

 

Complacency ironed out early:
The opening drive consisted of a Torrey Smith drop and a lack of spatial awareness from Trey Burton. After that, things heated up really, really fast. The Eagles had a six play drive and then went on to score a beautiful touchdown with just over a minute to go. Signed, sealed, delivered, this Eagles team are rolling and are only getting hotter.

 

Robinson’s moment in the sun:
Patrick Robinson has enjoyed a brilliant season in Midnight Green, but it was topped off with a beautiful interception that he proceeded to take to the house. Directing traffic and patiently weaving his way through, Robinson burst into the end zone for six, likely earning himself a big payday.

 

Barnett’s brilliance helps D-Line dominate:
A strip sack for the rookie defensive end caps off a rookie season that has been nothing short of impressive. The defensive end turned on his relentless motor this evening and helped push the Eagles elevate to the next level. Chris Long’s pressure was behind the Keenum interception and Fletcher Cox has been nothing short of fantastic.

 

Play-calling:
The Eagles are running at the right times and passing it with precision. The timing routes designed to get separation are doing exactly that, keeping things simple for Nick Foles. On defense, it’s a ‘bend but don’t break’ situation. The Eagles are playing a lot of off coverage in order to contain the likes of Steffon Diggs, keeping everything ahead of them. Sure, there may be some big plays given up, but none more than 11 yards outside of the Kyle Rudolph touchdown pass. Impressive.

 

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