Instant analysis: Eagles overthrow Packers in Thursday Night Thriller

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This game had it all. Extreme highs, worrying lows, and three Jordan Howard touchdowns. The Eagles marched into Wisconsin needing a win. Nothing else would suffice against an unbeaten Packers team…but that’s exactly what they did.

FINALLY…

Well, it took three games to make the move, but Jordan Howard was finally the man at the forefront of the Eagles rushing attack and it paid off in a big way.

The former Chicago Bear scored three touchdowns on the night, as well as accounting for 87 rushing yards and 28 through the air. Howard was patient, efficient, and averaged a whopping 5.8 yards per carry. Miles Sanders flashed excellence too, but this had to be the night of the man I shall from this day forth call – ‘the Tumbling Tower of Terror’.

Something rhyming with Ralen Jamsey?

Avonte Maddox was stretchered off the field in the final moments of the game after enduring a horrifying collision with Andrew Sendejo. Before we get into any analysis, I just want to take a moment to send my thoughts and prayers to Avonte and his family in what must be a truly scary time.

Sidney Jones also went down earlier on in the game and that left just Rasul Douglas and…Craig James as the team’s only corners. James did tip the interception that sealed the win, but if there was ever going to be an argument to trade for Jalen Ramsey, it’s now.

Davante Adams had 180-yards tonight and the majority of those came in an unstoppable first half. The Eagles need help…badly. Is there finally too much pointing toward a trade to say no?

Offensive line was incredible

I don’t know what changed. Maybe it was a scolding after last week’s atrocious performance, or perhaps it was just a case of finally getting settled. Either way, the offensive line was remarkable.

Not only did they part the Red Sea again and again for the Birds’ running backs, but Carson Wentz wasn’t sacked at all. Not once. He was hit twice…throughout the entire game.

Overall, the offensive front was a huge catalyst in the Eagles’ ability to balance the offense and sustain drives.

Discipline

Sure, the Eagles gave up 8 penalties (just one short of a Pavelow killstreak I’ll have you know.), but there were no turnovers. None at all. Coming off of a week where there were 7 drops and 3 fumbles, the Eagles really tightened up in terms of discipline this week.

Carson Wentz was great (as expected) in taking what the defense gave him and this new-found confidence echoed throughout the team.

The party aint over yet…

This was a much-needed win for the Eagles. Over the next month, they’ll face the Jets, Vikings, Bears, Cowboys, and Bills. It’s a tough slate, but a loss here could’ve completely demoralized the team. Instead, they head into an extended break with a much-needed injection of confidence and belief that even with injuries, they can beat anyone on their day, just as they did tonight.

The show goes on.

Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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