The Eagles fell just short of the mark in a heroic comeback bid against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but what did we learn? It’s time to take a closer look at each positional group before we look forward to preparations for a short week.
What Carson Wentz did in the fourth quarter yesterday is something that very few quarterbacks could. Against an elite defense, who forced a bodge-job offensive line to give up 16 hits and 6 sacks, Wentz pushed the offense to 22 points in the final stanza in the ultimate quarter of ‘YOLO’ ball. He wasn’t perfect, but this was very much a performance to silence the doubters and galvanize a locker room. The toughness and heart are unquestioned.
It was also really encouraging to see more from Jalen Hurts. The Eagles offense really thrived when he was on the field, amassing over 100 yards and playing a part in the huge 74-yard breakoff Miles Sanders touchdown run.
The duo of Wentz and Hurts did just about everything they could’ve done to put their team in a position to win yesterday.
Miles Sanders once again showed how lethal he can be in open space, but those flashes in the pan are all we’re going to see so long as the offensive line continues to be comprised of players with minimal NFL experience behind them. Boston Scott remains ineffective but it doesn’t help that the Eagles are constantly getting away from the run due to sluggish starts offensively and early deficits. It’s hard to really grade them as a result.
Yeah, not great. Wentz is on pace to be sacked 66 times this season, which is a ridiculously high number. With injuries ripping through the group, Wentz has taken 5+ sacks in back-to-back games, which hasn’t happened to an Eagles QB since 2001.
Jamon Brown gave up 2 sacks, 4 hits, 3 hurries and 9 pressures, according to PFF. By himself.
Brett Toth got his first taste of NFL action and was immediately bulldozed by Marlon Humphrey.
The Eagles might need to bring in some help soon, because this is getting terrifyingly bad.
Zach Ertz put up 33 yards before being pulled from the game with an injury in a game that saw a definite step forward, and a debatable step back. Ertz still doesn’t look ‘right’ and that’s bad news for an offense that should be leaning on him now more than ever.
Instead, Richard Rodgers made us to this…
And Jason Croom became the latest practice squad hero to steal our hearts by hauling in a touchdown pass. How could we discredit such a heartwarming moment?
Travis Fulgham took a while to get going, but chalk on another 6 receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown. That’s touchdowns in 3 consecutive weeks for the Fulg Meister General for those counting at home.
John Hightower had a soul-crushing drop early in the matchup and (kinda) redeemed himself later on with a (wide open) 50-yard reception.
Greg Ward Jr. took his next step in the journey to becoming a bonafide star by making a saucy toe-drag catch in a clutch moment…and even JJAW scored a touchdown…somehow.
All things considered, not a bad day at the office at all.