The Eagles lead 2-0 after beating the Vikings well. Time to hand over some winners, losers and IDK.
undefeated. see, 1972 dolphin,
Can’t possibly say enough good things about the Hearts’ performance on Monday night. His Week 1 outing wasn’t bad by any means, but it made me want to see more. To his credit, Hurts delivered in a way that exceeded expectations.
His final stat line: 26/31 (83.9% perfection), 333 yards (10.7 average), 1 TD, 1 INT (not his fault as the ball bounced off Kenneth Gainwell’s hands), 108.7 passer rating. 11 carries for 57 yards and 2 rush TD. So, an offense of 390 yards and 21 points.
Speaking after the game, Nick Siriani said Hearts was in “complete control”. It is impossible to argue otherwise.
Sadness did it all.
As a passerby, he was incredibly prepared. He knew where to go with the ball and got there again and again with breathtaking accuracy. He worked at all levels of the field and was particularly good at the middle throw, which was his last weakness. Really you couldn’t have asked for much more than that. Even his imperfections were good! case in point:
Hurts also rolled a genuinely impressive throw to his left, hitting Quays Watkins over the edge, only to be wiped out by a holding penalty.
As a runner, Hurts often picked up his spots well as opposed to relying on his feet. His 26-yard touchdown scramble on third and second was incredibly impressive. He could have easily run out of bounds but saw a weakness and attacked it, fighting through contact and propelling the ball over the goal line to score.
Monday night Hurts left no doubt. He looked like a franchise quarterback that the Eagles would be more than happy to sign a long-term contract extension soon after this season.
Beyond that, though, he seemed like an NFL MVP candidate out there. It was a needle-wielding display that raises the Eagles’ roof until it’s legit Super Bowl claimant
Quite exciting stuff!
Jalen injured in third place against Vikings
5/5 passing for 52 yards, 3 first downs
5 runs for 50 yards, 2 first downs, 1 TD
1 sack taken#Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gouton (@BrandonGowton) September 20, 2022
Jalen Harts is only the 7th QB to have at least 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 1 passing touchdown and 2 rushing touchdowns in a game.
Jalen Hurts did it with an 83% completion percentage pic.twitter.com/D8adAsUAGE
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 20, 2022
NFL leaders entering Week 3 in dropback per EPA:
1. Josh Allen (0.45)
2. Patrick Mahomes (0.42)
3. Jalen Hurts (0.38)
—Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) September 20, 2022
Slay went up against arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL… and absolutely nailed him.
Jefferson was shot 12 times and had only six receptions for 48 yards (11’s long). 8.0 yards per reception is the second lowest mark of his career for Jefferson. The only game that got worse for him was when he was at 7.7 in week 5 of his rookie season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Slay was hit eight times and was responsible for only two receptions that went for 19 yards. Slay took two picks and he could have picked at least one or two more with better hands.
Slay being able to ditch a top receiver like this is a big deal.
Darius Slay had more interceptions (2) than allowed reception (1) to Justin Jefferson on 5 goals as the closest defender.
– Next Generation Stats (@NextGenStats) September 20, 2022
Are we sure Gannon hasn’t returned to Minnesota’s coaching staff to coordinate the Vikings’ defense in this game?! Because the numbers that Hurts put out look similar to the performances Gannon’s defense previously allowed.
Jokes aside, for the first time since being hired by the Eagles, Gannon didn’t cut off a non-terrible quarterback! While this may not erase all doubts about him, it was a step in the right direction.
Gannon became more aggressive against the Vikings and, hey, you know what? It works better than sitting idle over and over again!
Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon blitzed Kirk Cousins 10 times, up from 6 last week.
Cousins faced pressure at a 22 percent dropback, the 8th highest in Week 2.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 20, 2022
Nick Siriani/Shane Sticks
Lumping head coach and offensive coordinator together here. He oversaw a skilful performance that featured the highest passing yardage (hence, waste time not increased by production) in a win during his Eagles tenure. In the highlights, Quiz Watkins was left wide open for a touchdown.
It is fair to wonder whether the offense was a bit conservative in the second half, with the Eagles scoring zero points on their last four drives. However, the good clearly outweighed the bad.
Goedert took the lead in receiving the Eagles, catching five of his six goals for 82 yards. He currently has 17.8 yards per reception this season, which ranks 15th among all NFL players. He is second only to Ian Thomas, who is on 22.0 from only three catches while Goedert has eight. Goedert is a very efficient target.
In addition to his pass-catching skills, Goedert acted as a blocker. He threatened All-Pro safety Harrison Smith directly to pave the way for the Hearts’ 26-yard rushing touchdown.
It was astonishing when Devonta saw the first goal of the game. The Eagles knew they had to include him more after a zero catch performance in Week 1. Smith caught all seven of his goals for 80 yards. He was a reliable chain-mover in the middle of the field, picking up the first five downs. After last week no one should have seriously worried about Devonta…
It was nice to see Quez getting involved even after not seeing a goal in 1 week. Watkins’ touchdown was apparently aided by a coverage blowout by the Vikings. Two and one score for 69 is a good day at the office when you’re not the top three goalscorer on the team. This is the role of Watkins. He’s not going to watch the volume, as he’ll have opportunities to make a big play or two.
Although a quiet game compared to his 155 yards performance from the first week, Brown had a decent game with five catches for 69 yards. He logged two first down receptions. His presence undoubtedly opened up opportunities for his fellow pass-catchers.
Unless something goes wrong, he’s not going to be a volume producer. But Pascal is a quietly high-profit contributor. He had his big third down conversion in Detroit last week and he had another conversion on the Eagles’ first drive in the game. Pascal is a good complement player. The danger it provides in these situations means that defense may not be the only key to massive stars.
Edwards was very active and the box score reflects with a team-high 10 tackles (seven singles), a tackle for a loss, a pass deflection (to force a punt), and a quarterback hit. The Eagles’ top linebacker had a good game.
Maddox logged the fourth interception of his career and the first time since October 2021. The pick came at a crucial time, seeing the Vikings had blocked a field goal to return to the Eagles’ 30-yard line. Maddox prevented Minnie from making at least two possession games late in the third quarter.
The sweat generated a team-high four haste. He also logged three TFLs. Sweat ended the game by sacking Cousins in the final game.
Cox’s strip-sack turned third and 10 into fourth and 22. It’s good to see Cox impress the quarterback more than once. Cox already had 1.5 sacks this season, two shy of last year’s total. Cox didn’t hit the 1.5 sack mark last season until the end of December.
As you can tell, I’m feeling generous with the winners this week. And why not after that kind of good performance? But when Slay made headlines, Bradberry was quietly good. The Cousins had a 65.4 passer rating when targeting Bradberry, per PFF.
I felt that as a pass-catcher, he missed a few chances to break the tackle. And one such moment was partly because he tossed the catch instead of making it clean.
As a sprinter, however, he had 17 carries for an 80 yards (4.7) average. Under-the-radar performance with full focus on hearts and passing options.
Sipos saved seven points while chasing Chris Boyd to prevent a touchdown on the Eagles’ blocked field goal. I can’t imagine every batsman is capable of doing that tackle.
I feel full of all the crows that Rosman has fed me to doubt her. Kudos to the Eagles general manager for producing another contender.
Can’t imagine rooting for him as the starting quarterback of his favorite team. He’s not the worst QB in the NFL… but he is the worst QB. he really is the best Quarterback Purification Quarterback
I legitimately wanted to change my game prediction from a Vikings win to an Eagles win after I saw this before kickoff:
#sourceIf the Vikings win, don’t miss Justin Jefferson at tonight’s postgame press conference.
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) September 19, 2022
Meanwhile and amidst his comments about being happy the Eagles didn’t draft him, the vibes weren’t working in his favor. Jefferson ended up writing the check that he couldn’t cash.
So much for “revenge” on his former team.
Slay had more catches (2 to 1) and catch-related yards (19 to 7) than Rigor in this game.
The 2023 seventh-round pick to the Eagles and the 2024 fifth-round pick (which could potentially become the fourth) from the Vikings had a heist in the reorg trade.
For all the good things the Eagles do, this is a clear area where they need to improve. The Birds (18) are the second most penalized NFL team during two weeks, behind only Denver Broncos (25).
The Eagles had four penalties on their first four drives against the Vikings. He is often called upon to have an offensive lineman far away from the field. While referees may make that call a little too harshly, it is up to the Eagles to do more on their end to make sure they don’t shoot themselves in the foot.
The Eagles had a field goal blocked.
The Vikings also clearly weren’t intimidated by the Eagles’ kick return game, given their use of mortar kicks. Quez Watkins made two returns for 13 yards. Although not entirely his fault, I still fail to see how he is their best option out there. Britain should see Covey in that capacity. Of course, it’s not like Covey lit it this week as a punt returner.
CJGJ was rated as the Eagles’ worst defender by the PFF last week. He classified this week as his second worst defender (above only Patrick Johnson).
After missing several tackles in Detroit, CJGJ only had one this time. So, progress?
CJGJ appears to be guilty of allowing Irv Smith Jr. to have a deep touchdown if the tight end had not dropped the pass. If that mistake is not made, the Vikings have 14 points at halftime.
Again, the CJGJ deserves some level of patience to adjust to a new position on short notice. Opposing teams will not be as forgiving and may try to target them.
The Eagles will expect to see improvement as the season progresses.