Eagles' ups and downs from a Week 3 divisional win.
All right, Philly fans, our beloved Philadelphia Eagles traveled in Week 3 down I-95 to face their divisional rival, the Washington Commanders. After a slow start by the offense, the Eagles quickly found their rhythm and put up 24 points on the Commanders, while the defense was able to almost shut out Washington.
It's something to think about as the Birds are currently sitting undefeated with a 3-0. However, with many bright spots of this game, some stock-down moments made you scratch your head. Ultimately this game should've been an absolute blowout, but either way, Philly rolls onto Week 4 as winners.
Okay, let's go over whose stock rose and whose stock fell.
1. The defensive front.
After the defensive front started to catch some momentum last week, they rolled into this divisional game and put the hurt on Carson Wentz and company. This line had a field day with nine total sacks, including Brandon Graham coming up with 2.5 and the rookie Jordan Davis getting his first sack in the pros.
2. WR 1 and WR 1a.
There was some concern after second-year wide receiver DeVonta Smith did not have any catches after Week 1. Well, we can tuck that worry away as the 'slim reaper' had 169 total yards and a touchdown. Teammate AJ Brown also had 85 yards, and a touchdown followed closely. Honestly, it is a sight of beauty.
3. Jalen Hurts
After an electric performance last week, Hurts' started slow, completing only 1 of 5. Almost in a blink of an eye, he finished the game with 22/35 (62.8%), three touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a passer rating of 123.5. Washington did a great job slowing this formidable Philly rushing attack, but that did not matter to QB1. He continued to stay calm and delivered strike after strike.
Because this is two weeks in a row, his defense was dominant, and he let Haasan Reddick consistently rush the passer!
5. Howie Roseman
As fans of this team, we have given Howie the business in the past for his poor draft choices and questionable signings. However, credit has to be given to the GM. He has drafted and signed an imposing roster. I have been doing this and watching this team for a long, long time and this is one of the best rosters I have seen of any team in a long time.
All in one off-season.
1. Shane Steichen
The Eagles' second-year offensive coordinator is also having himself a season as a play-caller, but the second half of this game went completely cold for this offense. Many questionable plays were called in the second half, and we all saw QB1 getting frustrated at times. For example, the Boston Scott safety, what in the world was he doing lined up at the back of the end zone? Why was that play even called?
A much better week for penalties, but this team still had extremely painful penalties that instead kept a drive alive or killed it—still, a lot to clean up.
3. Defensive back depth
The Eagles have a bit of an issue regarding depth at the defensive back position. Most Philly fans worried about who they would have headed into the season with, and we saw that concern become a reality in Week 3. After Darius Slay was taken out of the game and Zech McPhearson came in, there was a clear drop off from ability. With that drop off of ability, McPhearson became a liability.
4. Special Teams
This team has to search deep and find a good option for kick and punt returns. Britain Covey is a nice story, but he is not contributing much to help the Birds out as far as field position goes.