Alrighty, Philadelphia Eagles fans, the Birds can squeak past the Carolina Panthers and return to Philly with a win, with a final score of 21 to 18. As it always seems to be with this team, there were many ups and downs, particularly on offense. However, this team continued to fight and claw back to take this win. Let's be honest; this win belongs to the defense. Let's dive into some takeaways that fans got from this win.
1. Jonathan Gannon's defense answered the call.
After two back-to-back ugly defensive performances, a lot of concern surrounded this team's defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, and rightfully so. Some thought that they face two of the best offenses currently in the league, which holds some weight, but it was also a bad performance from the players.
Credit has to be given in Week 5 for Gannon. He changed the defensive scheme by showing multiple different looks as well as disguising different looks. After a shaky start, the Eagles' defense completely took over the game and was the main reason the Birds even secured this win.
2. Jalen Hurts showed guts in this game.
Let's get this out of the way, and quarterback Jalen Hurts did not play a good game. However, he will get into some people's winner columns because it would've been pretty easy to have checked out of this game, but he dug in and did not stop battling back. When people look at this game, stats are vital, but we have all seen this games like this go sideways, and Hurts did not allow that to happen.
3. Nick Sirianni's game plan and play calling are still a considerable concern.
As stated above, Hurts did not play well, but head coach Nick Sirianni did his offense zero favors in this game. Yes, he called run plays more this week, but it was mostly to help continue to bleed the clock. It is a concern how polar opposites Sirianni has been game planning week to week.
To put this in perspective, Hurts in a high tempo offense is 71% completion, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. In a non-tempo offense, Hurts is 58% completion, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. So it is evident that Hurts, as he was also at Oklahoma, is very successful in a fast-paced tempo offense, so why Sirianni keeps going back to be a form of traditional offense is beyond me.
4. Jalen Reagor is a bust.
As the title suggests, 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor is all but a total bust, and the Eagles were wrong in not selecting Justin Jefferson (who already has two hundred-yard receiving games). His big-play ability seems only to be there when he wants it to be, and that is a terrible trait to have, especially for a player who is far from proven. He just looked pathetic in this game, moving on.
The Eagles have a short week as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this upcoming Thursday. So, for now, Philly fans, enjoy yourself a victory Monday.