Well, that ended up being a nail biter. Jake Elliott just became an instant Philly legend with a 61-yarder as time expired. The Eagles came into this game with a different gameplan and it looked promising. The only problem is that they were getting the yardage but not as much points as they could’ve. Now as the Eagles were finally able to run, Carson Wentz had some trouble finding the open receiver and doing much. The defense also had yet another rough fourth quarter after three solid bending but not breaking quarters. All in all, the Eagles were able to come out with the 27-24 win.
Broncos come up short against the Bills
This unit had a troubling opening as they started with two three-and-outs. Both of those included a sack and not much running. Doug Pederson then finally decided to run more on the Eagles third offensive drive of the game as they gathered 55 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on that drive. LeGarrette Blount finally came out of his shell and did the most he could with the carries that he supplied with. Blount ended up with 67 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown. Wendell Smallwood, who had a very disappointing first two games, took his 12 carries for 71 yards. Corey Clement also got some action as he gained 22 yards on six carries with his very first NFL touchdown. This group all together rushed for a total of 193 yards on 39 carries for two touchdowns. The line had great run blocking. Doug used a rotation at left guard with Stephen Wisniewski and Chance Warmack. Wisniewski performed much better and should keep a hold on to the job until further notice. This is just the game on the ground the Eagles needed. It did come with a downfall though. Carson Wentz had some trouble finding some open receivers as they had trouble getting separation against the Giants great secondary. He only threw for 176 yards with a touchdown while completing 21 of 31 passes. Alshon Jeffery did have an okay game with 56 yards but it could’ve been way more if Wentz hit him on a wide open deep ball that would’ve been an easy touchdown. Zach Ertz also continued his strong season as he had eight receptions for 55 yards. Ertz also actually visited the end zone for once, finally. Wentz also got sacked three times as the offensive line had some trouble throughout the game. One thing that the Eagles excelled at for the first two games of the season was the ability to convert on third down. Unfortunately, the Eagles had a lot of trouble doing that today as the Eagles had a third down percentage of 35 percent compared to the first two games which they had a percentage over 50 percent. With all the running the Eagles did today they were able to hold the ball for over 37 minutes. The Eagles ultimately finished with 352 yards as the running game was main contributor to the yards gained. Doug Pederson is going to get bashed for his gutsy call on fourth-and-eighth at midfield which ended up in a sack. Now was it the greatest call ever? Not at all. I do think it was the right call though as Pederson showed faith in his defense. A punt would’ve most likely not done much anyways. Pederson would also look like a genius if he converted it, so he doesn’t deserve the hate he is going to get. The only Eagles turnover was a fumble by Zach Ertz which really changed the momentum of the game at the time. Eagles get the Chargers and their great, young pass rushers next week.
This Eagles defense didn’t have the easiest of times against this porous Giants offense. The Eagles held the Giants scoreless until the dreaded fourth quarter. The Giants couldn’t run at all but were able to pass on the Eagles secondary. Jim Schwartz decided to play off coverage constantly and it really hurt them in the fourth quarter. Eli Manning played like an MVP in the fourth quarter with great accuracy and poise. All he had to throw were quick short routes that the receiver then did the rest of the work. Eli threw all three of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter after just throwing two picks in the first three. Eli threw his interceptions to Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas. That was Robinson’s first Eagles pick and Douglas’ first pick in the NFL in his first ever start. Manning also has one of the best wide receivers in football right now, Odell Beckham Jr. He can just throw it anywhere in Beckham Jr.’s vicinity and chances are Odell will come down with it. Odell had two amazing touchdowns and 79 yards on the day. Eagles most surprisingly didn’t record a sack against the Giants lackluster line. That is also in most part to Schwartz playing too conservative as Eli only needed a second to throw it most of the time, he really limited the potential of the defense in this game. The Giants were able to score 20+ points for the first time in seven games, which they did in one quarter. The Eagles did lose a couple of key starters today though. Jordan Hicks was forced to exit the game early because of an ankle injury and Fletcher Cox left with a groin injury. Hopefully they were just minor injuries and these two will be out on the field next Sunday to verse the Chargers. Jim Schwartz and company will look to fix some things up before next week’s tough matchup of Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers potent offense. Now it hasn’t looked quite potent this year but it definitely can be.
Eagles Special Teams
Jake Elliott deserves a statue and a key to this city. He did some Adam Vinatieri type stuff out there today to help the Eagles catch the win. Elliott might’ve missed a 52 yarder but boy, that man redeemed himself. Elliott hit two crucial field goals in the last two minutes to tie and win the game. The one to tie was from 42 yards. The one to win though was from a long ways out, 61 yards. Not many thought he would make it but he did and made Philly go wild. The most famous Philadelphia sports player right now, Joel Embiid, had a great celebration. Hopefully he didn’t hurt himself anymore than what he is. The Eagles special teams took a huge hit as they lost pro bowl returner, Darren Sproles. Sproles broke his arm on a run and is expected to be out indefinitely. A big reason the Eagles were able to kick that 61 yarder is because Brad Wing completely botched an important punt with under a minute left in the game. Both of these units were playing neck and neck until the end.
This game was a team win by the Eagles. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins but nevertheless it was a win. This improves the Eagles to 2-1 with both wins coming within the division and the Giants are digging themselves a grave as they fall to 0-3. Eagles will look to finish more and play better defense next week against a struggling Chargers team in LA. #FlyEaglesFly