By Roxy Herrera // @roxaaneh
FINAL: Eagles – 27; Giants 24
Head coach Doug Pederson must have seen the pictures floating around social media this past week because fans were not happy with the lack of running plays that Pederson has been using. We have, arguably, two of the best running backs in LeGarette Blount and Darren Sproles, but they hadn’t touched much of the ball the first two games and Eagles fans were understandably upset so they picketed outside the practice field with signs that read “Run the Ball” and somehow word must have gotten through to the coaches because we finally saw a lot of the running game…but the Eagles wouldn’t be the Eagles without some (very avoidable) mistakes.
Nothing against the New York Giants, but there was no way the Eagles should have let them catch up, only to then take the lead after a lost fumble by tight end Zach Ertz. The appearances by the RBs proved that they are a force to reckoned with. Blount bulldozed through the Giants’ defense and racked up 67 yards, behind smaller RB Wendell Smallwood helped bringing in 71 yards. Speaking of small RBs, veteran player Darren Sproles suffered a couple nasty injuries during Sunday’s game; he tore his ACL and broke his arm resulting in him being out for the remainder of the year. His presence on the field will definitely be missed.
Philadelphia’s offense is beginning to become a cohesive unit and it is showing. It’s not easy for any team to have more than one talented wide receiver but the Eagles are managing to seamlessly share the ball between Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith. Quarterback Carson Wentz totaled 176 yards and completed 21 of 31 pass attempts with one touchdown. There are still areas that need improvement, however. Our offensive line can do better in protecting Wentz, but I think the QB does a good job in escaping potential sacks.
On defense, two key players left the game in the first half with injuries. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks are considered day to day, but I think I speak for all fans when I say they should get as much rest as possible. It’s still early enough in the season where missing a game or two won’t hurt as long as they get healthy first to be ready for the second half where games get tougher.
But what made the game worth the mistakes and lifted the spirits on the injured players was the amazing last second 61-yard field goal by rookie kicker Jake Elliott. He missed a previous field goal attempt earlier but 100% made up for it and was ever so graciously lifted off the field by his teammates. One would have thought it was a Super Bowl win, but it was nice seeing the Eagles come together in support of the rookie.
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