Postgame Report: Eagles vs. Bears

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

Home sweet home, right? The Birds are back at the Linc for the first time in what seems like a decade taking on the Chicago Bears. Currently sitting at .500, the Eagles are trying to string a couple wins together and build some momentum. At the half, the Eagles were up 12-0, and they came out very sloppy in the second half. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:

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Postgame Report: Eagles vs. Bills

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles took a trip to the Bills Mafia to take on the surprise of the AFC, the Buffalo Bills. They're looking to bounce back and get a win to get back to .500. At the half, the Eagles were up, 11-7, and they came out pretty strong in the second half. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: The Running Game

FINALLY!!!! The Eagles are running the football. The Birds rushed for 218 total yards including both Sanders and Howard going for over 60 yards. With the crazy wind that was blowing the Eagles needed to run the ball well and they did, very well. Pederson called more rush plays instead of pass plays and its what fans have been asking for all season. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl, the rush and pass attack were very close. That's what the Eagles need to continue to do. 


Defensive MVP: Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham had a heck of a game. He had two forced fumbles, two tackles for a loss and one sack. Graham was a monster on the defense for the birds and he did it from every spot on the d-line. He played defensive end as well as defensive tackle and was a huge disruption for the Bills offense. 

 


Breakout Stars
  • The Offensive Line- To run the ball for 200+ yards like the Eagles did, the offensive line needs to be elite. Today, the O-line was elite. They led the way for the offensive and created big holes for the Eagles running game. 
  • T.J. Edwards- Edwards is taking over pretty well after the release of Zach Brown. Today, he had five tackles and commanded the defense pretty well. 

 


Highlight Reel
  • Miles Sanders ripped off a 65-yard touchdown for his first NFL touchdown. A huge block by Jordan Howard opened a huge seam for Sanders to break out. 

 

  • Brandon Graham stripped Josh Allen on a QB zone play and proceeded to recover the fumble he forced. Just a monstrous play from BG. 
  • Ronald Darby saved Rodney McLeod on a blown coverage that would've cost them six points. Instead, on the 4th and 10, Darby broke up a Josh Allen pass that forced a turnover on downs. 

Philadelphia Eagles vs Buffalo Bills – October 27, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Buffalo 0 7 6 0
Philadelphia 3 8 13 7

Postgame Report: Eagles vs Cowboys

By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles took a trip back to Jerry's World to take on division foe, Dallas Cowboys. They're looking to grab sole possession at the top of the NFC East. At the half, the Eagles were down, 27-7, and they came out the half very flat and it went down hill from there. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: No One

I hate to give no one an MVP two weeks in a row but our offense looked more like a dumpster fire than a team fighting for the division. Yes, Goedert did have that touchdown but he also had a huge fumble early in the game. The offense never got going and the quick Cowboy linebackers played really well and made it tough for the Eagles to do anything. 


Defensive MVP: Nathan Gerry

Zeke ran all over the Eagles defense and Prescott through the ball all over the place so this week it goes to the leading tackler. Gerry had 11 tackles but no TFL's. Ezekiel Elliot had over 100 yards rushing and without Gerry who knows how much worse it could've been. The defense didn't play well at all but Gerry's nose for the ball gets him this weeks Defensive MVP. 


Breakout Stars
  • Dallas Goedert- Goedert had what might've been the ONLY bright spot for the Eagles offense in his 28-yard touchdown reception and I would like to see him get more involved in the offense.
  • Jalen Mills- Mills played solidly in his first game back. Of course, he was a little rusty and he got missed a play here and there but, he had a nice interception and was a big help in the run game.

 


Highlight Reel
  • Carson Wentz's touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert was a sweet pitch and catch that beat the Cowboys mixed coverage.

 

  • Jalen Mills got an interception in his first game back. It was a pass destined for a touchdown if not for Mills and he made a nice play to highpoint and take the touchback.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys – October 20, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Dallas 14 13 7 10
Philadelphia 7 0 3 0

Postgame Report: Eagles at Vikings

By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles took the trip back to the Super Bowl LII promise land to take on the Minnesota Vikings. They're trying to keep up the momentum they've built over the last few weeks against the Packers and Jets. At the half, the Eagles were down, 24-10, and they came out the half with a little life but quickly went down hill. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: Alshon Jeffery (I Guess)

The Offense never really got going. Sacks, turnovers, and penalties never let the Eagles offense get in a rhythm. If there was one bright spot I guess it was Alshon. finished with 10 catches for 76 yards and that one touchdown that was pretty sweet. Although the offense sputtered, Alshon did have a solid game and deserves some respect for that. 


Defensive MVP: No one

The Eagles defense got torched. To add insult to injury, Eagles linebacker, Zach Brown, called out Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins earlier this week. 

Kirk Cousins went on to throw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns with a 76% completion percentage. Because of this absolute manhandling of the defense, there is no defensive MVP. 


Breakout Stars
  • Andre Dillard- Dillard came in for the injured Jason Peters and played decently. The Vikings defensive line is stout and Dillard held his own in the trenches
  • Hasaan Ridgeway- Ridgeway was one of the few Eagle defenders that came to play and totaled 3 tackles and 2 for a loss.

Highlight Reel
  • Carson Wentz's touchdown pass coming out of the half was a pretty sweet play in which Wentz avoided a few Vikings and found Alshon Jeffery in the end zone.
  • Andrew Sendejo picked off his former team after a drop by Stefan Diggs. A nice moment for Sendejo to have against his former team.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings – October 13, 2019

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4

 

Minnesota  10 14 7 7
Philadelphia 0 10 10 0

Postgame Report: Eagles vs. Jets

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles had ten days to prepare for the Sam Darnold-less New York Jets. They're trying to keep up the momentum they built against the Packers last week in this week's out-of-conference match-up. At the half, the Eagles were ahead, 21-0, and they looked very unimpressive even though they never trailed. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: Carson Wentz

The offense as a whole was not that impressive, but Carson made some incredible plays in the pocket to keep some drives alive. Wentz had two magician-like escapes, one in which he ducked under a defender and fired a bullet to Ertz for a first down. He finished with 189 passing yards and just the one touchdown.


Defensive MVP: Orlando Scandrick

Orlando Scandrick had a monster game today, totaling two sacks, three tackles and a touchdown. On one of those sacks, Scandrick mugged Jets quarterback, Luke Falk, striping the ball away and scampered 44 yards for a touchdown. Scandrick was jobless a week ago and has come up huge in his first game back.


Breakout Stars
  • Nathan Gerry- Gerry had a very solid game today. The line backer-converted-safety had a big interception that he returned for a touchdown and was solid in coverage and in the run game.
  • Zach Ertz- Obviously Ertz is a big time tight end but didn't get his first receiving touchdown until today. Ertz totaled 57 receiving yards on 5 catches and his touchdown.
  • Jim Schwartz- Schwartz's defense was incredible. they totaled 10 sacks and only allowed 128 total yards all game.

Highlight Reel
  • Nathan Gerry's pick six came on a big fourth down in Eagles territory for a 51 yard return.
  • Brandon Graham's three sacks kept the Jets from taking off and set them in tough down and distances on multiple occasions.
  • Zach Ertz's aforementioned touchdown was a huge play going into half time.
  • Scandricks mugging of Luke Falk that was taken back for six was the nail in the coffin for the woeful Jets.

Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets – October 6, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
New York 0 0 0 6
Philadelphia 14 7 3 7

Postgame Report: Eagles vs. Packers

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles had a quick turn around this week against the Green Bay Packers. They head to Lambeau Field on Thursday night to try to get back to .500 on the year. At the half, the Eagles were ahead, 21-20, and the Eagles offense looked very strong in the second half. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard had a phenomenal game for the Birds. He rushed for 87 yards and 28 yards receiving while tacking on a receiving touchdown and two rushing touchdowns. Howard did it all in the backfield and even showed his critics that he has improved on his hands. It was a breakout game for Jordan Howard and a much needed one at that. 


Defensive MVP: Derek Barnett

Although Barnett did have that very ugly play that took Packers running back, Jamaal Williams, out of the game, he did get a huge strip sack that led to a touchdown for Philadelphia. Barnett also tacked on 3 other tackles and got solid pressure on Aaron Rodgers all night. 

 


Breakout Stars
  • Jordan Howard- Like I said before, Howard had his break out game for the Eagles tonight. He could be the "big" back that the Eagles have been looking for. 
  • Rodney McLeod- McLeod has missed a lot of time recently due to injuries, but tonight McLeod played pretty well. McLeod finished with 9 tackles and had great coverage on Jimmy Graham in the corner of the end zone while giving up seven inches to the large tight end. 

Highlight Reel
  • Alshon Jeffery's touchdown a few minutes into the sound quarter was a turning point for the Eagles and got our offense rolling.
  • As stated before, Barnett's strip sack was a huge momentum push for the Eagles. 
  • Nigel Bradham's interception to end the Packer's drive late in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Green Bay Packers – September 27, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Green Bay 7 13 7 0
Philadelphia 0 21 6 7

Postgame Report: Lions vs. Eagles

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles were looking for a bounce back game after dropping their game last week to the Atlanta Falcons. They host the 1-0-1 Detroit Lions in this week 3 match-up. At the half, the Eagles were trailing, 20-10, and the Eagles showed some signs of resilience in the second half, but it wasn't enough. Here's what I saw in the back half of the action:


Offensive MVP: Carson Wentz

This was a tough decision. Miles Sanders led the team in total yards, but he fumbled twice in the same drive, losing one of them. Nelson Agholor has two touchdowns but he also coughed the ball up that led to three points for the Detroit Lions. So by process of elimination the QB gets the nod here


Defensive MVP: Rasul Douglas

Douglas played much better this week after the whole secondary struggled last week.

The young corner had two pass deflections, two tackles for a loss, as well as scooping that blocked field goal attempt and advancing it for a sizable return.


Breakout Stars
  • Rasul Douglas- as stated before Douglas had a very solid day and showed some promise for the struggling secondary.
  • Mack Hollins- Hollins had four catches for 62 yards and, although he had the two offensive pass interference calls against him, he looked solid.

Highlight Reel
  • A blocked field goal by Malcolm Jenkins in the fourth quarter was an enormous play for the Eagles. The Birds squandered that opportunity but if they would've been able to convert, the blocked kick would've been the play of the game.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions – September 22, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Detroit 7 13 0 7
Philadelphia 10 0 7 7

Postgame Report: Falcons vs. Eagles

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles are in the spotlight playing on this fine Sunday night. Atlanta isn't the easiest place to play especially with the amount of points their high flying offense could put up.  At the half, the Eagles were trailing, 10-6, but the Eagles showed signs of life at the end. Here's what I saw in the back half of action:


Game Offensive MVP: Carson Wentz

Although Wentz missed a few plays due to being in concussion protocol, he has been a magician working around in the pocket and making crucial play after crucial play. Wentz rushed for one touchdown and threw for another


Game Defensive MVP: Jim Schwartz

It seemed as though Schwartz defense might be a reason for concern for the Eagles, but Schwartz called a fantastic game. he made some bold calls and they paid off. Yes, the secondary blew some coverages but that is no fault of Schwartz.


Breakout Stars
  • Avonte Maddox was a bright spot in the secondary. he was a consistent tackler and had no major blown coverages.
  • Mack Hollins came in for Desean Jackson and played well. He probably wasn't a "star" but he did his job in relief for Jackson.

Highlight Reel

Philadelphia Eagles vs Atlanta Falcons – September 16, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Philadelphia 0 6 6 8
Washington 3 7 7 7

Postgame Report: Redskins vs. Eagles

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The home opener for the Eagles this year was a shaky one for sure, but a hot second half led the Birds to a 1-0 start for the 2019 campaign. Here's what I saw in the the back half of the game:


Second Half Offensive MVP: DeSean Jackson

Targeted 10 times, Jackson caught eight passes on his way to recording two touchdowns on 154 yards. Not only was he a deep threat, but he made some nice shorter-yardage grabs.


Second Half Defensive MVP: Fletcher Cox

Cox is the leader of the defense and although he didn't record a sack in this one, he managed to put up two tackles (one for loss), a defensed pass and two quarterback hits.


Breakout Stars
  • Miles Sanders. Sanders played well in his NFL debut. He ran the ball well between the tackles and blocked well for a rookie, with at least two plays where he came across the line to prevent a blitzer from hitting Carson Wentz.

Highlight Reel
  • Desean Jackson caught two 50+ yard touchdowns today in his return to Philly. Jackson's play making ability is exactly what Bird's fans have been waiting for.

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles – September 8, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Washington 10 10 0 7
Philadelphia 0 7 14 11

Postgame Report: Eagles vs. Jaguars

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Philadelphia Eagles won a rainy game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars by a score of 24-10. Fellow Sports Talk Philly Contributor, Matt Ryan, covered some of the things that did and didn’t work from the first half. Through the whole game, though, these were my thought on some things that stood out.

The Quarterback Situation:

It seems to be a great decision by Coach Pederson to not play star quarterback, Carson Wentz. Week 1: Nate Sudfeld injures his wrist and is out for six weeks. This week: Cody Kessler gets crushed in the first half and leaves with a concussion with his timetable being unclear as of now. Who does that leave? Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson. Thorson did not throw the ball deep down the field much. Most of his passes were short dump-offs, screens, or quick game patterns. One of the longest passes attempted by an Eagles player was by wide receiver Greg Ward Jr., who through a reverse pass in the second half. The Birds are going to need another quarterback in the meantime and the free agent market could be a quick fix. Sam Bradford is still a free agent and, although a lot of people didn’t love “Sammy Sleeves”, he is still serviceable. Also still available are Josh McCown, Colin Kaepernick and Mark Sanchez if he could be convinced to come out of retirement.

Pederson’s Challenge Success:

Doug Pederson successfully challenged two plays in the second half in two attempts. The first, was a catch made by Carlton Agudosi that was initially called an incomplete pass. The second, the new pass interference challenge. Charles Johnson was being held in the end zone and the pass interference was not initially called. Pederson challenged the call, won the challenge and the Eagles scored on a one-yard run by Josh Adams. If Coach Pederson is willing to throw the challenge flag around without hesitation, that could be very meaningful in key spots down the line this season. The only concern is obviously losing time outs if Pederson gambles and loses.

Too Much Depth?:

The Eagles are DEEP at a few positions and General Manager Howie Roseman is going to have to find a place for all of this talent. At the running back position, seven out of eight of the guys on the roster could be legitimate rotation running backs or returners. With the roster maxing out at probably four running backs, Roseman needs to find a place to either stash these guys or find value for them elsewhere. Similarly, on the defensive line, the Birds have a lot of length and athleticism on the edges. With edge rushers being valued so high in the NFL, Roseman might as well strike while the iron is hot and find some value for guys like Shareef Miller, Eli Harold and preseason stud Daeshon Hall.


Jacksonville Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles – August 15, 2019

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Jacksonville 0 3 0 7
Philadelphia 0 7 7 10