THE game wasn’t always pretty, but the Eagles did what was needed and convincingly put away the awful (professional?) football team that was placed on the schedule. For his part, rookie QB Carson Wentz (22 – 37 – 59% – 278 – 2 – 0) remained poised and didn’t try to do too much out there. That helped limit his mistakes to near zero.
What also helped was his supporting cast. RB Ryan Matthews (22 – 77 – 3.5 – 1 – 0) wasn’t a beast, but he was steady and did a good job of setting up manageable 3rd downs, which again helped keep Wentz from being overwhelmed. For as much as some people made of our WR’s not being able to get open, WR’s Jordan Matthews (7 – 114 – 16.2 – 1 – 0) and Nelson Agholor (4 – 57 – 14.2 – 1 – 0) looked like legit NFL wide outs. Matthews even looks like he might be about to break out this year. (Didn’t someone say that this Spring? I wonder who ME could be…)
While I’m on the subject of Offense, this unsettled thing hanging over RT Lane Johnson‘s head is bullshit. Either he used banned substances or he didn’t. So either suspend him early, or stop dragging it out where it could hurt us in the playoffs.
Our Defense was somewhat of a disappointment. After being stifling vs the run for 4 straight weeks, we gave up 120 yards on the ground for an average tote of 5.7 yards. This was against the Browns, of all teams! That doesn’t bode well for the future.
We notched 3 sacks of Browns QB Robert Griffin (12 – 26 – 46% – 190 – 0 – 1), by three different players, but the stats don’t tell the whole story. In the first half Bobby G operated from the pocket with impunity. Our four man rush just didn’t seem able to reach or pressure him. I’m not sure what Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz said to his D-line at half-time, but next week he needs to say it right after the National Anthem.
DT Fletcher Cox (4 – 1 – 0 – 0) got his season started with a sack, as did DE’s Connor Barwin (2 – 1 – 0 – 0) and Brandon Graham (2 – 1 – 0 – 1) . The safety we scored in the 3rd quarter came courtesy of Graham chasing down GBob, after a bad snap ended up in the end zone.
FS Rodney McLeod (4 – 0 – 1 – 0) grabbed the team’s first turnover of the year with an interception off of a tipped pass. While passing stats will lead you to think the Secondary handled business, the coverage could have been tighter out there. While they weren’t helped by RG Number having 4, 5 and 6 seconds to throw, the coverage could have been tighter.
Hey, did you notice:
Terrelle Pryor had PRYOR SR on the back of his jersey. Really guy? Your son is 2, and you’re 27. Are you truly concerned that we’ll confuse you with with him?