EAGLES 21 – Vikings 10
YET again the Eagles defended the nest and took down another so-called top tier team. The two teams combined for 8 turnovers in the game (Eagles 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles lost/Vikings 1 interception, 3 fumbles lost), and neither offense was exactly “en fuego”.
QB Carson Wentz (16/28 – 57.1% – 138 – 1 – 2) struggled mightily as no aspect of the passing game seemed designed to help him. Some questionable Shotgun snapping from C Jason Kelce didn’t help the matter. RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai received enough help to keep him from getting Wentz killed, but still needed more assistance than any legitimate starter should. RB Ryan Matthews (14 – 56 – 4.0 – 0 – 1) was the games leading rusher, but put the ball on the ground for the second time in three weeks. WR Josh Huff (4 – 39 – 9.7 – 0) led the Eagles in receiving yardage. Huff also scored what turned out to be the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter with a 98 yard kickoff return.
We got six sacks from six different players, but the guy who managed to fill the stat sheet was FS Rod McLeod (7 – 1 – 1 – 1) While little will jump off the page statistically, the Birds played a very solid team concept yesterday. Our DE’s kept contain, and elected to force the Vikings into bad situations and poor decisions instead of freelancing to make the play. The result wasn’t flashy, but it was on the whole a suffocation performance.
Did you notice?
Wentz yelling at Kelce after the second bad snap, and the camaraderie blooming between MLB Jordan Hicks and OLB Nigel Bradham.