DIDN’T I tell you to relax? Last night, the Eagles did enough to let everyone know that WE, PHILADELPHIA, are still the class of the NFC East. To be the man, you have to beat the man. The giants issued a challenge and we said, “Fuck it. You can pick where.” The fight went down in their house, and we used their asses to break every stick of furniture in the joint. Then we lit a cigarette, dropped it on the carpet, and strolled out.
And their fans paid to sit in the rain, and watch that shit! BAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I’m clownin’. What of it?
EAGLES 34 – giants 13
Where do I start? Oh I know! How about 31 rushing attempts to 36 passes? You know what that’s called? Balance! You know what it means? It means that the giants bought our play-action, because they actually had to respect our run game. It means that QB Carson Wentz (26/36 – 72.2% – 278 – 3 – 0), was sacked just once all night. There were times when he had time to stand upright, with his feet FLAT in the pocket, and read the defense. Three touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s what balance means.
RB Wendell Smallwood (18 – 51 – 2.8 – 0 – 1) got the nod and the bulk of the carries, but he was clearly outperformed by RB Corey Clement (11 – 43 – 3.9 – 1 – 0). Not only that but Clement told GM Howie Roseman before the game that the Eagles don’t need to trade for a RB, to which Howie responded with “Make me believe.” We need this guy starting next week. As fans we need to pound the table (tweets, call-in shows, website comments) for him.
WR Alshon Jeffrey (8 – 74 – 9.2 – 2) and TE Zach Ertz (7 – 43 – 6.1 – 1) gave Wentz that inside/outside, pick your poison,scoring combo that made us the best team in the league last regular season. WR Nelson Agholor (3 – 91 – 30.3 – 0) made a heads up play when he practically intercepted a tipped ball, and turned it into a 58 yard catch that set up Ertz’s 10 yard TD.
Today WR Odell Beckham (6 – 44 – 7.3 – 0) is on milk cartons all across the country. So that’s what a 90 million dollar WR looks like? Pffft! Thank goodness we only pay Alshon 52! Hats off to our Secondary for playing solid team concept coverage. They gave the Defensive Front time, to get to QB Eli Manning (24/43 – 55.8% – 281 – 0 – 1). I told you that the D-Line would visit him at least three times, and three linemen (Vaeao, Bennett, and Cox) got to eat last night. OLB L Nigel Bradham (6 – 1 – 0 – 0) also managed to snag himself a sack as well.
I hear you asking, “What about all the stuff that stats don’t reveal?” Well Billy, that’s the reason for these “Four Things” articles. We introduce an idea of what needs addressing BEFORE the game, so that fans have to honestly answer questions about those things, AFTER the game. This helps to get us, and keep us, all on the same page.
So, of the Four Things we were looking for in this last game, what exactly did we see?
1) Dammit, run the fucking ball: We ran the ball 31 times, which established balance and allowed the Offense to flow, instead of fighting against itself. Hopefully this becomes a trend, Doug! DONE
2) Box that boy: The Eagles Secondary did a great job of not allowing Beckham room to roam, and having someone in the area whenever he did get the ball. It forced the giants into a small-ball format, which put handcuffs on their offensive potential, and slowly suffocated them. DONE
3) Play some press: While the Secondary did things to affect the timing and location of receivers, it can’t really be said that we played any true man-press. NOT DONE
4) Air Jordan: In Weeks 4 and 5, WR Jordan Matthews (2 – 26 – 13. 0 – 0) was targeted once. In this game (Week 6) against the giants, he saw 3 targets, for a season-high 2 catches. So he did in fact, see more passes come his way. DONE
This week’s score is a hearty 3 out of 4, bringing the year’s tally to 10 of 24. Next week we get the Panthers. Last year we headed into Carolina with a 4-1 record, yet everyone was looking past us, at the Rams. This year Carolina comes here. We’re 3 – 3 and everyone is looking past us at the Rams. We’re taking on a lot of key injuries again as well.
On The Whole:
Now do you see it? This game was needed less for positioning in the division, and more for our guys to reset and get back to what made them great last year.
No one forgot how to block, or tackle, or cover, or catch or throw. What the team seemed to forget was the ability to enjoy playing. Last night when they got that feeling going, they in no way resembled the team they’ve been for the last three weeks. (They get a pass for the two weeks under QB Nick Foles.)
In this giants game, they looked like Carson’s team. The team that did the Electric Slide last year.
The team that beat the Panthers and the Rams. That dismantled the 49ers, Broncos and Bears. That swept the giants and Redskins, going 5 – 1 in the division by a score of 162 – 109. This is still that team. And we are still the class of the NFC East.