EAGLES 29 – Jaguars 21
Categories include an EXCLUSIVE weekly Offensive Line Report (Rushing TD’s (6 points) + 3rd downs converted by handoffs (1 point) + sacks allowed (-2 points) = score); as well as Drive Killer (Int – FR – 4th down Tackles – FF – TD).
New Category Ace is for Kick return TD’s, Returners run-down, kicks blocked, etc.
Passing : (S) QB Jalen Hurts (16/25 – 64.0% – 204 – 0 – 1)
Rushing : (S) RB Miles Sanders (27 – 134 – 4.9 – 2 – 0)
Receiving :(S) WR A.J. Brown (7 – 5 – 95 – 19.0 – 0)
Offensive Line Report/Enforcer : (4 + 1 – 2 = 21) / (S) C Jason Kelce
Drive Killer : (S) OLB Hassan Reddick (0 – 2 – 0 – 2 – 0)
Sack Leader : (S) OLB Hassan Reddick (4 – 2.0 – 0 – 2)
Ace : (S) K Jake Elliott (Nominated for an Oscar after roughing penalty)
I hear you asking, “What about all the stuff that stats don’t reveal?” Well, that’s the reason for these Four Things articles. It’s to point out what we need to address BEFORE the game. Then AFTER the game, there’s a no-bullshit assessment of whether or not the Eagles did any of what they needed to do, to ensure the win.
So how much of what I mentioned in Four Things: Jaguars did the Eagles actually get around to doing? Well let’s see:
1) Man Up: Despite injuries, to CB Darius Slay (no stats) and NB Avonte Maddox (DNP), the Eagles Secondary stayed in the faces of Jacksonville’s receivers. QB Trevor Lawrence (11/23 – 47.8% – 174 – 2 – 1) didn’t have anywhere quick to deliver the ball, so he had to hold onto it. That gave time for Eagles defenders to harass him, sacking him 3 times, and getting him to lose 4 fumbles. That’s not a typo. FOUR fumbles.
As a result of the coverage, the QB was forced into 5 turnovers, and their 72M$ Slot WR Christian Kirk (9 – 2 – 60 – 30.0 – 0) was exposed as an overpriced sham. On one play Lawrence stared down Kirk, and CB James Bradberry (2 – 0.0 – 1 – 0) flashed in between them, snatching the ball out of the air, in absolute defiance of the wet conditions. (DONE)
2) Box Them In: When I wrote this, I didn’t think condition would be as wet as they ended up being, so this worked so much better than I expected it to. Their RB’s were held to 16 yards on 16 carries (3.8 ypc). They had some early success down the middle, but once cleats started to chop up the ground, things settled down.
Let me explain “chop”. Early on, the field is whole and the grass can be slick. However, with each possession, the ground gets a little more torn (chopped) up. So you can put your feet in the chop, and get more purchase as the game goes on. Their interior o-line isn’t as strong as our DT’s, so when the slick grass was gone, the advantage that they had at the snap, evaporated. We did a better job of understand the ground. (DONE)
3) The Kerrigan Plan: We started out working it, and it helped us get back into the game, as TE Dallas Goedert (6 – 5 – 72 – 14.4 – 0) caught several balls in the Flat or on TE Screens. RB Miles Sanders (3 – 2 – 22 – 11.0 – 0) caught balls in the same area. As conditions grew worse though, the emphasis was wisely shifted to the run.
Interestingly, QB Jalen Hurts threw three passes to WR A.J. Brown. It was the same route off the right side, essentially a Post route, right under the Safety. They completed all three times for good yardage, but I started to think they were going to that well to often. That however, was a new wrinkle taking advantage of those vacated OLB areas. It’ll be interesting to see how that works in better weather. (DONE)
4) Run in the Second Half: We started the second half like we had brain damage, running just once out of 11 plays and punting twice. Then we got it together, and ran on 24 of the next 34 plays, scoring twice in the fourth quarter. When the coaching staff meets tomorrow, hopefully they’ll talk… (DONE)
We crushed the shit out of this week, going a perfect 4 of Four Things. Next week we go out to Arizona, and hopefully it won’t be a trap game. They are just awful. I watched/endured/was tortured by their game against Carolina today, and I will never forgive myself for sitting through it. That shit was gross.
On The Whole:
“We should score easily enough, the only question is: How well will our Defense do?”
That’s how I ended Four Things. To answer, our Defense held a team averaging 28 points to just 14, grabbed 3 sacks, 1 pick, 4 forced fumbles, 4 recoveries, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves… Every time I question them, the Defense sends me a stiff message. So expect me to question them EVERY week!
I said this game had to be about talent and execution, and it was. Thank goodness for the inclement weather, because there were times when the Eagles coaching staff tried to be cute on Offense (beginning of the second half), and it just wasn’t working. If the weather had been better they may have kept trying. Mother Nature, we owe you one.
Understand, we spotted a team 14 points, and then cleared our throats. We were fighting a double digit lead, injuries coming in, injuries during, the elements, and still we just strolled to a victory. And this wasn’t against some bottom-feeder team. This was against the (still) division leader of the AFC South.
I said on June 9th: “Folks, people are predicting us to win the East, but I… I might already be looking past that. I’m telling you, if Hurts can read defenses better in 2022, the entire NFC (not just the East), is on notice. Rams, Bucs, Green Bay AT Lambeau. All of that. We want ALL the smoke.”
I have to admit now, I was wrong. We’re putting the WHOLE LEAGUE, on notice.