YAY, we didn’t lose!
(S) QB Carson Wentz: (29/47 – 61.7 – 225 – 1 – 2)
(S) RB Miles Sanders: (18 – 95 – 5.2 – 0 – 0)
(S) WR Greg Ward: (11 – 8 – 72 – 9.0 – 1)
(S) DE Brandon Graham/Derek Barnett: (4 – 2.0 – 0 – 0)
I hear you asking, “What about all the stuff that stats don’t reveal?” Well, that’s the reason for the 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: BENGALS did the Eagles get around to doing? Well let’s see:
1) Give the rush time to get home: There were a couple of drives where this happened, and the Eagles racked up 8 sacks because of it. Particularly on the two opening drives, and through the fourth quarter. During the middle of the game however, it was open season on our Secondary. Again! (NOT DONE)
2) Trust the Offensive Line: Wentz seemed at his best when he got out of the pocket, or was improvising after a near sack. His improvised touchdown pass to Ward was a thing of beauty. Same with his 7 yard touchdown run. Behind the line, he still looks like he’s trying to beat the egg timer. If you get a chance to see a replay of this game, notice how at ease he looks on the move, and how jittery he looks in the pocket. (NOT DONE)
3) More balanced play-calling: This week we saw 47 pass attempts, 28 designed runs, and 7 scrambles. On 81 plays, that’s a 54 to 27 pass/run ratio, or 66.6% pass. This is not a winning formula. (NOT DONE)
4) Do the hard part: There is no joy to be seen out there. The team body language is devoid of passion. There was the standard celebratory, defensive preening nonsense, but nothing to get the team’s energy up. Nothing to get them out of their heads, and into the moment. (NOT DONE)
This week we posted a score of 0 out of 4, (3 of 12 this season). Were this not the Bengals, starting a rookie QB, we’d have been blown out. Next week we get a wounded 2 – 1 San Fran, that is eager to challenge for their division lead. Hur-fucking-rah.
On The Whole:
Wentz didn’t look good today as a passer, or for that matter as an emotional leader. He did however, turn in a gritty performance, adding 65 yards rushing yards, and a big-time, ‘gotta-have-it’ 7 yard touchdown run. While he may have looked shaky as a passer, at no point did you doubt that he was all-in. At no point did you doubt that he wanted the “W”. He never dogged it.
To be fair, he wasn’t aided by the in-games losses of WR DeSean Jackson, TE Dallas Goedert, and LT Jason Peters. By the fourth quarter, he was back to Ward, WR Deontay Burnett, and a third string TE. Just like late last year.
For a third straight week, the Defense allowed over 20 points. What was your question?!? How many takeaways did our Defense get? What’s a takeaway? Is it Chinese?
I’m afraid that as an Eagles fan, I don’t know what a “takeaway” is anymore. I don’t think our Secondary has any clue about what that could possibly be.
That all said, given the horrid, downright goofy nature of the NFC East this year, even our 0-2-1 record has us just half a game out of first place. We have ZERO wins in three cracks, and the division is still wide open.