The Eagles are 2-0 after completely beating the Vikings. Time handy out some winners, losers, and IDKs.
Undefeated. Watch out, 1972 Dolphins.
Can’t most likely say sufficient excellent issues about Hurts’ efficiency on Monday evening. His Week 1 time out wasn’t unhealthy whatsoever nevertheless it left me in need of to look extra. To his credit score, Hurts delivered in some way that a great deal exceeded expectancies.
His ultimate stat line: 26/31 (83.9% of completion), 333 yards (10.7 reasonable), 1 TD, 1 INT (now not his fault as a ball that bounced off Kenneth Gainwell’s arms), 108.7 passer ranking. 11 carries for 57 yards and a couple of rush TD. So, 390 yards of offense and 21 issues.
Speaking after the sport, Nick Sirianni stated Hurts was once in “complete control.” It’s unimaginable to argue in a different way.
Hurts did all of it.
As a passer, he was once extremely poised. He knew precisely the place to move with the ball and were given it there time and time once more with breathtaking accuracy. He labored all ranges of the sphere and was once particularly excellent on throws over the center, a prior weak point for him. There in reality isn’t a lot more you want to’ve requested from him. Even his incompletions had been excellent! Case in level:
Hurts additionally made an actual spectacular throw rolling to his left to hit Quez Watkins alongside the sideline, handiest to be burnt up via a protecting penalty.
As a runner, Hurts picked his spots neatly versus depending on his legs too continuously. His 26-yard landing scramble on Third-and-2 was once extremely spectacular. He simply may’ve ran out of bounds however he noticed a weak point and attacked it, combating thru touch and lengthening the ball over the objective line for the rating.
Hurts left undoubtedly on Monday evening. He seemed like a franchise quarterback that the Eagles could be very happy to signal to a long-term contract extension once after this season.
More than that, even though, he seemed like a freaking NFL MVP candidate in the market. THIS was once a needle-moving efficiency that raises the Eagles’ ceiling to being reputable Super Bowl contenders.
Pretty thrilling stuff!
Jalen Hurts on Third down towards Vikings
5/5 passing for 52 yards, 3 first downs
5 runs for fifty yards, 2 first downs, 1 TD
1 sack taken#Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) September 20, 2022
Jalen Hurts is simply the seventh QB to have no less than 300 passing yards, 50 dashing yards, 1 passing landing, and a couple of dashing touchdowns in a recreation
Jalen Hurts did it with 83% of completion proportion percent.twitter.com/D8adAsUAGE
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 20, 2022
NFL leaders in EPA consistent with dropback coming into Week 3:
1. Josh Allen (0.45)
2. Patrick Mahomes (0.42)
3. Jalen Hurts (0.38)
— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) September 20, 2022
Slay went up towards arguably the NFL’s highest extensive receiver … and completely clamped him.
Jefferson was once focused 12 instances and handiest had six receptions for 48 yards (lengthy of eleven). 8.0 yards consistent with reception for Jefferson is the second-lowest mark of his profession. The handiest recreation that went worse for him was once when he was once at 7.7 in Week 5 of his rookie season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Slay was once focused 8 instances and was once answerable for simply two receptions that went for 19 yards. Slay logged two alternatives and he may’ve had no less than one or two extra with higher arms.
Slay having the ability to erase a best receiver like this is more or less a large deal.
Darius Slay had extra interceptions (2) than receptions allowed (1) as the closest defender on 5 objectives to Justin Jefferson.
The Vikings misplaced -11.9 EPA at the 5 objectives, probably the most in any WR-CB matchup in a recreation over the past 6 seasons (min. 5 objectives).#MINvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly percent.twitter.com/xApKRStxg5
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) (*5*)September 20, 2022
Are we certain Gannon didn’t go back to Minnesota’s training team of workers to coordinate the Vikings’ protection on this recreation?! Because the numbers that Hurts publish glance very similar to the performances that Gannon’s protection has up to now allowed.
Jokes apart, for the primary time since being employed via the Eagles, Gannon didn’t get shredded via a non-awful quarterback! While it could now not erase all doubt about him, this was once a step in the fitting course.
Gannon were given extra competitive towards the Vikings and, howdy, what have you learnt? It labored higher than passively sitting again all too continuously!
Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon blitzed Kirk Cousins 10 instances, up from 6 closing week.
Cousins confronted force on 22 p.c of his dropbacks, eighth absolute best in Week 2.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 20, 2022
NICK SIRIANNI/SHANE STEICHEN
Lumping the pinnacle trainer and offensive coordinator in combination right here. They oversaw an effective efficiency that featured the absolute best passing yardage general in a win (so, now not boosted via rubbish time manufacturing) all over their Eagles tenure. Among the highlights, Quez Watkins was once schemed extensive open for a landing.
It’s honest to wonder whether the offense was once just a little too conservative in the second one part with the Eagles scoring 0 issues on their ultimate 4 drives. The excellent clearly outweighed the unhealthy, even though.
Goedert led the Eagles in receiving via catching 5 of his six objectives for 82 yards. He’s recently at 17.8 yards consistent with reception this season, which ranks 15 amongst all NFL avid gamers. He’s moment at tight finish handiest to Ian Thomas, who’s at 22.0 on handiest 3 catches while Goedert has 8. Goedert’s an overly environment friendly goal.
In addition to his pass-catching prowess, Goedert installed paintings as a blocker. He directly up bullied All-Pro protection Harrison Smith to pave the best way for Hurts’ 26-yard dashing landing.
It was once very unsurprising when DeVonta noticed the primary goal of the sport. The Eagles knew they needed to get him extra concerned following a 0 catch efficiency in Week 1. Smith stuck all seven of his objectives for 80 yards. He was once a competent chain-mover in the course of box, choosing up 5 first downs. No one must were critically frightened about DeVonta after closing week … nevertheless it was once nonetheless great to look him being concerned.
It was once additionally great to look Quez become involved after he didn’t even see a goal in Week 1. Watkins’ landing was once clearly aided via the Vikings blowing a protection. Two for 69 and a rating is a pleasant day on the administrative center while you’re now not a best 3 goal at the staff, even though. This is Watkins’ function. He’s now not going to look quantity up to he’s going to have alternatives to make a large play or two.
Though a quieter recreation than his 155-yard efficiency from Week 1, Brown had a pleasant recreation with 5 catches for 69 yards. He logged two first down receptions. His presence additionally without a doubt spread out alternatives for his fellow pass-catchers.
Unless one thing has long gone unsuitable, he’s now not going to be a quantity manufacturer. But Pascal is quietly a high-leverage contributor. He had a large 3rd down conversion in Detroit closing week and he had every other conversion at the Eagles’ first force on this recreation. Pascal is a pleasant complementary participant to have. The danger he supplies in those scenarios signifies that defenses can’t simply key in at the larger stars.
Edwards was once very energetic and the field rating displays as a lot with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), one take on for loss, one cross deflection (to power a punt), and one quarterback hit. The Eagles’ best linebacker had a excellent recreation.
Maddox logged the fourth interception of his profession and his first since October 2021. The pick out got here at a key time taking into account the Vikings had simply blocked a box objective they returned to the Eagles’ 30-yard line. Maddox averted Minny from most likely no less than making it a two ownership recreation past due within the 3rd quarter.
Sweat generated a team-high 4 hurries. He additionally logged 3 TFLs. Sweat capped off the sport via sacking Cousins at the ultimate play.
Cox’s strip-sack became a Third-and-10 right into a 4th-and-22. It’s excellent to look Cox visibly impacting the quarterback greater than he has in a while. Cox already had 1.5 sacks this season, which is 2 shy of closing yr’s general. Cox didn’t recover from the 1.5 sack mark closing season till past due December.
As you could possibly inform, I’m feeling beneficiant with the winners this week. And why now not after that more or less really feel excellent efficiency? But whilst Slay stole the highlight, Bradberry was once quietly excellent. Cousins had a 65.4 passer ranking when focused on Bradberry, consistent with PFF.
I assumed he neglected a few alternatives to damage tackles as a pass-catcher. And one such second partially as a result of he bobbled a catch as an alternative of creating it cleanly.
As a runner, even though, he had 17 carries for 80 yards (4.7) reasonable. Under-the-radar efficiency with all the point of interest on Hurts and the passing choices.
Siposs chasing down Kris Boyd to forestall a landing at the Eagles’ blocked box objective ended up saving seven issues. I will be able to’t believe each punter is in a position to make that take on.
I’m feeling filled from the entire crow Roseman has made me devour for doubting him. Kudos to the Eagles’ common supervisor for development every other contender.
Cannot believe having to root for him as your favourite staff’s beginning quarterback. He isn’t the worst QB within the NFL … however he’s the worst QB to have. He in reality is the quintessential (*1*)quarterback purgatory quarterback.
I legitimately sought after to change my recreation prediction from a Vikings win to an Eagles win when I noticed this previous to kickoff:
#According toSource, if the Vikings win, don’t pass over Justin Jefferson on the postgame press convention this night.
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) September 19, 2022
Between this and his feedback about being satisfied the Eagles didn’t draft him, the vibes weren’t operating in his want. Jefferson ended up writing exams he couldn’t money.
So a lot for purchasing “revenge” on his former staff.
Slay had extra catches (2 to 1) and yards associated with a catch (19 to 7) on this recreation than Reagor did.
The Eagles getting a 2023 seventh-round pick out and a 2024 fifth-round pick out (that may doubtlessly develop into a fourth) from the Vikings within the Reagor industry was once a heist.
For the entire excellent issues the Eagles have occurring, this an glaring house the place they want to toughen. The Birds (18) are the second-most penalized NFL staff thru two weeks, handiest in the back of the Denver Broncos (25).
The Eagles had 4 consequences on their first 4 drives towards the Vikings. They stay getting referred to as for having an offensive lineman too a long way down the sphere. While the refs may well be officiating that decision slightly too strictly, it’s as much as the Eagles to do extra on their finish to verify they’re now not capturing themselves within the foot.
The Eagles had a box objective blocked.
The Vikings additionally obviously weren’t petrified of the Eagles’ kick go back recreation given their use of mortar kicks. Quez Watkins had two returns for 13 yards. Though now not fully his fault, I nonetheless miss out on how he’s their most suitable option again there. Britain Covey must get a glance in that capability. Of route, it’s now not like Covey lit it up as a punt returner this week.
CJGJ graded out because the Eagles’ worst defender via PFF closing week. He graded out as their second-worst defender (handiest above Patrick Johnson) this week.
After lacking a couple of tackles in Detroit, CJGJ handiest had one this time round. So, growth?
CJGJ seemed to be responsible for permitting what must’ve been a deep landing to Irv Smith Jr. if the tight finish hadn’t dropped the cross. If that mistake isn’t made, the Vikings have 14 issues at halftime.
Again, CJGJ merits some degree of endurance for adjusting to a brand new place on quick realize. Opposing groups may not be as forgiving and may glance to focus on him.
The Eagles can be hoping to look development because the season is going on.