It needed to finish someday, however this week, after what Chauncey Gardner-Johnson did to lend a hand stay the Eagles undefeated?
For the primary time this season, a participant from the league’s lone unbeaten staff received’t be taking house an NFC Player of the Week award.
Maybe that’s grasping.
Maybe this take is pushed via a sports activities the town this is briefly turning into spoiled via the new successes of the Phillies – now 3 wins clear of going to the World Series – the 3-0 Flyers, and the expectancies being heaped on a Sixers staff that misplaced its opener, however nonetheless has 81 video games to play.
Or perhaps it’s simply because Gardner-Johnson deserved it.
Primarily a slot cornerback in New Orleans after arriving within the league as a fourth-round draft pick out of the Saints in 2019, CGJ was once requested to turn out to be a full-time protection when he was once got in a business on Aug. 30.
Without the ease of any coaching camp along with his new teammates and coaches, he has adjusted smartly.
In the Eagles’ 26-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in primetime, he made two interceptions and 4 tackles. His one pick out arrange a landing, and his different with 5 mins left, with reference to sealed the Eagles’ 6th directly victory.
He has 3 interceptions in his closing two video games.
And, oh via the best way, he did it in primetime and for a staff that has but to lose.
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“That’s a new position he’s playing,” mentioned Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon on Tuesday. “That is a troublesome place to play. As is the nickel nook, however (protection) it is other.
“It’s a little more of a space game now that he’s playing and just getting acclimated to that. Getting reps and time under task with that, and I think he’ll continue to (get even better).”
The NFC Defensive Player of the Week award went to Seattle rookie cornerback Tariq Woolen, who wasn’t playing on a national stage and for a team that had just two wins before beating the Cardinals, 19-9, to get to 3-3.
Falcons QB Marcus Mariota was the Offensive Player of the Week while Vikings punter Ryan Wright picked up the special teams award.
This isn’t meant to belittle Woolen. He had a nice game.
The fifth-round draft pick from Texas-San Antonio made five tackles, intercepted a pass, and recovered a fumble to become the first rookie since 1970 to record both an interception and opponent fumble recovery in consecutive games.
Still, the Eagles should have set a new league record by making it six straight weeks with a Player of the Week award.
They had won five in a row with Zech McPhearson, Darius Slay, Brandon Graham, Haason Reddick, and Cameron Dicker taking home the award.
It was the first time players from the same team had done that to start a season since 1991 when the Bills did it. They were the first team to win five straight since the 2005 Bears (Weeks 8-12).
In the grand scheme of things, it probably doesn’t matter. There are much bigger awards to be won, such as the NFC East and the Super Bowl.
Still, deserving is deserving, and Gardner-Johnson was deserving.
Ed Kracz is the publisher of SI.com’s Fan Nation Eagles Today and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglesmaven.com and please observe him on Twitter: @kracze.