The Eagles finally got on the field for the first time in the 2019-2020 season, that actually matters. Even though the Eagles went through a lot of struggles early on, the Eagles ended up pulling out the win. The win was not pretty by any standards for the Eagles, especially on the defensive end. Here is my recap for the first week.
The Eagles had a really good ariel attack this week, QB Carson Wentz went 28/39 for 313 yards and three touchdowns. On tape, Wentz made a few iffy throws early on, a very low pass to Jordan Howard, an over throw on a deep bomb to Nelson Agholor and a couple other throws. However, Wentz played great in the second half especially throwing deep and on the run.
The Eagles rushing attack wasn’t as impressive, and I don’t blame the players as much as I do running backs coach Duce Staley. I blame Staley because of the situations the running backs were in. For example, the Eagles shouldn’t have Darren Sproles running over the middle in a power type of run, Jordan Howard should’ve been the running back in that scenario. I also felt that Howard did not get as many carries as I wanted.
Recievers and Tight Ends:
The WR’s and TE’s this week were impressive, we didn’t see too many drops and the WR’s near the end did a good job of getting separation from the corners and safeties. We saw an amazing game from Desean Jackson in his return to Philadelphia, catching eight balls for 154 yards and two touchdowns. The connection between Carson Wentz and Desean Jackson was on point on Sunday.
The Eagles offensive line was very talented, especially Brandon Brooks coming off of an achilles tear. I think the OL was good on pass blocking but I do wish there was some improvement in the zone blocking, overall though, the Eagles OL is looking like a legit contender for the “Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year award.”
Offense overall grade:
I think the offense showed they can be one of the better units in the NFL, even though they had the slow start, the Eagles offense was very impressive. I give the Eagles a A- on offense, the slow start hurt their stock, but the 3rd quarter performance was impressive.
The Eagles Defensive Line is probably the best part of their team on paper. But, on paper doesn’t mean it will always be the best on the field, and that was the case this week. Yes, the Eagles Defensive Line was decent, but they didn’t utilize the good match ups they had. The Redskins franchise tackle is holding out of his contract, and Ereck Flowers starting at right guard, the Eagles DL did not utilize that mismatch on defense, I do like how Brandon Graham played though.
Maybe one of the more unnoticeable positions on the team, however in the passing game, there were a few wide open passes Keenum was able to throw in the shorter middle distances. Other than that, I do like how the LB’s played in the running game, and I noticed Schwartz blitzed more than last year.
I am not happy with this groups performance this week, the Eagles gave up the 5th most passing yards. A good portion of that I blame on defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Rasul Douglas should not be going up against the speedy Terry McLaurin, and he also let up another touchdown late in the game. The tackeling on the Vernon Davis’ touchdown was terrible as well, especially Andrew Sendejo. The DB’s were consistently off, and those big plays let up are a huge red mark on their end.
Defense overall grade:
I give the Eagles defense a C. The reason why is we let up two huge scoring plays on defense, and the Eagles matched up way better on defense and they didn’t execute.
MVP: Desean Jackson
Offensive Player of the Game: Desean Jackson
Defensive Player of the Game: Brandon Graham
Coach of the Game: Carson Walch