Breaking News: The 2017 NFL season has begun and the Eagles still drive every Philly fan nuts. However, it’s not your average gameday because this time the Eagles won. It wasn’t pretty, wasn’t ugly either but a win’s a win and that’s all you can wish for.
The Eagles finally won in Washington which seemed like it would never happen. Kirk Cousins is the Eagles kryptonite but that wasn’t the case this time. The Eagles defense had a very good day only allowing 17 points. The defensive line was very impressive and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham are living up to their contracts finally. Graham tallied 2 sacks and Fletcher Cox had a sack and scored a defensive touchdown to seal off the victory. The secondary had a decent day, the headline will be newly acquired CB Ronald Darby gets hurt which is a huge deal. With Darby in the game Kirk Cousins was 2-8 and without Darby in Cousins was 21-32. Every Eagles fan should say a prayer from Darby cause without him the Eagles are depleted at the Cornerback position. Jalen Mills came up clutch with a goal line interception and changed the entire game for the Eagles. Mills will be looked at as the No 1 CB until Darby returns to action.
Offensively, Wentz had a solid game. Wentz threw for 307 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The interception came on a deflection, and that isn’t Wentz’s fault. There was no rushing game at all and that is completely Doug Pederson’s fault. We gave Pederson a year to adjust to being a head coach and that time is over. Pederson may be the WORST play caller in the NFL. Pederson has yet to be an effective play caller since becoming the head coach in Philly. Doug is pulling a Chip Kelly on the sideline and someone needs to do something about it. The Eagles will continue to be a below average team if every week Wentz throws 40 passes and there isn’t a effective running game. Blount had 14 carries for only 46 yards. Smallwood and Sproles had a total of 6 yards on 6 carries. That is Really bad.
On the brightside Ertz is finally going to have his breakout season. Thanks to Howie Long trading away Wentz’s best friend and favorite target, Ertz is poised to make up for Jordan Matthews absence. Ertz had a 8 receptions for 93 yards and was solid all game long. Nelson FREAKING Agholor even had a good game. He caught an absolute bomb from Carson Wentz almost like week 1 of last year. Agholor finished with 6 catches for 86 yards. That is something that the team can build on and something Agholor badly needed to revive his lackluster NFL career.
Next week will be a challenge when the team travels to Kansas City to face face former Head Coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs killed the Patriots this week and Arrowhead Stadium has the loudest fans in the NFL. For the love of God I hope Doug Pederson gets his head out of his ass and runs the ball next week.