I’m sure the defense had been tired of hearing it. They’d given up 27 points to the Redskins. 27 to the Lions. In four games, they had three sacks.
Basically, the Jets came in at the right time.
While the offense was what was supposed to carry Philadelphia this year, the Eagles needed a defensive effort to prove they could win games without scoring 30. They needed a 10 sack, three turnover, hold New York to nine first downs and allow 128 total yard performance. Philly had to have a game like that to get the confidence of the D up with the schedule that lies ahead (more on that later).
Joining the defense in a strong performance was Jordan Howard, who ran the ball 13 times for 62 yards and a score. His last two games have seen an uptick in production, which has led the Birds to back-to-back 30+ point performances.
Masked in the gaudy defensive statistics and a more balanced attack was that this was a rather boring game and another somewhat lackluster performance by Carson Wentz. Now, in fairness, some of it is that the game was probably out of reach for the Jets by the time Nathan Gerry crossed the goal line on an interception return to make it 14-0. Wentz didn’t have to be an MVP. But…
Why Week 5 For the Eagles Was Not All Rainbows and Gum Drops
It was his second straight game under 200 yards passing and third in the last four under 250. In his last four games, he has completed just 57 percent of his passes. This week, he was 58.6 percent with an average of 6.5 yards per attempt with a healthy Alshon Jeffrey back in the lineup. I’ve said it before, Wentz has just looked off this season. He hasn’t looked like an MVP. He hasn’t even looked like an All-Pro. He’s looked like an average, NFL starting quarterback.
To his credit, Wentz has done some things very well. He hasn’t thrown an interception in his last 128 pass attempts. In that same span, he has thrown seven touchdowns. He’s run the ball 12 times for 51 yards. He has a passer rating of 98.5 in his last three games.
And there’s nothing wrong with that until you look at the Eagles schedule the next four (and really six) weeks. In order, Philadelphia plays three straight road games at Minnesota, Dallas, and Buffalo before returning home to face the Bears. After a bye week, the Patriots come to The Linc. The Eagles are going to need their best player to be at his best, a level that he hasn’t been at since week one against Washington.
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Heading to Minnesota, the Eagles are three-point underdogs on Sunday. I’m taking that and being happy with getting points since I think Philly will win the game outright. They showed they weren’t afraid to go into a hostile environment by winning on the road at Green Bay. For as much as we’ve talked about Wentz being off this year, Kirk Cousins hasn’t lit the world on fire, a large reason why the Vikings are averaging just 21 points per game. Against good defenses, he has struggled this season. If the Eagles defense plays half as well as it did against the Jets, it could be a long day for Cousins and the Minnesota offense. That’s also one reason why I’d stay away from the over/under of 44. There are too many variables on both sides of the ball to think each team will put up 20 points.
The Eagles have successfully climbed out of the hole and matched Dallas at the top of the division. Good on the Giants for winning a pair, but the NFC East comes down to an even slate with 11 games left and may hinge on the meetings between the Philadelphia and the Cowboys in weeks seven and 16.
Now the fun really begins. Happy October.