INDIANAPOLIS – Good groups discover methods to win, even on down days, and that sort of encompasses the Eagles’ 17-16 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts to maneuver to 9-1.
A win is a win, model factors or not, and Philadelphia moved o 9-1 whereas watching the New York Giants fall to 7-3 after a loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Eagles performed your complete recreation from behind after the Colts took the opening kickoff and scored, lastly inching forward on a Jalen Hurts quarterback draw with 1:20 left.
Taking part in time of Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh – Anybody who thought the Eagles would possibly slowly carry alongside the 2 veteran DTs they signed earlier within the week had been off base. Joseph was the starter from play 1 in odd-man fronts and actually performed properly throughout the dwell watch whereas Suh actually proved he isn’t washed up. The 2 even mixed for a sack of Matt Ryan within the third quarter.
Jalen Hurts – The numbers weren’t spectacular however the offense is Hurts and everybody else proper now and the MVP candidate willed the Eagles to the win together with his legs within the fourth quarter, amassing 52 of his 86 yards within the fourth quarter. As Nick Sirianni would possibly joke, that is good teaching.
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The Protection – For all the warmth Jonathan Gannon’s unit took after the primary loss it carries Philadelphia for many of the afternoon, permitting simply 209 yards after the spectacular opening drive by the Colts. It additionally performed finisher when Brandon Graham broke by way of for the protection’s fourth sack of the sport towards the situationally unaware Matt Ryan.
Life with out Dallas Goedert – You discovered simply how a lot Goedert means to this offense right this moment. A village of everybody from Jack Stoll to Grant Calcaterra, Boston Scott, Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal paled compared to what Goedert permits Nick Sirianni and Shane Steichen to do from a down-to-down perspective.
Go professional from the operating backs – In some ways, go safety within the backfield has change into a misplaced artwork so maybe it ought to be no shock when gamers like Miles Sanders and Kenny Gainwell come up small in blitz pickup. Nobody is searching for the hard-headed Seventies fullback however competency ought to be the purpose.
Josiah Scott – The Avonte Maddox hamstring damage has been misplaced within the wash a bit due to the influence of the absences of Jordan Davis and Dallas Goedert however the drop-off from Maddox to Scott can also be a giant one.
Two main snafus put Philadelphia in a nasty spot. On a third-and-6 on the opening drive Jonathan Gannon dialed up a blitz that acquired T.J. Edwards unfastened however Scott could not maintain up on the again finish and Michael Pittman gashed the protection for twenty-four yards. Scott additionally gave up a giant achieve that allowed Indy to go up 16-10 earlier than Hurts pulled off the heroics.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles protection for SI.com’s Eagles Right this moment and is the NFL Insider for JAKIB Media. You’ll be able to take heed to John, alongside legendary sports-talk host Jody each morning from 8-10 on ‘Birds 365,” streaming dwell on YouTube. John can also be the host of his personal present “Soccer 24/7 and a every day contributor to ESPN South Jersey. You’ll be able to attain him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen