The Eagles 2-0 after beating the Vikings. Time to hand out some winners, losers, and IDKs.
unbeaten. Watch out, 1972 dolphins.
I can’t say enough good things about Hurts’ performance on Monday night. The first week outing wasn’t bad by any means but it made me want to see more. To his credit, Hurts delivered in a way that vastly exceeded expectations.
His final stat streak: 26/31 (83.9% completion percentage), 333 yards (average 10.7), 1 TD, 1 INT (not his fault as a ball bounced off Kenneth Jenwell’s hands), passing rating 108.7. 11 holds 57 yards and 2 TD rushes. So, 390 yards from the offense and 21 points.
Speaking after the match, Nick Siriani said Hurts was in “total control”. It is impossible to argue otherwise.
I did everything hurts.
As a bystander, he was incredibly on guard. He knew exactly where to go with the ball and got it over and over with amazing accuracy. He worked on all levels of the court and was especially good at center throws, a former weakness for him. There is not much you can ask of him. Even the minuses were good! for example:
Hurts also made a really great throw that rolled to his left to hit Quays Watkins along the touchline, but it was eliminated by a penalty.
As a sprinter, Hurts chose his positions well rather than relying on his legs too much. His dash for 26 yards at 3 and 2 was incredibly impressive. He could easily have run out of bounds but saw a weakness and attacked it, fighting through contact and extending the ball over the goal line for the score.
Hurts left no doubt on Monday night. He looked like a franchise quarterback that the Eagles would be more than happy to sign a long-term contract extension soon after this season.
More than that, though, he seemed like a great NFL MVP nominee out there. This was such an impressive performance that raised the Eagles ceiling for being legit Energy contenders.
Very exciting stuff!
Galen Hurts is 3rd against the Vikings
5/5 pass for 52 yards, 3 first touchdowns
5 runs for 50 yards, 2 first touchdowns, 1 TD
1 sachet taken#nobles
Brandon Lee Gowton September 20 2022
Jalen Hurts is the seventh QB to have at least 300 passing yards, 50 fast yards, one pass touchdowns, and two quick touchdowns in the game
Jalen Hurts did it with an 83% completion rate pic.twitter.com/D8adAsUAGE
– SB Nation (SBNation) September 20 2022
The NFL leaders in the EPA for every dip enters Week 3:
1 – Josh Allen (0.45)
2 – Patrick Mahomes (0.42)
3 – Galen Hurts (0.38)
– Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) September 20 2022
Slay went up against the best wide receiver in the NFL…and totally pressed him.
Jefferson was targeted 12 times and only had six receptions for 48 yards (11 length). 8.0 yards per reception for Jefferson is the second lowest mark of his career. The only game that got worse for him was when he was 7.7 in week five of the junior season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Slay was targeted eight times and was responsible for only two concerts that spanned 19 yards. Slay scored two picks and could have had at least one or two with better hands.
Being able to erase an upper receiver like this is kind of a big deal.
Darius Sly had more interceptions (2) than receptions allowed (1) as the closest defender on 5 goals to Justin Jefferson.
– NextGenStats September 20 2022
Are we sure Gannon didn’t return to the Minnesota coaching staff to coordinate the Vikings defense for this game?! Because the numbers Hurts gave seem similar to the offers previously allowed by Gannon’s defense.
Jokes aside, for the first time since he was hired by the Eagles, Gannon hasn’t been ripped off by a not-so-terrible quarterback! While this may not erase all doubts about him, this was a step in the right direction.
Gannon became more aggressive against the Vikings, and what do you know? It worked better than sitting passively too often!
DC Eagles Jonathan Gannon has blasted Kirk Cousins 10 times, up from 6 last week.
Cousins had pressure on 22 percent of his dropouts, the eighth highest in the second week.
– Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 20 2022
Nick Siriani / Shane Stakes
Bring your head coach and offensive coordinator together here. They oversaw an instrumental performance that featured the highest passing yards in a win (therefore, not boosted by litter time production) during the Eagles’ tenure. Among the highlights, Quess Watkins was wide open for landings.
It’s fair to wonder if the offense was too conservative in the second half as the Eagles scored zero points in the last four rounds. It is clear that the good outweighed the bad.
Goedert led the Eagles in receiving by capturing five of his six goals for 82 yards. He currently stands at 17.8 yards per reception this season, which ranks him 15th among all NFL players. He’s second on the tight end only to Ian Thomas, who is at 22.0 on just three times while Goedert has eight. Goedert is a very effective target.
In addition to his passing prowess, Goedert worked as a blocker. He bullied All-Pro’s Harrison Smith squarely to clear the way for a quick 26-yard touchdown.
It was no surprise when DeVonta saw the first goal in the game. The Eagles knew they had to get him more involved in the wake of his Week 1 “zero catch” performance. Smith grabbed his seven goals for 80 yards. He was a reliable midfield driver, earning five first touchdowns. No one should be too concerned about DeVonta after last week…but it was still good to see him involved.
It was also good to see Ques step in after he didn’t see a target in the first week. Two for 69 and the result is a nice day in the office when you’re not a top three goal scorer on the team, though. This is Watkins’ role. He won’t see volume as much as opportunities to do a big play or two.
Although it was a quieter game from his 155-yard performance from week one, Brown had a nice game with five catches for 69 yards. He scored the first of two receptions. His presence also undoubtedly opened up opportunities for his fellow passers-by.
Unless something goes wrong, it won’t be volume-producing. But Pascal is quietly a hugely influential shareholder. He had a third big loss in Detroit last week and had another conversion in the Eagles’ first drive of this game. Pascal is a nice complementary player. The threat it presents in these situations means defenses can’t just get into the bigger stars.
Edwards has been very energetic and the box’s score reflects a great deal with 10 team high tackles (seven singles), one tackle for a loss, one pass deflection (to force a kick), and a quarterback hit. The midfield team played a good game.
Maddox recorded his fourth interception in his career and his first since October 2021. The selection came at an important time as the Vikings had blocked a field goal back into the Eagles’ 30-yard streak. Maddox prevented the Mini from at least making it a two-possession game late in the third quarter.
The race generated a four-time high-speed team performance. He also scored three TFLs. The race capped the match with the dismissal of Cousins in the final play.
Cox’s tape sack turned 3 and 10 into 4 and 22. It’s good to see Cox clearly affecting the quarterback more than he has in some time. Cox already had 1.5 sacks this season, which is two shy of last year’s total. Cox didn’t cross the 1.5-bag mark last season until late December.
As you can tell, I feel generous with this week’s winners. And why after this kind of feeling of performing well? But while Slay stole the spotlight, Bradbury was quietly good. Cousins had a pass rating of 65.4 when targeting Bradberry, per PFF.
I thought he missed two chances to break tackles as a striker. And one of those moments is partly because it bobbed in a hunt instead of getting it clean.
As a runner, he had 17 loads for 80 yards (4.7) on average. Under-the-radar performance with all the focus on pains and passing options.
Siposs chasing Kris Boyd to prevent a touchdown on the Eagles’ blocked field goal ended up saving seven points. I cannot imagine that every gambler is capable of doing this.
I’m upset by all the crow that Rosman made me eat for his suspicion of him. Kudos to the General Manager of Eagles for building another competitor.
You can’t imagine having to root him as the starting quarterback for your favorite team. He’s not the worst QB in the NFL… but he’s the worst QB he’s ever had. It’s really the core Quarterback Purgatory quarterback.
I legitimately wanted to switch my in-game prediction from a Vikings win to an Eagles win after seeing this before kickoff:
# SourceIf the Vikings win, don’t miss Justin Jefferson at tonight’s post-match press conference.
– Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) September 19, 2022
Between this and his comments about being glad the Eagles didn’t recruit him, feelings weren’t working in his favour. Jefferson ended up writing checks he couldn’t cash.
So much for “revenge” of his former team.
Slay had more catches (2 to 1) and catch-related yards (19 to 7) in this game than Reagor.
The Eagles having a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a fifth-round pick in 2024 (which could become fourth) from the Vikings in the Rigor trade was a steal.
For all the good things the Eagles do, this is an obvious area where they need to improve. The Birds (18) is the second most sanctioned NFL team in two weeks, after Denver Broncos (25).
The Eagles scored four penalties in their first four rounds against the Vikings. They were constantly called out for having an offensive lineman too far on the field. While the Rulers may paint this summon a bit too rigidly, it is up to the Eagles to do more in order to make sure they don’t shoot themselves.
A field goal for the Eagles was obstructed.
It’s also clear that the Vikings weren’t afraid of a rematch from the Eagles’ kick due to their use of mortar kicks. Quez Watkins got two returns for 13 yards. Although it’s not entirely his fault, I still fail to see their best option out there. Britannia Kofi should take a look in this capacity. Of course, it’s not like Covey sparked it as a penalty kick return this week.
CJ Gardner Johnson
CJGJ was named the Eagles’ worst defender by the PFF last week. And they ranked second among their worst defenders (just above Patrick Johnson) this week.
After missing several interventions in Detroit, CJGJ only had one this time. So, progress?
CJGJ appears to be guilty of allowing what should have been a deep landing for Irv Smith Jr. if the tight finish had not brought down the pass. If this foul is not made, the Vikings have 14 points in the first inning.
Once again, CJGJ deserves some amount of patience to adjust to a new position in no time. The opposing teams will not be forgiving and can look to target him.
The Eagles hope to see improvement as the season continues.