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Eagles vs. Saints, Winners and Losers: Philadelphia's offensive line steps up

The Eagles improved to 2-3 thanks to some impressive individual performances.

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The Philadelphia Eagles played their best and most complete game of the season Sunday, overcoming a sloppy start by the offense en route to a 39-17 rout of the New Orleans Saints. The win puts the Eagles at 2-3 and back in the conversation for the division crown. Though the game was a total team win, there were plenty of individual performances worth highlighting.

Let's take a look at who balled out, and who still needs work:


Fletcher Cox: One of the best players on the entire team introduced himself to the All-Pro voting committee Sunday. Cox was simply too much for the Saints offensive line to handle, leading the team with six solo tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Cox has long been lauded as one of the Eagles' blue chip players, and on Sunday he again proved why.

Malcolm Jenkins: Another game, another appearance on this list. Jenkins continues to impress with his coverage skills and open field tackling ability. Brandin Cooks did get by Jenkins once, but other than that it was another solid performance for one of the Eagles' veteran leaders.

The offensive line: The offensive line deserves credit in this game. Jason Peters and Lane Johnson were both banged up going into this game, and questions were already swirling about the line's ability. But on Sunday against the Saints they provided running lanes for the backs and time for Sam Bradford to throw. The Eagles dropped 39 points on New Orleans' defense, thanks in large part to the performance of the offensive line.

Josh Huff: After a quiet start, Huff re-introduced himself to Eagles fans in style. He almost broke the opening kickoff to start the game, and scored his first receiving touchdown with a 41-yard catch and run in the second quarter. Huff led the team with 78 receiving yards, and showed off some of the playmaking ability that got him drafted out of Oregon. The Eagles receivers have been shaky all season; Huff's reemergence came at an ideal time.

Sam Goodford: The Eagles' quarterback had another Jekyll and Hyde game. At his best, Bradford was zipping passes into tight windows and moving the offense. He threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, and was able to move the offense throughout the game. Bradford has been showing improvement throughout the season, and in many ways Sunday was another step in the right direction...


Sam Badford: ...but it wasn't all pretty. Bradford also threw two interceptions in the end zone, including one terribly thrown ball to Riley Cooper that should have been a touchdown. The second came on a pass to Miles Austin, a quarterback-to-wide-receiver connection that has been lacking this season.

The Saints hadn't picked off a pass all season, but came away with two huge interceptions on Sunday. Against better competition, those turnovers could have been crippling. Bradford has played better recently, but there are still plenty of areas of concern for him to address.

Caleb Sturgis: Yes, he hit four field goals. But he also missed a PAT. The last time Sturgis hit all of his field goal and extra point tries was Week 13 of last season. As an emergency option, Sturgis can get the job done. But it's hard to be confident in his abilities in close games moving forward.

Nelson Agholor: The Eagles' first-round pick's disappointing rookie year continues. Agholor injured his left leg early in the game, and did not return. He finished the game with one catch for five yards, and was penalized on another red zone play.