By, you know, a fair bit.
Brandon Brooks is, by most cursory glances, the fourth-best offensive lineman on the Eagles. If that’s even true — he’s probably playing better football than Jason Peters, right now — he’s the best “fourth-best” offensive lineman on any team in the league. And he’s famously coming back from significant surgery.
Give Brooks and Wentz co-Comeback Players of the Year awards.
Remember, this Jets team — this Jets team — looked functional for a half of football against the now 4-1 Bills when Darnold was at the helm. So, while it wasn’t going to be a big surprise for anyone, I’m here to tell you that Sam Darnold is a lot better than Luke Falk.
The Eagles’ pass rush
10 sacks and 2 defensive touchdowns against anybody — even this Jets “team” — is a big deal. There’s a reason it’s never happened before.
The Eagles are the first team in NFL history with 10 sacks and two defensive touchdowns in the same game.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) October 6, 2019
Sacks have been an official stat since 1982.
Both of the Eagles’ turnovers were the direct result of pressure — one in that it was a strip-sack, the other in that the hurried and inaccurate throw was forced by pressure on Luke Falk as he rolled out of the pocket. While the Eagles picked up their last few sacks in garbage time, the pass-rush was landing all day long, which is a big deal considering how frequently they’ve been only getting to almost there in the last few weeks.
I issued a heartfelt apology for my Nate Gerry slander on the most recent Kist and Solak recap, be sure to listen to it, it’s heartfelt and I really meant it from the heart and my heart felt it.
But, in all seriousness, multiple picks is going to keep the dude on the team. For better or for worse.
In more ways than one!
I don’t think Adam Gase ever though he had a chance to win this game, which is fine, but I don’t think he ever coached his team like he had a chance to win this game, and that’s a dang shame. The Jets were uber-conservative and uninspired on offense, despite the fact that they got worthy play from their defense in the first half. Gase does not do well getting the ball to his weapons in creative ways, which is the name of the game when you’re playing with a backup quarterback, let alone a third stringer. He doesn’t seem interested in his team, which begs the question of why the Jets were ever interested in him.
Whoever was playing on the offensive line for the Jets
I gotta be honest: Chuma Edoga was playing at right tackle, and besides that, I couldn’t name the Jets’ offensive line without help. Maybe if I tried for a few seconds, but that feels excessive.
Suffice to say, even though the Eagles’ defensive line was getting pressure at a good rate this year, they were getting battled by some of the offensive lines they faced. The Jets’ group brought absolutely zero zest to the trenches, and the broadcast point was well taken: Luke Falk doesn’t look very good, but it’s hard to parse his play from the performance of his offensive line.
See, you think this is funny, but there’s a dude in Kensington who’s still wondering why Schwartz didn’t blitz more.
I mean if you expected anything else, fellas...
Miles Sanders has been fine for the Eagles as a second-round rookie; downright good at times; downright essential in the win over the Packers, in which his kickoff return got the ball rolling when the Eagles were digging themselves yet another early hole.
But Miles Sanders has really yet to play any better than Jordan Howard did, who cost far less than he did in terms of draft capital and simply doesn’t make mistakes. Howard is a rental, of course, and Sanders is the future — but that’s a good reason to continue to manage Sanders’ touches, keeping his risk of injury down while Howard takes the lion’s share of the work this year.
Either way, preseason predictions for the Philadelphia backfield anticipated a roughly equal split to start, with Sanders winning out the job throughout the season. Early returns are good on the split, but wrong on the back who is winning more attention.
We had another odd Pederson punt on fourth down and a weird focus on running the ball on first and 10, both of which are highly un-Pedersonian choices, given the profile of his first few years as a head coach> I do wonder on the degree to which he’s conflating tendency or giving his team practice in other scenarios (Cameron Johnston doesn’t get too many reps punting from the 50!)
Either way, curious as to the 1st and 10 running approach: The Eagles are one of the teams in the league running most frequently on first down. That is wildly opposite was is typical for them, and worth tracking moving forward.