It wasn’t the cleanest of blowout victories, but it was a blowout victory nonetheless. The Philadelphia Eagles moved to 3-2 with a 31-6 over the hapless New York Jets, then received some help from the Green Bay Packers as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys hours later.
Additionally, the Minnesota Vikings knocked off the New York Giants, moving the Giants to 2-3 as the NFC East begins its foretold shift to a two horse trace. I failed to mention Washington because not even Washington wants to talk about Washington. The football, as they say, was good.
Coming into the game I had four keys to the game. Maybe they weren’t as much keys as they were aspects of the game that I had interest in, because let’s face it we all knew this was going to be a blowout unless you still have nightmares about Joe Webb. They were was follows:
1. How Carson Wentz handles Gregg Williams’ disguises.
There were a couple instances early where the protection got a little hung up on who to take, but with just one sack on the day it’s hard to complain too much. From a protection standpoint, Wentz and the line had the right calls on. Wentz was also safe with the ball and didn’t let any pre-snap cheese bait him into costly post-snap mistakes. Regardless of how you feel about Gregg Williams as a coordinator, these were good mental reps for the offense.
2. How the offense schemes run game success from G-to-G.
Going up a trio of solid interior defenders, the run game was hit and miss on the inside. The Eagles did experiment with some new run wrinkles and successful or not they now have those concepts on film and can decide what to scrap and what to keep. This is more of a film review topic which we’ll cover once that film is ground into a fine powder later in the week. Jordan Howard again proved to be the most efficient runner, churning out 4.8ypc compared to Miles Sanders’ 1.7ypc and Darren Sproles’ 1.3ypc.
3. How the defense schemes intermediate/deep coverage, especially against Robby Anderson.
Another aspect that’s hard to truly evaluate without the film, but it’s notable that Anderson never came close to hurting the Eagles’ deep. On the day he had just one catch for 16 yards. Either the Eagles did extremely well the immediate/deep areas or Luke Falk is just a checkdown kind of guy. It’s possible both are true and it’s a fact that next week against the Vikings will be a much stronger test.
4. Sacks. How’d they get there?
Jim Schwartz didn’t have to do much to create pressure against an abysmal Jets’ offensive line. What does stand out is the sheer volume. 10 sacks is second most in franchise history so they did what they should have and much more. In terms of how they got there, well, every way possible. Including an interesting (and rare) nickel blitz where Orlando Scandrick showed some real pass rushing chops.
Me and Benjamin Solak talk more about our takeaways from the game on The Kist & Solak Show #129! Listen to it on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts?! Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!