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Seven observations from Eagles’ win: One of Carson Wentz’s best victories, a standout running game and more - The Athletic
1. This might be the best victory of the Carson Wentz Era. It’s odd to think that the best win of Wentz’s career came in a game in which he threw for only 160 yards and completed 16 pass attempts, but the significance of this victory should not be undersold. There could be a reasonable debate about whether Wentz has a signature win on his resume — I’d argue the win in Carolina in 2017 qualifies and if you count the game in which he tore his ACL in Los Angeles, then that should be at the top — but there is no question that going into Lambeau Field and winning on a night when Aaron Rodgers throws for 422 yards to keep the Eagles from falling to 1-3 will be remembered for a long time. “It’s huge,” Wentz said. “Especially the point of the season that we’re at. Going 2-2 is a heck of a lot better than going 1-3. Thursday night game, on the road, at Lambeau, a lot of things working against us this week.” Wentz didn’t entertain the concept of a “signature win.” He said he simply looks at it as a “resilient” team that finished. But it was clear early in the game that Wentz would need to keep pace with Rodgers. Even if it didn’t come with yardage, it came with points. Wentz speaks often about “situational” football. The Eagles scored on all four red-zone trips on Thursday, which allowed them to stay ahead throughout the second half.

13 thoughts on the Eagles’ incredibly impressive win over the Packers - BGN
One of the best wins of the Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz era, for sure. Beating Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau just isn’t easy. The Packers were 65-16-1 at home since Rodgers became the starting quarterback in 2008. That’s the second best home winning percentage in the NFL, only behind the New England Patriots. But wait! There’s even more context. Aaron Rodgers was 58-0-1 when leading by 10+ points at any point at home, per Elias Sports. He is now 58-1-1. Just an incredibly impressive win by the Eagles.

The Kist & Solak Show #125: The Craig James Emergency Pod - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to a huge road win for the Eagles over the Packers on Thursday Night Football! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Packers game - PhillyVoice
1) The ‘Statement Win’ Award: Carson Wentz and the Eagles. There’s an argument to be made that this was the best win the Eagles have had as a team under Wentz. Facing a potential 1-3 record, the Eagles’ backs were against the wall heading into this matchup, and it looked like things might go sideways quickly after the Packers jumped out to a 10-0 lead. But the Eagles remained resilient, as they (almost) always have been under Doug Pederson, and they battled back for a huge win. Carson Wentz got a boost from the rushing attack, and wasn’t needed to put the team on his back. There’s an argument to be made that Wentz played better in Weeks 2 and 3, which of course were games that the Eagles lost.

What a Win - Iggles Blitz
The run game was a thing of beauty. Jordan Howard ran 15 times for 87 yards. He punished tacklers on a regular basis. Howard ran for two scores and also caught a TD pass. Sanders ran 11 times for 72 yards, including one run for 30 yards. Of course, the run game is nothing without the big guys up front opening holes. The Eagles O-line played their best game of the year. Carson Wentz wasn’t sacked and RBs regularly had big holes to run through. I don’t know how Packers coaches are going to be able to sit through that game tape. It was ugly, for them. Let’s also make sure we give credit to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. They blocked well and helped open holes for the runners. Ertz caught seven passes and Goedert had a TD catch. The Eagles had a lot of success using 12 personnel.

What a win! Eagles come up with big plays to win thriller! -
No doubt about that. The Eagles had gone through two tough-to-swallow losses at Atlanta and then on Sunday against Detroit, and head coach Doug Pederson ran his record to 4-0 on short-week games. Winning at Lambeau Field on a short week? How much does this mean? “It’s one game, but it shows what we’re made of,” Cox said. “We had guys go down. That’s been our season so far. The next man just stepped up and we got it done.” Yes, they did, unleashing a devastating running game, an opportunistic defense, and the continued brilliance of quarterback Carson Wentz. Two-and-two is not exactly where we thought the Eagles would be, but all things considered, it’s going to be a sweet weekend of rest and relaxation for a team that deserves it.

Jordan Howard, Eagles pound their way to a hope-restoring win - ESPN
Eye-popping stat: The Eagles are one of six teams this season that have trailed by at least 10 points in every game, per ESPN Stats & Information research. The other five teams have a combined record of 1-13-1 (through Thursday night).

Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and Eagles’ running game finally click against Packers - NBCSP
“After the past few weeks, we got with them and explained what we were seeing and how we were blocking it and how they want us to block it, and how we want them to run,” Brandon Brooks said. “In the middle of practice, man, if we didn’t like the way it was ran? ‘Hey! This is where you need to run it, this is where we’re blocking it.’ I think we just held each other accountable. If we didn’t like how a play went at practice, we would start over. If we didn’t like the execution of a play, we would start over. If we didn’t like how a running back was running the ball or how we were blocking it for him, we would just do it over until we were all on the same page.”

The Eagles’ Win Over the Packers Re-established Them As an NFC Power - The Ringer
There is no such thing as a “must-win” game in Week 4 of the NFL. There is simply too much of the season left for any team to be in a situation that dire just yet and there’s plenty of time to fix any mistakes. But for the Eagles, who came to Green Bay with an underwhelming 1-2 record, Thursday Night Football against the 3-0 Packers felt about as “must win” as a game in September can get. It’s not that Philly isn’t good enough to beat long odds (14.4 percent of teams that begin the season 1-3 do end up eventually making the playoffs), it just would have been one hell of an uphill climb for Carson Wentz and Co. Seven of the Eagles’ final 12 games feature opponents with winning records, including the Patriots (3-0), Bills (3-0), Seahawks (2-1), Bears (2-1), Vikings (2-1), and two clashes with the Cowboys (3-0).

Packers lose heartbreaker on late interception, fall to Eagles 34-27 - Acme Packing Company
They’re still 3-1, remain in first place, and just saw their All-World quarterback play like the Marvel character he’s been most of his career (but wasn’t most of last season). The Eagles came in the desperate team and they played that way. They have the Super Bowl pedigree this young Green Bay team lacks, for now. How this team responds with extra time off and a trip to NFC powerhouse Dallas next week will offer important insight into what kind of team this is and where LaFleur is in his coaching development. This loss won’t define the season unless the Packers let it.

Jaguars offense already more aggressive than past seasons - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense overall has been an improvement from the 2018 season, where at times it felt like watching grass grow and maybe even speeding up to paint drying. Many were excited by the hiring of John DeFilippo, especially because he was fired for allegedly not running the football enough, to a team who seemed to try to run the football too much. The Jaguars still run the ball a good bit, but their passing game has been a massive change and part of that has to do with the aggression DeFilippo is showing on first down, even with sixth-round rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II.

The Jaguars only have themselves to blame for the Jalen Ramsey debacle - SB Nation
It’s clear Ramsey has lost faith that the Jaguars are an organization capable of turning things around. It’s hard to blame him, considering the mistakes the team has made to slam its Super Bowl window shut.


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