Ten sightings of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions blowout
The Eagles did what they had to.
They had to win. They had to be the winless Detroit Lions.
Except that they didn’t just win. They knocked them out, 44-6, narrowly missing a shutout when Detroit scored with just over seven minutes left in Sunday’s game at Ford Field.
Many called for a close game. Even Vegas thought it would, installing Philadelphia as a three-point favorite.
Well, it’s clear the Eagles can lead the ball, and how different was the offense with Boston Scott and Jordan Howard pounding?
Running play could – and should – be a factor next week against a Chargers team that entered the week with the worst running defense, allowing 5.5 yards per carry to the opposing fullbacks.
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For now, however, it is about the Lions. It’s about Nick Sirianni and his players responding to his messages – very importantly – no matter how unique.
Here are my 10 observations of Sunday’s resounding victory:
Well done to Lane Johnson. Eagles RT spoke to FOX’s Jay Glazer about his anxiety and depression in a pre-kickoff interview. Johnson then spoke to reporters about the Eagles for the first time since being eliminated in Weekend 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
His fight cost him three games.
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Johnson, however, said he “felt stable” after resuming his medication. He said he tried to do without his prescribed medication, but it made him worse and he was suffering from withdrawal.
Anxiety and depression became increasingly prevalent in the sport, with gymnast Simone Biles admitting a problem during the Olympics, then Falcons star WR Calvin Ridley saying on Sunday he was stepping away from the game to control his mental health.
Glare-glare 1. Sirianni used Jalen Reagor in the running game on his first touchdown. The receiver carried twice for 21 yards, with both carries going for the first downs. One of the descents went backwards. The coach also requested an inside pass from the 2-yard line that was originally a touchdown but canceled on the restart.
âYou want to be able to steal yards in certain ways,â Sirianni said. âYou aren’t always able to perform the reverse gadget or the reaction sweep that we did, the d (defensive) ends have to cooperate. You must have certain techniques outside the defenses, certain matches that we do not participate in with those planned.
“The way we spotted this team and the way they were with their defensive ends, we thought they gave us an advantage to give Jalen (Hurts) a few touches because we want to give Jalen a few touches because he’s a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. So you know we were able to fly a few yards. “
Dazzle-dazzle 2. Sirianni also showed panache when he called for a Kenny Gainwell back pass to Hurts at the end of the first half. Hurts caught Gainwell’s back pitch and then hit Dallas Goedert for a 15-yard gain, keeping the Eagles on a game that led to a 17-0 lead over Howard’s first TD of the game, a four-yard run. with 2:51 left until halftime.
Kick-off coverage is missing. It’s finicky in a resounding victory, but the first two kickoffs were sent to the 34 and 30 yard lines. Even on the final kickoff, which was hit deep in the end zone, the cover kept the returner close to the 25.
What are the ankles of the first quarter? For the second week in a row, the Eagles lost a key player in the first quarter. This time, it was Reagor who injured his ankle after having been a big part of the walk during the first TD drive. Last week, Miles Sanders injured his ankle after being a key figure in the team’s first touchdown.
Sanders ended up on the IR. Hopefully Reagor will not suffer the same fate.
Penalties. They are no longer a problem and have not been for a third game in a row. Against the Lions, the Eagles had only two for 15 yards. Both players and coaches are rewarded for reducing errors.
âWe will continue to improve,â said Hurts. âWe went from last week to this week. We did a better job of eliminating the mental errors, we got out of the group faster. We are very effective in attack, defense and special teams. Overall it’s a great team win, and we want to build on it.
Bags, not bags. The Eagles’ offensive line didn’t allow an entire game sack for the first time this season. It certainly helped that they only attempted 16 passes. It’s still remarkable.
As for the defense, they had only 11 sacks at the start of the match. Only three teams had fewer – the Jaguars and Chiefs with eight each, and the Falcons with eight. The Cowboys also only had 11.
The Eagles, however, added six to that total, with rookies Milton Williams and Tarron Jackson not being the first of their careers and Derek Barnett getting his first of the season to give him 20.5 in his career.
It was the Eagles’ first six-sack game since 2011, when they had nine against Miami, and it was the first time five different players had at least one sack in a road game since 2010 against Jacksonville.
Stuff project. The Dolphins have lost again and are 1-7. That could lead to the Eagles’ No.1 pick in next spring’s draft. Of course, the Lions have to find a way to win once or twice for that to happen, and that doesn’t seem possible after what we saw from them on Sunday.
Still, this Miami pick is going to be juicy.
40 – Years since the last time the Eagles ran over 200 yards and had two rushers (Leroy Harris and Wilbert Montgomery) scoring two touchdowns apiece. Of course, Boston Scott and Jordan Howard each had two and Philly ran for 236.
8 – First quarters, the Eagles have scored points this season, meaning every game they’ve played. This has never happened in the history of the team.
3 – Eagles wins, all on the road.
Dallas Goedert is stepping up. Since the exchange of Zach Ertz two weeks ago, the new tight end No.1 has not disappointed.
He has been targeted seven times against the Lions. Considering there were only 16 attempted passes, that’s about half of the targets. He had six catches for 72 yards.
Last week against the Raiders, he was targeted five times and made three receptions for 70 yards and a two-point conversion catch.
Ed Kracz is SI.com’s Eagle Maven editor and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news on www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles Where www.eaglemaven.com and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.