This was the most complete game the Philadelphia Eagles have played all year, beating the New York Jets 45-19. Honestly, I think I’m more frustrated than I am happy. Of course, I’m happy that the Eagles won, but it’s frustrating because if they would have played anything like this against Arizona, Buffalo etc, they would be in the drivers seat for the NFC East crown.
LeSean McCoy highlighted the Eagles offense, rushing for 102 yards on 18 carries scoring three touchdowns. In the process, he passed Steve Van Buren for most touchdowns in a season by an Eagles tailback. He now has 20 total touchdowns this season.
Michael Vick also played a great game, completing 15 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 32 yards and scored
running the football. This is his first rushing touchdown since the Minnesota game last season. One of the most encouraging stats is that Vick spread the ball around to six different receivers.
The offensive line played their best game of the season. Howard Mudd has certainly done a good job developing the young guys up front. This trend will need to continue next week in Dallas.
Turnovers continued to be a problem. Luckily, it did not cost them today.
The Eagles have played a good defensive game back to back weeks for the first time this season. Juqua Parker started the defensive dominance early in the first quarter when he returned a Jets fumble for a touchdown. It only got better from there. The defense dominated Mark Sanchez for four quarters, putting the offense in good field position.
Shonn Greene was held to just 73 yards on 18 carries. Jason Babin and the defensive line were impenetrable the entire game, which forced the Jets to pass. However, that did not work either. Mark Sanchez was forced out of the pocket many times and rushed most of his throws.
The points that the Eagles did give up came as a result of an offensive turnover. Overall, it was a great day for the Eagles defense.
The funny thing about coaching is that when the team plays well, the coaches look great. But when the team looks bad, the coaches look terrible. This season has been a combination of bad coaching and players not making plays. However, I think this season has been more about the players not making plays. Granted, the coaches haven’t always done a great job putting the players in the best position, but it’s not the coaches fault the players are missing tackles, fumbling the football etc. Those are things that all football players learn at the Pop Warner level.
The Eagles stayed alive in the NFC East today by winning and the Giants losing. I’ll break down the current scenarios later this week.
Even if the Eagles don’t win the division, it is still encouraging to see this team starting to jell. It’s just frustrating that they didn’t play like this earlier in the season.