The Eagles are 2-0 after a solid win over the Vikings. Time to hand out some winners, losers, and IDs.
Jalen gets hurt.
Undefeated. Be careful 1972 Dolphins.
Jalen gets hurt.
Can’t say enough good things about Horts’ performance on Monday night. His 1st week outing wasn’t bad by any means but it made me want to see more. To his credit, Hearts delivered way beyond expectations.
His final stat line: 26/31 (83.9% completion), 333 yards (10.7 avg.), 1 TD, 1 INT (not his foul ball from Kenneth Gaineswell), 108.7 passer rating. 11 carries for 57 yards and 2 rush TDs. So 390 yards of offense and 21 points.
Speaking after the game, Nick Sirianni said Hearts were in “total control”. It cannot be argued otherwise.
It damaged everything.
As a traveler, he was incredibly prepared. He knew exactly where to go with the ball and got it there time and time again with incredible accuracy. He worked at all levels of the field and was particularly good at throwing over the middle, which was a previous weakness for him. There really isn’t much you can ask of him. Even his imperfection was good! Issue:
Hurts made a wonderful throw to beat Quaith Watkins on the left, but only missed a holding penalty.
As a runner, Harts took his positions as opposed to relying on his legs more often than not. His 26-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-2 was incredibly impressive. Although he could have easily gone out of the goal, he saw a weakness and fought to meet the attacker and widened the ball to be counted for a goal.
Injuries will no doubt come into play on Monday night. He looks like a franchise quarterback that the Eagles would be more than happy to sign to a long-term contract extension after this season.
More than that, though, he looks like a busted NFL MVP candidate out there. It was a needle-moving performance that would bring the Eagles’ ceiling to legitimacy. Super Bowl Competitors.
Very interesting stuff!
Jalen gets hurt on 3rd down against the Vikings.
5/5 passing for 52 yards, 3 first downs
5 for 50 yards, 2 first downs, 1 TD
1 sack taken#Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) September 20, 2022
Jalen Harts is the 7th QB with at least 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 1 passing touchdown and 2 rushing touchdowns in a game.
Jalen Harts did it with an 83% completion percentage. pic.twitter.com/D8adAsUAGE
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 20, 2022
NFL leaders in EPA back in Week 3:
1. Josh Allen (0.45)
2. Patrick Mahomes (0.42)
3. Jalen Hurts (0.38)
— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) September 20, 2022
Slay went up against the NFL’s best wide receiver and absolutely nailed it.
Jefferson was targeted 12 times and had just six receptions for 48 yards (long of 11). 8.0 yards per reception is the second-lowest mark of Jefferson’s career. The only game worse for him was in Week 5 of his rookie season when he averaged 7.7.
According to Pro Football Focus, Slay was targeted eight times and accounted for just two receptions for 19 yards. Slay landed two picks and in better hands could have gotten at least one or two more.
Being able to shut down a top receiver like that is huge.
Darius Slay had more receptions allowed (2) and interceptions (1) on 5 targets as the tight end for Justin Jefferson.
– Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 20, 2022
Are we sure Gannon didn’t go back to coach Minnesota to coordinate the Vikings defense in this game?! Because the injury numbers are similar to the performances that Gannon’s defense has allowed in the past.
Jokes aside, for the first time since being hired by the Eagles, Gannon didn’t cut a terrible quarter! While it didn’t dispel all doubts about him, it was a step in the right direction.
Ganon became more aggressive against the Vikings and, hey, you know what? Many times it worked better than sitting down!
Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon struck out Kirk Cousins 10 times, including 6 last week.
Cousins faced pressure with a 22 percent drop, the 8th highest in Week 2.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) September 20, 2022
NICK SIRIANNI/SHANE sticks
Combining the head coach and offensive coordinator here. In the win, they managed the most passing yards (which didn’t add up to garbage time production) in an efficient performance that produced the most passing yards of their Eagles tenure. Among the highlights is Quais Watkins, who is widely set to explore.
With the Eagles scoring zero points on their final four drives in the second half, it’s fair to wonder if the offense was a little conservative. Obviously the good outweighs the bad.
Goedert caught five of six targets for 82 yards to lead the Eagles in receiving. He is currently averaging 17.8 yards per reception this season, which ranks 15th among all NFL players. He is second only to Ian Thomas, with just three tackles at 22.0, while Goedert has eight. Goedert is a very efficient target.
In addition to his passing ability, Goedert also excelled in blocking. He directly tackled All-Pro safety Harrison Smith to pave the way for Hart’s 26-yard rushing touchdown.
When Devonta saw his first target of the game, it was amazing. The Eagles knew they had to get him more involved following a zero-catch performance in Week 1. Smith caught all seven of his targets for 80 yards. He was a reliable chain mover in the middle of the field, picking up five first basemen. After last week, no one should have seriously worried about Devonta…but it was still nice to see him involved.
After not even seeing a target in Week 1, it was good to see Quetzal involved. It’s clear that Watkins’ touchdown is blowing through the Vikings’ coverage. Two for 69 and a score is a good day at the office if you’re not a top three target in the team, though. This is Watkins’ role. He doesn’t see volume as much as he gets opportunities to make a big play or two.
Although it was a quieter game than his 155-yard performance in Week 1, Brown had a solid game with five catches for 69 yards. First, he submitted two invitations. His presence undoubtedly opened up opportunities for his colleagues.
Unless something goes wrong, he won’t be a volume producer. But Pascal is a quietly high-potential contributor. He had a huge third down conversion last week in Detroit and another on the Eagles’ first drive of this game. Pascal is a great complementary player. The threat he presents in these situations means that defenses cannot be the only key against the big stars.
Edwards was very active and had a box score with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), one loss, one pass deflection (to force a punt) and one quarterback hit. The Eagles’ senior linebacker had a great game.
Maddox notched his fourth career interception and first since October 2021. The pick came at a crucial time as the Vikings blocked a field goal that was returned to the Eagles’ 30-yard line. Maddox held Minnie to at least two possessions late in the third quarter.
Sweat produced a team-high four hurries. He also logged three TFLs. Sweat ended the game by sacking Cousins on the final play.
A Cox strip sack turned a 3rd-and-10 into a 4th-and-22. It’s good to see Cox making more of an impact at quarterback than he has in quite some time. Cox had 1.5 sacks this season, two shy of last year’s total. Cox didn’t surpass the 1.5 sack mark until late December last season.
As you can tell, I’m feeling generous with the winners this week. And why don’t you feel such good performance? But Bradberry was quietly fine with Slay stealing the spotlight. Cousins had a passer rating of 65.4 per PFF when targeting Bradberry.
I thought he missed a couple of opportunities to break up balls as a pass catcher. And a moment like this, in part, because he caught it instead of doing it cleanly.
As a running back, however, he averaged 17 carries for 80 yards (4.7). An under-the-radar performance with a focus on damage and passing options.
Sipos saved seven points while chasing Chris Boyd to prevent a touchdown on a blocked field goal by the Eagles. I can’t imagine that every advocate would have that problem.
I’m feeling full of all the ravenousness that Roseman made me eat by doubting him. Kudos to the Eagles general manager for building another contender.
Can’t imagine rooting for him as your favorite team’s starting quarterback. He’s not the worst QB in the NFL … but he’s the worst QB he’s had. He really is the original. Quarterback purgatory quarter time.
After seeing this before the game started, I wanted to change my game prediction from a Vikings win to an Eagles win.
#PersourceDon’t miss Justin Jefferson at the postgame press conference tonight if the Vikings win.
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) September 19, 2022
Between that and his comments about being happy the Eagles didn’t draft him, the vibe didn’t work in his favor. Jefferson wrote checks that he could not cash.
So much for getting “revenge” on the former team.
Slay had more catches (2 to 1) and yards per catch (19 to 7) than Regor did in this game.
The Eagles got a 2023 seventh-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick (a possible fourth) from the Vikings in a Regour trade.
For all the good things the Eagles have going on, this is a clear area where they need to improve. The Birds (18) are the second most penalized NFL team in two weeks, just behind him Denver Broncos (25)
The Eagles had four penalties in their first four drives against the Vikings. They are called upon to have the offensive lineman farthest down the field. While the lawyers are making the tough calls, the Eagles need to do more to make sure they aren’t shooting themselves in the foot.
The Eagles had a field goal blocked.
It’s clear the Vikings aren’t afraid of the Eagles’ counterattack as they use mortar strikes. Quez Watkins had two punt returns for 13 yards. While it’s not entirely his fault, I fail to see how they were their best choice back there. Britain should see Covey in this capacity. Of course, it’s not like Covey shined as a punt returner this week.
CJGJ was voted the Eagles’ worst defensive player by PFF last week. He ranked as their second-worst defender this week (behind only Patrick Johnson).
After losing several joints in Detroit, CJGJ only had one this time. So progress?
CJGJ appeared guilty of allowing what should have been a deep touchdown to Irv Smith Jr. when the tight end didn’t throw the pass. If that mistake isn’t made, the Vikings have 14 points at halftime.
Again, CJGJ deserves a certain level of patience to adjust to a new location on short notice. Opposition groups will not be forgiving and will want to target him.
The Eagles hope to see improvement as the season continues.