The Eagles beat the Saints! Time at hand out some winners, losers, and IDKs.
WILD CARD FEVER
Beating New Orleans used to be a mountainous deal. The Eagles’ playoff odds elevated by 17.9% to 43.1% overall, constant with Soccer Outsiders.
Right here’s a behold on the latest NFC playoff listing:
The Eagles are potentially having a behold at both the sixth or seventh seed. It’s no longer a assure that they’ll win there. But it no doubt race does in actuality feel possible. The Birds delight in THE top possible final schedule within the NFL with their opponents having a combined .397 winning percentage. For point of view, the next top possible is at .411.
Barring a multitude of devastating accidents/substandard superb fortune and their competitors getting red sizzling (knock on wood), it’s difficult to deem the Eagles no longer being within the playoffs. Silly to reach this kind of stage of self assurance after the personnel started 2-5.
Luxuriate in the Eagles found their unusual franchise quarterback?
It seems to be too early to train Hurts is no doubt deserving of a lucrative long-time period contract extension. But that’s no longer a choice that will most possible be made unless after next season on the earliest, anyway.
What we can yelp is that Hurts helps his case for the Eagles to at least bring him encourage as their starter for 2022. He’s taking half in winning football.
Hurts’ passing numbers were admittedly pedestrian. He finished gorgeous 54.1% of his attempts for 147 yards (6.1 per strive), 0 TD, 0 INT, and a 72.7 passer ranking. You wouldn’t possess that’s the starting quarterback for a personnel that gorgeous scored 40 points in a purchase.
But Hurts’ speeding impact can’t be undersold. He effectively contributed three speeding touchdowns — the major quarterback in Eagles history to reach as mighty in a game — and 69 yards on 18 carries. His filthy crossover on a keeper sealed the sport:
Hurts’ presence within the backfield also helps the Eagles’ working backs since defenders delight in to yarn for the quarterback as a speeding chance. Miles Sanders talked about as mighty after the sport:
“It is a mountainous set. It is opening the holes up a lot for all of us, seriously Jordan [Howard] who played a heck of a game sooner than he got wound. Having Jalen makes it ten times less complicated, nonetheless you [also] in actuality delight in to give credit to the [offensive line].”
On the overall, the Eagles ran for a season-excessive 242 yards against the NFL’s No. 1-ranked speeding defense (72.9 yards allowed per game). They’ve gone for 200+ speeding yards in three of their final four games.
Jalen Hurts continues to narrate he’s a particular runner.
ninth in NFL with 618 yards. On droop for 955 speeding yards.
fifth in speeding TDs (8).
Put off kneel-downs, and Hurts is 1st in success price (60.3%) and 2nd in YPC (6.2).
— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) November 22, 2021
Getting encourage to Hurts as a passer, he did a beautiful job of keeping the ball out of inconvenience’s procedure. He also made some compulsory third down throws, including a pair to Dallas Goedert on Philly’s first touchdown power. He deserves credit for those issues.
That being said, there are serene questions about Hurts’ capacity to lift the offense alongside with his arm. And despite the indisputable reality that that he hasn’t wanted to originate that no longer too long ago, it’s potentially going to be required one day down the road. One would possess the Eagles aren’t merely going so to flee the ball effectively the overall technique to winning the Tidy Bowl. (Or can they?!) We seen some of that on this game when Jordan Howard went down and the offense stalled for a stretch sooner than finally closing the sport.
Hurts himself admitted frustration with the Eagles’ offensive miscues in and around the red zone that brought on the personnel to settle for four Jake Elliott subject fair attempts. He in actuality brought it up unprompted when requested about his ankle-breaking crossover:
“I gorgeous made a play. I behold at it as a subject in a game. We clearly had drives. I’m in actuality frustrated from the drives that we didn’t ranking within the red zone that we must delight in. We had a couple of psychological errors, a couple of issues that lets delight in managed that didn’t happen. We didn’t attain. It allowed them to reach encourage into the sport and we saved giving them gorgeous subject subject and so that they scored. It shouldn’t delight in even been that procedure, nonetheless nonetheless I gorgeous possess there’s so mighty to be taught from this game. There’s moderately plenty of gorgeous to recall some distance from the sport too.”
This wasn’t an elite performance. Hurts finished Week 11 as Expert Soccer Focal point’s graded 18th out of 29 quarterbacks.
That’s OK. The Eagles won and he helped them stable the victory. He has more alternatives to encourage proving himself. He wants to encourage stacking particular performances.
The Eagles are 3-1 in their final four games after starting out 2-5. They’re within the playoff hunt. Sirianni deserves credit for turning around this personnel. Going up against lesser quarterbacks/opponents has no doubt helped. But it no doubt’s no longer delight in the Eagles delight in merely slipped by those groups as mighty as they’ve dominated them. Factual groups beat up on the substandard ones.
JG used to be having a behold delight in JJ obtainable with the overall blitzes the Eagles were working. They sent extra defenders at Trevor Siemian on more than one third downs on this game, which resulted in forcing three-and-outs and turnovers.
Talking of the latter, the Eagles got right here away with three takeaways on this one: 1) T.J. Edwards’ interception, 2) Darius Kill’s purchase-six, and 3) Fletcher Cox’s forced fumble. Credit score the avid gamers for making plays; it’s no longer delight in they were all schemed up by the defensive coordinator.
This wasn’t an A+ performance by Gannon. The Eagles serene allowed 29 points to a backup quarterback, which isn’t ideal. In equity, seven of those points got right here on a extraordinarily gorgeous 3rd-and-fair throw from the 18-yard line by Siemian after Miles Sanders fumbled to give the Saints the ball at Philly’s 6-yard line. One more seven got right here when the Eagles were taking half in gentle and allowed a rubbish time touchdown.
The underside line with Gannon’s defense is that it’s been ready to win outcomes against lesser quarterbacks. Against the simpler ones? Smartly, that’s a assorted yarn. However the Eagles aren’t facing any of those dudes unless Week 18 on the earliest.
Edwards used to be a beast on this game. He led the personnel in total tackles with 10 (one TFL). He also logged an interception, two passes defensed, and the recovery on Cox’s forced fumble. Edwards used to be rewarded with a one-year contract extension that can construct race he’s with the personnel by at least 2022. Edwards is PFF’s sixth-top possible graded linebacker since he seen an lengthen in taking half in time in Week 8. The Eagles finally delight in a beautiful starting linebacker?! A minimum of, a competent one.
Plentiful Play Kill resides as a lot as his nickname this season. After simplest scoring one touchdown in his first 125 games, he somehow has three in his final four games. For the 2nd week in a row, his ranking helped to change the complexion of the sport.
With the Eagles up by 13 points, the Saints were at 2nd-and-5 from their very possess 41-yard line with 0: 24 on the clock. New Orleans could perchance’ve had a chance to win a subject fair or recall a Hail Mary shot. As an alternate, Kill did a immense job of capitalizing on a rushed Siemian throw to construct it a 20-point game going into halftime … with Philly getting the ball to open the third quarter.
Kill’s been very gorgeous this season. He’s in actuality PFF’s No. 1 overall graded nook. Unlike final year (111.9 passer ranking when targeted, he’s taking half in delight in the elite cornerback the Eagles are paying him to be (80.0 passer ranking when targeted).
JoHo ran 10 times for 63 yards, main all Eagles rushers with a 6.3 average. He’s so difficult to reside working on the encourage of this offensive line. They continuously give him the subject to plow forward for particular yardage and Howard recurrently takes revenue.
There used to be a power on this game the place the Eagles ran Howard five straight times for the next positive aspects: 18, 9, 4, 13, and 4. That got Philly to the Saints’ 27-yard line. The Eagles finally settled for a subject fair to construct it a 13-point game at that portion. Regardless, it’s nice to dangle they delight in an option that they don’t desire to overthink. Honest give the ball to JoHo and let him bowl over the defense. Even though it’s the head-ranked flee D within the NFL.
Confidently Howard’s knee inconvenience isn’t too severe. It seems to be particular that he used to be ready to reside on the sideline versus being taken interior to win checked out.
UPDATE: Sirianni said Howard will possible trail away out Week 12 nonetheless has a chance to play in Week 13. NFL insider Adam Schefter in point of fact helpful that Howard could perchance sit down unless after the Eagles’ Week 14 bye, despite the indisputable reality that.
THE OFFENSIVE LINE
Hurts got sacked three times nonetheless he also held on to the ball procedure longer than any quarterback at 3.86 seconds (Taylor Heinicke used to be 2nd at 3.24 seconds). The road gave him moderately plenty of smooth pockets to work with. As well they cleared the path for Philly’s speeding success every other time.
The Eagles delight in PFF’s fourth-top possible graded cross blocking OL and eighth-top possible graded flee blocking OL on the season.
Fresh off his lucrative contract extension, Goedert led all Eagles cross-catchers in snaps played (75), targets (8), receptions (5), and yards (62). He had a couple of mountainous conversions, including his crazy
one-handed three-fingered dangle:
Goedert wasn’t some distance off from having two touchdowns on this game. It regarded delight in he could perchance honest had the ball substandard the fair line after breaking more than one tackles (Hurts scored a 1-yard speeding TD instead). Goedert did a pleasant job to expose from Malcolm Jenkins to preserve every other ranking … that got referred to as encourage by two penalties (DeVonta Smith OPI, Jack Driscoll illegally downfield).
Maddox, who lives with Goedert, also no longer too long ago obtained an extension. He’s had a beautiful season and that persevered on Sunday with Philly’s slot CB taking half in sticky protection. Maddox’s passer ranking allowed is gorgeous 76.6.
No longer the biggest day for DeVonta nonetheless he used to be atmosphere pleasant with four catches for 61 yards (15.3 average). His 33-yard fabricate on a crosser used to be fun to search since he used to be ready to shake Marshon Lattimore to purchase up some precious YAC.
JJAW’s first preserve of the season got right here at a mountainous time. The Eagles offense used to be coming off two straight three-and-outs and nine total drives without a touchdown that seen Philly’s lead shrink to 11 points. On 2nd-and-11 from the Eagles’ 25-yard line, Hurts hit JJAW for a 23-yard fabricate. The Birds then went on to ice the sport.
Talking in his postgame presser, Sirianni used to be effusive in unprompted reward for JJAW.
Q. When QB Jalen Hurts had the 24-yard touchdown flee and made the cross on the man, how demoralizing originate you watched it is some distance to a defense when they possess they delight in him bottled up and he breaks free?
COACH SIRIANNI: I possess in that scenario, too, with what the ranking used to be and the procedure it used to be going, I got too conservative. I’ll yelp that lawful now. I’ll yelp it out loud. I got a chunk conservative with the play calling that allowed them to work their procedure encourage into the sport. In notify that’s on me. But Jalen made a immense play. And the man be taught the play moderately well and made a immense cross. It used to be awesome. It used to be a immense particular individual play by Jalen.
I’d also delight in to behold J.J.’s [Arcega-Whiteside] play that he made in a severe time. Because of I possess every person within the stadium felt, and likewise you guys potentially felt, it more or much less slipping a chunk bit. They were coming encourage into the sport. We wanted it. Used to be it a 23, 26-yard fabricate? I don’t know what it used to be. But a mountainous-time play by a man that’s had a tricky week. And I don’t desire to give his non-public info out so I’m no longer going to, nonetheless he’s had a tricky week. And for him to trail out and construct the form of play that he made lawful there, I delight in J.J.
I possess he embodies the toughness of this city and this football personnel. He’s been requested to originate issues that he hasn’t been requested to originate sooner than. He’s been requested to be a particular groups man that in actuality is gritty and tricky because he has that in his body.
He’s been requested to be our blocking form of receiver in severe times. So, it used to be immense to reward him with a preserve in that scenario.
And I’m gorgeous so contented for him that he made that form of play and helped more or much less reside the bleeding in that power and construct a mountainous play to help us more or much less place that game away.
We continuously vote for participant of the sport. We continuously vote for play of the sport. That evidently, I wager I got the trump card because I’m the head coach, that can perchance perchance be the play of the sport. I’ll expose [Eagles offensive coordinator] Shane [Steichen] that on the procedure house.
JJAW clearly hasn’t reach shut to residing as a lot as the expectations for a 2nd-round purchase. But he’s at least salvaged his profession to a diploma by carving out a feature as a particular groups man and blocking WR, recurrently doing the soiled work. He answered the bell when his number used to be referred to as in a mountainous win 22 situation on this game. Factual for JJAW.
The sack manufacturing serene isn’t what you’d desire it to be nonetheless Cox has been more active no longer too long ago. Plentiful play to power a fumble and help the Eagles recall a 33 to 7 lead.
After going 4/4 on Sunday, Elliott is 18/20 (90%) from subject fair fluctuate on the season. He’s serene superb on extra points at 29/29. Elliott’s 16 points scored on Sunday marked a single-game profession-excessive for him.
Followers got to survey the major Eagles purchase on the Linc in 343 days! And the major Eagles encourage-to-encourage purchase in 385 days.
The Eagles delight in juice again. They’re a likeable community that has a true likelihood of going to the playoffs. Been too long since the Birds supplied this pleasure.
Payton and the Saints in actuality don’t delight in the Eagles. I wrote about this final year:
I customarily don’t delight in to acknowledge one-sided affairs as “rivalries.” It’s difficult for the Eagles to name the New York Giants lawful rivals anymore, as an instance, given how they gorgeous continuously beat the G-Men. You even delight in Giants fans admitting as mighty.
So, there’s a phase of me that hesitates to dub the Saints because the Eagles’ biggest non-division rival.
But then I possess about how Sean Payton had the Saints’ personnel bus driver originate laps around Lincoln Financial Self-discipline after they beat the Eagles. I possess about how Alvin Kamara said the Saints would delight in “beat the shit out of” the Eagles within the 2018 NFC Championship Game if they didn’t embarrassingly choke against the Minnesota Vikings. I possess about how Kamara and Label Ingram (now with the Baltimore Ravens) mocked the Eagles’ ski masks and referred to the Eagles as “fraudulents.” I possess about how Sean Payton used to be so willing to boast to Peter King about how the Saints viewed Carson Wentz and Sidney Jones because the Eagles’ frail points in 2019. I possess about how the Saints played the anthem of the Eagles’ 2017 Tidy Bowl season — Meek Mill’s Dreams And Nightmares — within the locker room after beating Philly within the 2019 divisional round.
The Saints delight in made it non-public.
The Saints are 0-2 in their final two journeys to Philly. Albeit in assorted ways, both losses broken New Orleans’ playoff outlook.
Consume it, Saints.
“It” meaning the 40-burger the Eagles dropped on you.
(Aspect display: Payton kicking a subject fair from the 10-yard line to construct it an 11-point game with over seven minutes final used to be hilariously cowardly.)
CARL GRANDERSON’S ANKLES
A particular: Reagor used to be 4/43 on punt returns. A 10.75 average is gorgeous!
As a kick returner, despite the indisputable reality that? Reagor simplest had 51 yards on three returns (17.0 average), which is substandard! His 21.1 yards per kick return this season puts him 15th out of 20 qualified returners. Reagor made some substandard choices to flee the ball out of the tip zone earlier this season. That didn’t happen on Sunday since the Saints deliberately kicked it wanting the fair line to power Reagor to return it. They clearly seen the Eagles’ 2020 first-round purchase as a weak point.
It’s hilariously on trace for me to counsel that Eagles need to name up Jason Huntley from the put together squad to return kicks … nonetheless they in point of fact need to. He has a discover anecdote of being gorgeous at that!
Reagor has clearly been invisible on offense. 10 receptions for 63 yards in his final eight games. -3 yards on his final four offensive touches. His taking half in time is constant with his draft residing and never merit.
Kenny G started the season as RB2 and now he’s a healthy scratch as RB4. It doesn’t imply he doesn’t delight in a promising profession sooner than him. But a bummer to come one day of it trail this model.
The Eagles’ three first-round picks dropped in Week 11 with the Eagles, Colts, and Dolphins all winning. Indy’s surprising blowout victory over Buffalo is terribly anxious. Whereas it used to be as soon as having a behold delight in the Eagles could delight in three high 10 picks, it now seems to be delight in they would perchance perchance honest delight in none.
Peaceful gorgeous to thrill in three firsts no topic the actual subject, clearly.
Then again, Howie Roseman’s first-round picks out of doorways of the head 12 haven’t been immense! Gawk: Marcus Smith, Derek Barnett, Andre Dillard, Jalen Reagor.
THE DALLAS COWBOYS
They’re 1-2 in their final three games after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday evening. (Thanks for the help, Plentiful Red!)
The Cowboys are serene potentially going to purchase the NFC East; they delight in a 86.4% likelihood of doing so, constant with Soccer Outsiders. But that’s down from 95.7% sooner than Week 11. The Eagles’ slight chances of winning the division elevated from 3.1% to 11.2%.
If Dallas continues to hotfoot, the Birds will possible be there to recall revenue.
The field ranking seems to be gorgeous: 16 carries for 94 yards (5.9 average). Sanders broke some explosive runs, including a protracted of 25.
But it no doubt’s difficult to entirely gloss over Sanders’ fumble that gave the Saints the ball at Philly’s 6-yard line. Sanders practically had every other fumble that used to be avoided by the refs blowing his forward development dumb. No longer gorgeous to be placing management within the official’s palms delight in that. (Also no longer gorgeous to be working out of bounds to reside the clock slack within the fourth quarter every other time.)
Sanders finished Week 11 because the Eagles’ worst graded offensive participant by PFF. He ranked 41st out of 41 working backs.
There’s no denying Sanders brings a mountainous play component to the offense. And he could perchance deserve some slack in his first game encourage from an ankle inconvenience.
Most possible we’ll look more consistency from No. 26 interesting forward. But when the flee game starts to fight one day, the Birds need to be leaning an increasing number of on Howard.
Jordan Howard: 68 games, 6 fumbles
Miles Sanders: 36 games, 7 fumbles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) November 21, 2021