On Monday night, the Eagles’ home opener against the Minnesota Vikings featured a star-studded lineup. It was football poetry as the Eagles improved to 2-0, and although the team will quickly forget the victory and concentrate on a short week’s worth of travel to Washington, and it was impressive to watch.
Hurts’ genius was on display during that journey. Quez Watkins, a wide receiver who ran an excellent combo route with Goedert, received a perfect 53-yard scoring pass. Hurts was also responsible for the team’s third score when he broke numerous tackles on a stunning 26-yard touchdown run. Hurts were carried to the right side of the field after a Goedert block on safety Harrison Smith.
Hurts began the 75-yard drive with a first down at the Philadelphia 5-yard line and gave the offense some breathing room with a 9-yard run to close out the first half with a Jake Elliott field goal to increase the lead to 24-7. Head Coach Nick Sirianni instructed Hurts to drop back and wing it instead of running out the clock and protecting a two-touchdown advantage. The audience was terrific. We just came out flying around on offense and defense, as you could feel the electricity.
- The Eagles’ offensive balance, which allowed them to gain 486 yards, significantly impacts an offensive night.
- Strong edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith made it difficult for the Eagles’ offensive line, and the offense rose to the occasion. The Eagles again dominated in the offensive trenches, where it all begins.
- Cornerback Darius Slay had a great game despite spending most of the evening in coverage against top wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
- Miles Sanders was again quite efficient, running for 80 yards on 17 attempts while breaking tackles and running with great vision and force.
- If you had any qualms, they are unfounded. The Eagles had those 163 yards on the ground following their 216-yard total from Week 1.
- T.J. Edwards, a linebacker, recorded ten tackles, one for a loss, hit the quarterback, and one pass was broken up. He adored the way the defense was played as well as the attitude.
- The coverage was excellent. Slay was in charge of putting extreme efforts.Minnesota’s highest pass completion was 19 yards. That will overjoy the training staff.
- Sunday is the start of the NFC East schedule in Washington. For this football team, nothing will be simple.