Eagles got lucky

The Eagles were SUPPOSED to lose yesterday. That first half was a dismal heartbreaker. But then, miraculously, the Giants fell apart in the second half. Everything that worked for the Giants in the first half suddenly unraveled in the second. Barkley wasn’t being used as much. Beckham complained about his play time. Barkley and Beckham, the two forces that caused the Eagles to stumble at first, were not used as often in the latter half of the game, giving the Eagles the edge they needed to get past the team that is now 3-8.

My personal MVP of the game? Jake Elliott. If it weren’t for that guy, the Eagles wouldn’t have gotten on the board for a while and he’s the one who put them over the top to break a tie score. Kickers just don’t get enough love.

If Doug Pederson didn’t just get the Lombardi last year, he’d be out of a job. But you know, all the other coaches may not be so lucky. The Eagles need a complete overhaul of the offense and defense to get back into shape.

And besides, this is Drew Brees’ year. Let’s give credit where credit is due. (Anyone but Brady, please.)

Eagles fandom and 2018 season

After growing up as a Cowboys fan (to my Giants-fan dad’s dismay), and even using Cowboys colors for my wedding theme, I’ve evolved into an Eagles fan. I casually followed the Eagles through the Donovan McNabb & Andy Reid era.

Then I suffered through Chip Kelly. That’s when I knew what true Eagles fandom was.

I don’t listen to sports radio. Angelo Cataldi is a great radio host but talk has never been my thing. So I watch some pregame, some halftime, and maybe catch a bit of postgame. I mostly read sports news from local affiliates and newspapers.

But, I watched as the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz in 2016. Bright-eyed, ginger-haired guy from North Dakota. Every Eagles fan could see it—the potential for a great quarterback.

And 2017 did not disappoint. He started off strong, possibly gunning for the MVP title had he not gotten injured partway through the season. Nick Foles stepped in for him as backup—and as backup, led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl Championship.

Now Wentz is back. Healed, looking great and strong. O-line? Not so much. They held off the Giants to a meager 13 points but the O-line only looked great because the Giants offense and defense were so sloppy. (Except for Saquon Barkley. Yo. That DUDE is a monster!)

Next Sunday, the Eagles host the Panthers in what I can only imagine will be an interesting game.

The Offense has a history of being sloppy this season, leaving Wentz vulnerable to sacks and pressure. The D-line still has some cleanup to do but overall, can hold its own. This season, the games the Eagles have played have been close (within 3 points or fewer). I believe that’s largely due to the Defense doing its job.

But for the Eagles to keep winning, the Offense can’t just look great against a team that is 1-5. Talk to me about a great Eagles offense when they beat a team that’s 5-0.