It’s not just the Cleveland Browns or the Chicago Bears anymore.
The Philadelphia Eagles have not only defeated a legitimate contender, but they thoroughly dismantled them.
A 34-3 blowout of the Pittsburgh Steelers has the Eagles sitting in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Read that sentence a couple times, and let it really sink in.
Not only are we talking about an Eagles team that is undefeated, but an Eagles team that just routed a Super Bowl Champion head coach and quarterback, one of the most successful and stable franchises in the league.
That’s something to be proud of.
Carson Wentz was spectacular once again, completing 23/31 passes for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, and once again, did not turn the football over at all. Wentz was surgical and efficient. He continues to show great awareness, and seems to be a step ahead of defenses.
Wentz’s best moment came on the team’s first drive of the second half. On the 73-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles, Wentz rolled away from pressure, but never took his eyes off of the play downfield. As soon as he had drawn the Steeler defense in tight, he launched the ball and connected perfectly with Sproles for the long score.
Wentz had another really nice moment earlier in the game. Jason Kelce fired yet another bad snap behind Wentz, but he was able to remain calm, picked up the ball, and quickly delivered a strike to Darren Sproles, taking a play that could have been a loss or even a turnover, and turning it into a short gain.
Wentz looks like he’s been in the league for five years. Not a single thing about his performance through three weeks would indicate he’s a rookie.
Pederson And Schwartz Compliment Each Other Perfectly
Once again, the coaching staff has just done a tremendous job.
Doug Pederson has had the Eagles well-prepared and ready to play for each of their opponents thus far. The Eagles’ gameplans have been different and had variety in them week to week. They don’t rely on the same stale plays as Chip Kelly did. This is what an NFL offense should look like.
Meanwhile, Jim Schwartz continues to do a masterful job with the defense. Despite missing Leodis McKelvin in the secondary, to only give up three points to an offense as prolific as the Pittsburgh Steelers is nothing short of remarkable.
The coaching staff is the complete opposite of what we saw in the Kelly era.
When Billy Davis would leave Eric Rowe on an island to fend for himself against Calvin Johnson, Schwartz successfully incorporates rookie Jalen Mills into the gameplan, and the defenses survives without it being much of a liability.
- Wendell Smallwood took over the backfield today, rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
- Kenjon Barner was also mixed in, with eight touches for 42 yards and a score of his own.
- Regular starter Ryan Mathews took just two carries, and is apparently dealing with an ankle injury.
- Darren Sproles went off today for six catches for 128 yards, including the 73-yard score.
- Brent Celek was used more in the passing game, coming down with three catches for 61 yards.
- Each week, Dorial Green-Beckham becomes a little more involved in the offense. Today he caught three passes for 33 yards, including a key third-down reception that extended a drive, and nearly came down with his first touchdown of the season.
- I haven’t been the biggest Brandon Graham fan, but the man has been lights-out this season. Graham picked up another sack today, and has at least one in every game this year.
- Two sacks for Fletcher Cox, who played his strongest game of the season to date.
- Rodney McLeod came down with an interception in the second half.
- Mychal Kendricks was almost completely invisible, recording only one tackle.
- Ditto for Vinny Curry, who hasn’t made an impact yet this season.
- If there’s any doubt that the Eagles made the right call keeping Caleb Sturgis as their kicker, Cody Parkey missed three kicks for the Cleveland Browns today.
- Bennie Logan blocked a field goal in the first quarter that swung momentum the Eagles’ way.
The way the Eagles have been playing through weeks, I think its now fair to expect them to win the NFC East.
If 10 wins is enough to win this division, is it not unreasonable to believe that this team can go 7-6 the rest of the way? With the way Carson Wentz has been playing, coupled with the coaching of Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz, the sky’s the limit.
Enjoy the ride.