Eagles vs. Vikings: 18 winners, 5 losers, 1 IDK

The Eagles are 2-0 after totally beating the Vikings. Time at hand out some winners, losers, and IDKs.


JALEN HURTS

Lol jk.


THE EAGLES

Undefeated. Be careful, 1972 Dolphins.

JALEN HURTS

Can’t perhaps say sufficient excellent issues about Hurts’ efficiency on Monday evening. His Week 1 time out wasn’t dangerous whatsoever but it surely left me short of to look extra. To his credit score, Hurts delivered in some way that a great deal exceeded expectancies.

His ultimate stat line: 26/31 (83.9% final touch), 333 yards (10.7 reasonable), 1 TD, 1 INT (no longer his fault as a ball that bounced off Kenneth Gainwell’s palms), 108.7 passer ranking. 11 carries for 57 yards and a pair of rush TD. So, 390 yards of offense and 21 issues.

Talking after the sport, Nick Sirianni stated Hurts used to be in “whole keep watch over.” It’s not possible to argue differently.

Hurts did all of it.

As a passer, he used to be extremely poised. He knew precisely the place to head with the ball and were given it there time and time once more with breathtaking accuracy. He labored all ranges of the sector and used to be particularly excellent on throws over the center, a prior weak point for him. There in reality isn’t a lot more it’s essential to’ve requested from him. Even his incompletions had been excellent! Living proof:

Hurts additionally made an actual spectacular throw rolling to his left to hit Quez Watkins alongside the sideline, handiest to be burnt up through a keeping penalty.

As a runner, Hurts picked his spots neatly versus depending on his legs too incessantly. His 26-yard landing scramble on Third-and-2 used to be extremely spectacular. He simply may’ve ran out of bounds however he noticed a weak point and attacked it, preventing thru touch and increasing the ball over the purpose line for the ranking.

Hurts left indisputably on Monday evening. He appeared like a franchise quarterback that the Eagles can be very happy to signal to a long-term contract extension once after this season.

Greater than that, although, he appeared like a freaking NFL MVP candidate available in the market. THIS used to be a needle-moving efficiency that raises the Eagles’ ceiling to being respectable Tremendous Bowl contenders.

Beautiful thrilling stuff!

DARIUS SLAY

Slay went up towards arguably the NFL’s absolute best vast receiver … and completely clamped him.

Jefferson used to be focused 12 instances and handiest had six receptions for 48 yards (lengthy of eleven). 8.0 yards in keeping with reception for Jefferson is the second-lowest mark of his profession. The one sport that went worse for him used to be when he used to be at 7.7 in Week 5 of his rookie season.

In keeping with Professional Soccer Focal point, Slay used to be focused 8 instances and used to be answerable for simply two receptions that went for 19 yards. Slay logged two selections and he may’ve had a minimum of one or two extra with higher palms.

Slay with the ability to erase a most sensible receiver like this is more or less a large deal.

JONATHAN GANNON

Are we certain Gannon didn’t go back to Minnesota’s training body of workers to coordinate the Vikings’ protection on this sport?! For the reason that numbers that Hurts publish glance very similar to the performances that Gannon’s protection has up to now allowed.

Jokes apart, for the primary time since being employed through the Eagles, Gannon didn’t get shredded through a non-awful quarterback! Whilst it will no longer erase all doubt about him, this used to be a step in the fitting route.

Gannon were given extra competitive towards the Vikings and, good day, what have you learnt? It labored higher than passively sitting again all too incessantly!

NICK SIRIANNI/SHANE STEICHEN

Lumping the top trainer and offensive coordinator in combination right here. They oversaw an effective efficiency that featured the best passing yardage general in a win (so, no longer boosted through rubbish time manufacturing) throughout their Eagles tenure. A few of the highlights, Quez Watkins used to be schemed vast open for a landing.

It’s truthful to wonder whether the offense used to be a little bit too conservative in the second one part with the Eagles scoring 0 issues on their ultimate 4 drives. The great clearly outweighed the dangerous, although.

DALLAS GOEDERT

Goedert led the Eagles in receiving through catching 5 of his six goals for 82 yards. He’s lately at 17.8 yards in keeping with reception this season, which ranks 15 amongst all NFL gamers. He’s moment at tight finish handiest to Ian Thomas, who’s at 22.0 on handiest 3 catches while Goedert has 8. Goedert’s an overly environment friendly goal.

Along with his pass-catching prowess, Goedert installed paintings as a blocker. He directly up bullied All-Professional protection Harrison Smith to pave the best way for Hurts’ 26-yard dashing landing.

DEVONTA SMITH

It used to be very unsurprising when DeVonta noticed the primary goal of the sport. The Eagles knew they needed to get him extra concerned following a nil catch efficiency in Week 1. Smith stuck all seven of his goals for 80 yards. He used to be a competent chain-mover in the midst of box, selecting up 5 first downs. Nobody must had been severely nervous about DeVonta after ultimate week … but it surely used to be nonetheless great to look him being concerned.

QUEZ WATKINS

It used to be additionally great to look Quez get entangled after he didn’t even see a goal in Week 1. Watkins’ landing used to be clearly aided through the Vikings blowing a protection. Two for 69 and a ranking is a pleasant day on the administrative center whilst you’re no longer a most sensible 3 goal at the group, although. That is Watkins’ function. He’s no longer going to look quantity up to he’s going to have alternatives to make a large play or two.

A.J. BROWN

Even though a quieter sport than his 155-yard efficiency from Week 1, Brown had a pleasant sport with 5 catches for 69 yards. He logged two first down receptions. His presence additionally for sure spread out alternatives for his fellow pass-catchers.

ZACH PASCAL

Until one thing has long gone flawed, he’s no longer going to be a quantity manufacturer. However Pascal is quietly a high-leverage contributor. He had a large 3rd down conversion in Detroit ultimate week and he had any other conversion at the Eagles’ first power on this sport. Pascal is a pleasant complementary participant to have. The danger he supplies in those scenarios signifies that defenses can’t simply key in at the larger stars.

T.J. EDWARDS

Edwards used to be very lively and the field ranking displays as a lot with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo), one take on for loss, one cross deflection (to power a punt), and one quarterback hit. The Eagles’ most sensible linebacker had a excellent sport.

AVONTE MADDOX

Maddox logged the fourth interception of his profession and his first since October 2021. The select got here at a key time making an allowance for the Vikings had simply blocked a box purpose they returned to the Eagles’ 30-yard line. Maddox averted Minny from most likely a minimum of making it a two ownership sport overdue within the 3rd quarter.

JOSH SWEAT

Sweat generated a team-high 4 hurries. He additionally logged 3 TFLs. Sweat capped off the sport through sacking Cousins at the ultimate play.

FLETCHER COX

Cox’s strip-sack grew to become a Third-and-10 right into a 4th-and-22. It’s excellent to look Cox visibly impacting the quarterback greater than he has in a while. Cox already had 1.5 sacks this season, which is 2 shy of ultimate yr’s general. Cox didn’t recover from the 1.5 sack mark ultimate season till overdue December.

JAMES BRADBERRY

As you could possibly inform, I’m feeling beneficiant with the winners this week. And why no longer after that more or less really feel excellent efficiency? However whilst Slay stole the highlight, Bradberry used to be quietly excellent. Cousins had a 65.4 passer ranking when concentrated on Bradberry, in keeping with PFF.

MILES SANDERS

I believed he overlooked a few alternatives to damage tackles as a pass-catcher. And one such second partially as a result of he bobbled a catch as a substitute of constructing it cleanly.

As a runner, although, he had 17 carries for 80 yards (4.7) reasonable. Beneath-the-radar efficiency with all the focal point on Hurts and the passing choices.

ARRYN SIPOSS

Siposs chasing down Kris Boyd to forestall a landing at the Eagles’ blocked box purpose ended up saving seven issues. I will be able to’t believe each punter is in a position to make that take on.

HOWIE ROSEMAN

I’m feeling filled from all of the crow Roseman has made me devour for doubting him. Kudos to the Eagles’ basic supervisor for development any other contender.


KIRK COUSINS

Can’t believe having to root for him as your favourite group’s beginning quarterback. He isn’t the worst QB within the NFL … however he’s the worst QB to have. He in point of fact is the quintessential quarterback purgatory quarterback.

JUSTIN JEFFERSON

I legitimately sought after to modify my sport prediction from a Vikings win to an Eagles win once I noticed this previous to kickoff:

Between this and his feedback about being satisfied the Eagles didn’t draft him, the vibes weren’t operating in his choose. Jefferson ended up writing exams he couldn’t money.

JALEN REAGOR

Such a lot for purchasing “revenge” on his former group.

Slay had extra catches (2 to at least one) and yards associated with a catch (19 to 7) on this sport than Reagor did.

The Eagles getting a 2023 seventh-round select and a 2024 fifth-round select (that may doubtlessly change into a fourth) from the Vikings within the Reagor business used to be a heist.

PENALTIES

For the entire excellent issues the Eagles have occurring, this an glaring space the place they want to reinforce. The Birds (18) are the second-most penalized NFL group thru two weeks, handiest at the back of the Denver Broncos (25).

The Eagles had 4 consequences on their first 4 drives towards the Vikings. They retain getting referred to as for having an offensive lineman too a ways down the sector. Whilst the refs may well be officiating that decision a bit of too strictly, it’s as much as the Eagles to do extra on their finish to ensure they’re no longer taking pictures themselves within the foot.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Eagles had a box purpose blocked.

The Vikings additionally obviously weren’t terrified of the Eagles’ kick go back sport given their use of mortar kicks. Quez Watkins had two returns for 13 yards. Even though no longer completely his fault, I nonetheless fail to spot how he’s their most suitable choice again there. Britain Covey must get a glance in that capability. After all, it’s no longer like Covey lit it up as a punt returner this week.


C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON

CJGJ graded out because the Eagles’ worst defender through PFF ultimate week. He graded out as their second-worst defender (handiest above Patrick Johnson) this week.

After lacking more than one tackles in Detroit, CJGJ handiest had one this time round. So, development?

CJGJ seemed to be in charge for permitting what must’ve been a deep landing to Irv Smith Jr. if the tight finish hadn’t dropped the cross. If that mistake isn’t made, the Vikings have 14 issues at halftime.

Once more, CJGJ merits some degree of endurance for adjusting to a brand new place on quick understand. Opposing groups might not be as forgiving and may glance to focus on him.

The Eagles can be hoping to look development because the season is going on.

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