The Eagles played Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. They lost the game by only two points (28-30). This was a game where the Eagles started the game with lots of miss opportunities on offense, which led to putting the defense in many tough positions. Carson Wentz played hard, and he fought to keep the Eagles in the game. Wide receiver Travis Fulgham dominated once again, leading the receiving for the Eagles for the third straight game.
Once again, on offense, there were missed opportunities and drops. One major dropped pass occurred at the beginning of the game, when Carson Wentz looked downfield to rookie wide receiver John Hightower. The pass bounced off the hands of Hightower incomplete, this could have been a touchdown at the start of the game. Another major drop occurred towards the end of the first half, when Carson looked into the end zone for running back Miles Sanders. Sanders turned to the ball and missed the pass and bounced off his hands. These are two plays in which, if the pass was caught, the Eagles could have put six points on the board.
To go along with that, the Eagles are continuing to get hit with injuries. Miles Sanders will not play Thursday night due to a knee injury suffered in the loss to the Ravens. Doug Pederson anticipates having DeSean Jackson and Lane Johnson for the game, which is great news.
The team fought hard to get back into the game, and I was impressed with the overall effort. Carson Wentz said this after the game,
“Last week, this week, the ending is not what we wanted. But to see the way the guys have fought, to rally back, the resiliency of this team is something you can’t question. The toughness, the fight, and the effort is something I’m so proud of”
This game on Thursday night against the Giants should be a game the Eagles win. Despite being 1-4-1, the Eagles are in second place in the NFC East, and the Dallas Cowboys are in first with a record of 2-4. This is a very bad division, but I still want the Eagles to win the division, even though the NFC East is the laughing stock of the league. They are within close reach of first place, and this is a game they need to win.
We saw Jalen Hurts play a bit more in this game, and it was very entertaining to watch Jalen Hurts run with Carson Wentz as a blocker. Jalen Hurts can add a lot to this offense when he is in the game. I really hope Doug continues to put Hurts in the game, especially this week, since the Eagles are playing Thursday as opposed to Sunday.
The Birds showed a lot of heart on Sunday. Carson is proving to me that he is indeed the leader of this football team. He played his heart out Sunday, and so did the majority of the team. I was very proud of these guys, and I cannot wait to watch them play again against the dreaded New York Giants on a national stage.
I think the Eagles are going to win on Thursday. Go Birds, Fly Eagles Fly!