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Eagles watch: Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown lead Eagles to emphatic win over Titans

Eagles watch: Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown lead Eagles to emphatic win over Titans

Want to make a big profit against a quality opponent?

Does it work over the 35-10 7-4 Titans?

Wow

The Eagles moved to a league-best 11-1, completely dismantling the AFC South-leading Titans, and have now won three straight since their season-ending loss.

Jalen Hurts was great, AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith both went for over 100 yards, the defense shut down Derrick Henry and allowed just 209 yards, and by midway through the third quarter it was no contest.

This team is something else.

Here are our 10 immediate observations from a big Eagles win!

1. I’m not sure what Hurts needs to do to prove he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but if this performance doesn’t do it I don’t know what will. This was magic. The 24-year-old Hurts is absolute magic, and he’s consistently playing at a mesmerizing level, even the most sleazy quarterback Carson Wentz has to admit that this kid is a pure star and one of the Eagles’ most exciting prospects. Youngest quarterbacks the league has seen in years. Want to run 150 yards? check it out Want 380 yards passing and three touchdowns? check it out What can’t he do? Hurts was 29-39 for 380 yards, three TDs passing, one rushing, no interceptions again and a 130.3 passer rating on Sunday. He is only the fifth QB in NFL history to pass for 375 yards, 74 percent accuracy, three TD passes, one rushing TD and no interceptions in a game. He is now 214-318 this year for 2,560 yards with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions and nine rushes, and the team he leads so brilliantly is 11-1 and on top of the NFL world. And if you don’t like it, go be a Cowboys fan or a Commanders fan or something, because if you don’t agree with Hurts 100 percent at this point, there’s no hope for you and you’re not a real Eagles. fan and you never were. The kid is amazing.

2. The key point of this game for me was the defensive stand late in the second quarter and keeping the Titans out of the end zone when they had 1st and 10 behind the seven at the Eagles 17 yard line. You had to love the matchup between Josh Sweat and Titans tight end Dennis Daley, and on a key 3rd and 6, Sweat outran Daley and sacked Ryan Tannehill for a five-yard loss. The Titans settled for the field, the Eagles drove down the field and led 21-10 before halftime, and the rout began. The Titans didn’t score again and gained just 47 yards on their final seven drives. It was a monster defensive performance overall. The Eagles tackled as well as they have all year, matched the physicality of the Titans, had tremendous coverage and pressured Tannehill all day. And get this: The Eagles defense has allowed a touchdown after halftime in the last six games.

3. That first-quarter sequence where Hurts hit Brown on back-to-back 40-yard touchdown runs — the first one didn’t count — was a strong enough indication of where this passing game is for Hurts and the Eagles. Unstoppable is a pretty good word for it. The first, down the right sideline, looked like a TD and ruled a touchdown, but Brown pulled up a couple of inches at the 1-yard line after beating Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton and turned it over. incomplete pass So on the next play, Shane Steichen scores the same thing on the opposite side of the field. This time Fulton fell (after Brown was intercepted), and it was an easy 40-yard TD. This counted. I was struck by the way: “We can do what we want when we want, and you can’t stop us.” what a thing As a defense, that should be crushing. Do you get a hang up on the call and then accept the same thing later? Hurts and his receivers just have this mentality that they can hit from anywhere on the field at any time, which makes them incredibly difficult to stop.

4. And how good were Brown and Smith? In 2013, Oakland’s DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper’s Nick Foles seven-touchdown game became the first pair of Eagles receivers to surpass 100 yards in the same game. Both had long touches, both made difficult catches, both played tremendously all afternoon. Obviously, this game meant a lot to Brown, but he didn’t let it become a distraction and picked up his first 100-yard game since Pittsburgh. It’s been a tough stretch for Brown — he averaged 47 yards over the last four games with bobble-turned INTs and two fumbles against Washington — but he’s an elite player and we all saw it Sunday. And for Smith, his first 100-yard game since Week 3 at Washington, and now both are back on pace for 1,000 yards. Hurts is very lucky to have these guys. Brown is 25 years old. Hurts is 24 years old. Smith is 24 years old. The NFL better get these guys used to making plays all over the place.

5. A week ago, the Eagles faced a defense ranked eighth against the pass and 32nd against the run, and they ran 49 times and were sacked 28 times. This time, they faced a defense that ranks 29th against the pass and against the run on third down. And they ran 24 times and threw 41 times. It might seem like the obvious thing to do, attack a team’s weakness, but how many play callers have we seen go for the obvious and be so eager to run everything in their playbook and try to catch the defense off guard. going against it and all? Last week, the Eagles ran at will against that weak Packers front, and Steichen kept scoring. This week, Hurts continued to make plays in the passing game, and Steichen continued to score. I didn’t try to trick anyone. I didn’t try to be cute. He simply continued to attack his opponent’s weakness. I absolutely love that. This team can win in any number of ways, and the last two weeks really hammered that home.

6. I’m not sure if it’s down to his reps or the presence of Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph or something else, but Fletcher Coz has really turned back the clock the last two weeks and played his best football in a long time. . Cox got off to a good start in the first two games of the season, but came back down to Earth pretty quickly. But the Packers’ game was the best of the year, and it was even better Sunday against the Titans. He really made a big impact against the run and also picked up his fifth sack of the year.

7. Speaking of run defense, the best thing the Eagles did on Sunday was shut down Henry early and then build enough of a lead that the Titans couldn’t lean on Henry and had to pass every down. The Titans have a way of winning games. Shut down the other team and let Henry roam. The Eagles didn’t let that happen. Henry rushed 11 times for just 30 yards — 2.7 per carry — with a long gain of eight yards. After halftime, with the Eagles in command, he was just 4-9. Total non-factors. Once Tannehill started to throw it down, it was over. The Eagles recorded six sacks and the Titans passed for 86 yards. The coaches developed the perfect plan for the Titans, and the players executed it. That is a beautiful thing.

8. I have called for the Eagles to throw more on their backs. They were last in the NFL with 123 receiving yards entering the game, but Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott can all do it in the receiving game. Sunday’s quarterbacks combined for a season-high 57 yards, and Gainwell was especially terrific, with a 14-yard catch and run on the Smith TD drive and a 10-yard TD drive late in the first half. With Dallas Goedert out, the more guys Steichen gets into the passing game the better.

9. They got through, but nine penalties in the first 20 minutes of a game? What the hell is going on here? The Eagles overcame most of them — Sweat’s 3rd-and-4 offside gave the Titans a first down on the TD drive — but that’s been a problem lately. The Eagles finished with 12 penalties for 80 yards (13th off), seven of them false starts, nine at the line of scrimmage. They have now conceded 41 penalties in their last six games, which is too many and something they need to clean up.

10. Tremendous effort by Michael Clay’s special teams unit. The rise of Christian Ellis’ coaching staff began with Arryn Siposs’ big success on the first drive, Britain Covey had the longest three punt returns of his career – 21, 25 and 27 yards – and averaged 17.5 on five returns, good punt and punt coverage. was. , and we never got a weekly special teams breakdown. That’s awesome. Need more of this.





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