Mile-High: Four observations from the Eagles’ 30-13 win over the Denver Broncos
After dropping another game at home last week to the Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles came out to play this afternoon, defeating the Denver Broncos 30-13. The Eagles looked great across the board despite some minor hiccups throughout the game as they move to 4-6 on the season.
Best rushing game this season:
Although they didn’t attack through the run as much as previous weeks, it was highly effective against the Broncos’ defense. The team ran for over 210 yards, with Jalen Hurts, Jordan Howard, and Boston Scott each averaging over five yards per carry.
Nick Sirianni ran a lot of options with Hurts that worked beautifully, mainly being rollout RPOs allowing Hurts to work in open field. The change in game-planning from the start of the season has been a tremendous adjustment from Nick Sirianni, who has been great these last several games.
Jalen Hurts: Elite pocket passer
Hurts was outright incredible to start today’s game, completing passes all over the field. His connection with DeVonta Smith was perfect and led to beautiful passes early on. The stat sheet doesn’t show it all, but it was by far his best game under center for the Eagles. Hurts finished the night with two TDs but should have had a third on a great pass to Quez Watkins late that was dropped.
One of the most significant adjustments has been having Brian Johnson on the sidelines to work through things with Hurts the last few weeks. One negative was Jalen Hurts’ interception in the second half, but it looked like he might have been hit, leading to an underthrown pass.
Jonathan Gannon’s coverages are still horrible:
Teddy Bridgewater didn’t look too great on the stat sheet, but like every other QB this season, he has taken advantage of the worst coverage scheme in football. Luckily for Gannon, he had a combination of a mediocre Denver offense and a great offensive game from the Eagles. Bridgewater completed 22 of his 36 passes but missed a lot of opportunities given to him.
Despite the coaching, the Eagles’ defense balled out, most notably Davion Taylor and Darius Slay. Taylor had a huge stripped fumble that led to an 82-yard touchdown from Slay that put this game out of reach. Like I’ve said before, Gannon’s ideals aren’t horrible when paired with an elite offense, but the Eagles haven’t proved they are capable of playing like this every week.
Injuries, injuries, and more injuries:
The blue medical tent was active throughout the entire game today for the Eagles, but none of the injuries seemed to be significant. Darius Slay, Dallas Goedert, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, Landon Dickerson, and several others left at some point in today’s game due to injury.
Goedert left early with a concussion, while Dickerson left with an unknown injury. All of the other notable Eagles played through it, and hopefully, they won’t linger in the coming weeks.
After today’s win, the Eagles head back home to host the 5-4 New Orleans Saints in another key battle before a round-robin with the NFC East. Philadelphia has yet to win a game at the Linc this season, so they could be due for their first one next Sunday.
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