QB Controversy?: Five takeaways from the Eagles’ 33-18 victory over the Jets
Today’s victory couldn’t have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated the New York Jets 30-18 to move to 6-7 on the season. Gardner Minshew did precisely what was needed while the entire offense didn’t skip a beat. Their playoff hopes remain alive with a chance to recover over the bye week this weekend.
Gardner Minshew had a perfect starting debut for the Eagles, completing 20 of his 25 passes, throwing two touchdowns, and a 133.7 rating. Some throws were a bit off, but in general, Minshew was incredibly accurate and composed, hitting Dallas Goedert and Quez Watkins consistently.
Jalen Hurts should resume the starting role, but it exemplified Hurts’ accuracy issues while showing Sirianni’s schemes get guys open. It’s good to know that Philadelphia has a high-quality backup if needed, but the QB controversy talks won’t die down.
Career days for several Eagles:
Two players Philadelphia needed to target for a majority of the season finally got their due against the Jets. Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders were focus points for the Eagles this afternoon, with Goedert having two touchdowns and105 yards receiving on the day.
Meanwhile, Sanders had over 20 rushing attempts for the first time in his career. Sanders left early with his ankle injury but hopefully will be recovered by the end of the bye week.
Alex Singleton is still the worst linebacker in football:
My oh my, Alex Singleton. The Eagles had a brutal day against Zach Wilson for most of the game, allowing him to have one of the best performances of his young career. This was primarily due to Alex Singleton, who has still been amongst the worst coverage LBs despite missing numerous games.
In the third, Wilson targeted Singleton on back-to-back plays, and Singleton hit Corey Davis with a dirty hit in the back after a dropped pass, while Griffin was hurt on the second completion. Shaun Bradley needs to be desperately given a chance while Singleton needs to move to the bench.
Jalen Reagor’s time is over:
Another Eagle that needs not to see the field for a while. After dropping two touchdowns last week, Jalen Reagor followed it up with several muffed punts before he was taken off the return team. Nothing Jalen Reagor has done was positive for Philadelphia this season, and the team needs to move on. It’s not working out at all.
Eagles hog the football:
The time of possession disparity was ridiculous during today’s game. Philadelphia held the football for 35 minutes while New York only had it for 24. At one point, there was a differential of 14 minutes to New York’s 2 in the second half, and it was glaringly obvious. Philadelphia chewed the clock running the football while New York’s offense became stagnant.
After this week, Philadelphia gets some time off before returning home to face the Washington Football Team. With numerous vital players hurt, the Eagles desperately need this bye to recover and prepare for the home stretch of the season.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports