x-Playoff Bound: Five takeaways from the Eagles 48-22 win over the Giants
The Philadelphia Eagles are playoff bound.
Jalen Hurts connected with nine different receivers Sunday afternoon vs. the Giants, powering the Eagles to a 48-22 victory and their fourth postseason birth in five seasons.
Here are my five takeaways from yet another commanding performance by the best team in the NFC.
The Eagles are seemingly setting records every week and today was no different. Miles Sanders rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 17 carries, eclipsing 1,000 yards in a season for the first time in his career. In doing so, Sanders has become the first Eagles RB to rush for over 1,000 yards since LeSean McCoy in 2014.
WR AJ Brown also surpassed 1,000 receiving yards on the year, joining Sanders as the first Eagle to hit that mark since 2014. Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, and Miles Sanders all scored today, becoming the first trio to each have 10+ TDs in team history.
Hurts’ ten rushing touchdowns also makes him the first quarterback ever to have 10+ rushing TDs in consecutive seasons. The Eagles are a complete powerhouse; I’m not sure how anyone can stop them.
Poor decision by Julian Love but what a DOT by Hurts. Making the Giants look silly. pic.twitter.com/HeNBGfXf8m— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) December 11, 2022
Sack party at Metlife
Philadelphia continued its dominance on defense, sacking QB Daniel Jones twice during the opening drive. Haason Reddick notched his 10th sack of the season, becoming the first edge-rusher in Philly to record ten sacks since Connor Barwin in, you guessed it, 2014.
Brandon Graham attested for three of the seven total sacks on Sunday, bringing the team total to 49.0 on the season. The Eagles were third to last in sacks last year (29.0); they’ve since overtaken Dallas as the NFL’s sack leader.
Reddick is now the first player in NFL history to record 10+ sacks in three consecutive seasons with three different teams.
“It’s a blessing. Three different teams, three different schemes, three different coaches, three different DCs,” Reddick said after the game. “Man, It’s a testament to my work, my teammates. It’s passion and hard work.”
Jalen Hurts solidifies MVP candidacy
Following Patrick Mahomes three-INT outing vs. Denver, Jalen Hurts is the top candidate for NFL MVP.
Hurts added to his astounding 2022 campaign with two more passing TDs — a 41-yard throw to DeVonta Smith and a 33-yarder to AJ Brown — along with another rushing touchdown. He finished the day 21/31 passing for 217 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs and a 109.2 passer rating while rushing for 77 yards.
32 total TDs. Just 3 INTs. Currently holds the 4th best TD-INT ratio in NFL history. The second-youngest QB to start 12-1 after Dan Marino. It’s time to acknowledge your league MVP.
“I carry my scars with me everywhere I go. I don’t forget,” Hurts said. “Do I waste my energy worrying about the opinion of someone else? No. Everyone and their opinion doesn’t deposit at the bank.”
Well rested for Chicago
For the second consecutive week, Philadelphia beat down their opponent so badly that Nick Sirianni pulled the starters. The Giants couldn’t even stop the reserves, however, as Boston Scott went right down the field and scored a TD for good measure.
Philadelphia has scored 123 points over the last three games, their most in any three-game stretch since 1950. With a playoff berth already clinched, securing the NFC’s top seed is now the primary objective. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Eagles have an 87% chance of clinching a first-round bye.
Updated playoff seeding
- (1) x — Philadelphia Eagles: 12-1
- (2) Minnesota Vikings: 10-3
- (3) San Francisco 49ers: 9-4
- (4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-7
- (5) Dallas Cowboys: 10-3
- (6) Washington Commanders: 7-5-1
With today’s win, Eagles have an NFL-best +138 point differential to go along with NFL-best 12-1 record.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) December 11, 2022
They would have to lose 2 of final 4 (Bears, Cowboys, Saints, Giants) to NOT get a bye.
If they lose to DAL in Wk 16 and win other 3, they are still NFC’s No. 1 seed.
Punter Arryn Siposs (ankle) was carted off the field after attempting to run for first down following a blocked punt. He was later carted off and was seen in a walking boot after the game. Kicker Jake Elliott assumed punting duties with Britain Covery as the placeholder for kicks.
RT Lane Johnson (abdomen) left the game in the 4th quarter but stated that he could’ve stayed in if needed.
S Reed Blankenship (knee) was carted off in the second quarter. A real bummer, especially with the undrafted rookie playing well in place of CJ Gardner-Johnson. If the injury is significant, the Eagles are left with Marcus Epps and K’Von Wallace at safety.
LB Kyron Johnson came out of the game with a shoulder injury and didn’t return.
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