D’Andre Swift’s homecoming leads Eagles to primetime win over Vikings
The Philadelphia Eagles overcame a slow start to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-28 last night at Lincoln Financial Field to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Run The Damn Ball!
After three straight drives late in the first quarter that went absolutely no where, Eagles’ fans let offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and even Jalen Hurts hear it, reigning boos down onto the field as the Birds fell behind early to the Vikings.
Sirianni and Johnson made a key adjustment following their offensive dud in the first quarter.
Philadelphia’s own and the pride of St. Joe’s Prep D’Andre Swift in what basically was his 2023 season debut with the Eagles, terrorized the Vikings defense. Swift carried the football 28 times for 175 yards and a touchdown including a massive 43-yard gain in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
D’Andre Swift career-high 175 yards, 2 touchdowns
Eagles’ Rushing Attack vs Vikings
It was the second-most rushing yards of the Sirianni era behind the 363-yard performance against the Packers back in 2021. Swift led the ground attack with a career-high 175 yards, the most from an Eagles’ running back since LeSean McCoy in 2013.
That’s 259 yards, without Kenny Gainwell and Hurts only rushing for 35 of them. Pretty impressive from the Eagles’ offensive line and of course, the hometown kid D’Andre Swift.
- Swift: 28 RSH, 175 YDS, 6.3 AVG, 43 LNG, 1 TD
- Scott: 5 RSH, 40 YDS, 8 AVG, 18 LNG
- Hurts: 12 RSH, 35 YDS, 2.9 AVG, 8 LNG, 2 TD
Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ passing attack
Jalen Hurts completed 18-of-23 passes for 193 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. DeVonta Smith hauled in 4 receptions for 131 yards, including a beautiful 63-yard touchdown from Jalen Hurts early in the third quarter.
DeVonta Smith is HIM
In The Trenches
Entering last night missing several key starters in the secondary, the Eagles’ defensive line has remained relatively healthy. Facing two teams this season that have been very injured along their respective offensive lines, we expected the Eagles defensive line to feast against the Patriots and Vikings.
That really hasn’t happened, which could be looked at as an area of concern given the fact that the Eagles averaged four sacks per game last season.
In two games this year, the Eagles’ defense has tallied just four total sacks, with two against the Patriots and two last night against the Vikings.
Still, there were some bright moments. Jalen Carter continued to shine and the resurgence of Fletcher Cox along with the development of 6’6”, 340-pound Jordan Davis as a bonafide pass rusher has been quite the experience over the first two weeks of the 2023 NFL season.
Jalen Carter.— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) September 15, 2023
The biggest play from the Eagles’ defensive front came from Josh Sweat, who hit Kirk Cousins FIVE TIMES, including what really was a game-changing strip sack that was recovered by Fletcher Cox early in the third quarter with the Birds up six on the Vikings.
Josh Sweat strip sack on Kirk Cousins, Fletcher Cox recovers
I don’t care how the Philadelphia Eagles are winning football games, as long as they are, you know, winning them. Yes, the first two weeks have been somewhat sloppy but this is a team that barely played together (if at all) during the preseason so it was expected that things might take some time to get back back on track early in the regular season.
Phans of Philly – Eagles Tailgates and Travel Packages
The Eagles will head to Tampa to face Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers next week on Monday Night Football. The Liberty Line will be in attendance, traveling with Phans of Philly from Friday to Tuesday.
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Last season with Phans of Philly, The Liberty Line headed out to Arizona to watch the Eagles face the Arizona Cardinals. Honestly, the timing shouldn’t be any more perfect since the Phillies just locked in a postseason spot and were playing the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card round.
Phans of Philly flawlessly managed to schedule not one, but two viewing parties for the Phillies Wild Card games against the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday, before we all headed to watch the Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
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The Liberty Line x Phans of Philly Away Games This Season
- September 25th: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- October 8th: Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams
- November 20th: Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs