The Eagles were a blown 17-point lead in the fourth quarter from improving to 4-3 and having the most encouraging win of the season.
Before the collapse, there was going to be a lot to talk about in a home win for the Birds.
The takes in the non-existing win over Carolina:
Zach Ertz is the best TE in football
Forget Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce. Zach Ertz has easily been the best tight end in the NFL this year. He continued proving that statement today with a 9 catch 138 yards performance.
It was his third 100 yard game in four games.
He was lethal across the middle and on third down.
On the season Ertz now has 57 receptions 618 yards 2 touchdowns on the year which puts him on pace for over 120 receptions and 1200 yards.
Not only is that top TE numbers but those are #1 WR numbers.
Michael Bennett should be a DPOY candidate
Bennett only has three sacks so he probably won’t be discussed for defensive player of the year but he should.
Those three sacks have come in the last four games and outside of Fletcher Cox, he has been the Eagles best defensive player.
And if the secondary played better through the first half of the season, he could have more with the pressures he is getting.
Heading into the game against Carolina, Bennett was tied for fourth among all NFL pass rushers with 11 QB hits.
The fact that the Eagles only had to give up a 5th round pick and Marcus Johnson for one of the top pass rushers in the NFL is unbelievable.
Carson Wentz for MVP
Forget about Patrick Mahomes. Carson Wentz was unstoppable on Sunday. The main focus of improvement you could argue for Wentz this year was accuracy. Well, Wentz finished the game with an 81% completion percentage.
On the year Wentz has a 70% completion rate with 10 touchdowns and one interception.
He was on the money down the field to Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz. Those connections along the sideline could not be stopped by the Panthers.
His blitz recognition was impressive especially on a first down conversion where Wentz instantly recognizes the blitz off the left side, he stands in taking the hit and delivers an on the money throw across the middle to Dallas Goedert.
Jim Schwartz and Doug Pederson coached masterful games
Knowing what we do now this take is antagonizing. Before both coaches looked like it was their first day on the job in the fourth quarter, both coaches were having an amazing day.
Schwartz’s defense was using a bunch of different looks, getting their secondary closer to the line, cutting off the lanes Cam Newton likes to take off in, dialing up blitzes at the right time.
Pederson’s offense was driving at will. The screen game was working like a well-oiled machine, having Wentz pump fake on one side and quickly finding his screen target on the other.
A play-call that stood out was a quick pass to Nelson Agholor right off the snap. Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks, leaving the middle unblocked got down to the second level to create lanes down the field for Agholor.
It looked like a 2017 game plan from Pederson.
A 4th and 10 stop by the Eagles defense would have changed the script entirely.
Instead of talking about Wentz not coming up big late in games, or the collapse of the coaching staff in the fourth quarter, or the missed tackles on defense. We could be discussing all these positives with a 4-3 record.
Digging into the Curry reunion
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Was bringing Vinny Curry back the right move?
What does it mean for Chris Long and potentially drafting another DE?
Is signing a bunch of 30+ year olds a concern?
The stars are aligning for Josh Jacobs to the Eagles
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Are you worried about Howie Roseman handling the RB position?
The stars are aligning for Josh Jacobs at 25 despite running a 4.6?
Where does Jacobs rank among past top prospects?
Why bring back Darby?
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast, Louie gets into why the Eagles bringing back CB Ronald Darby on a one-year contract was the wrong decision.
Will Howie Roseman try to trade one of the other five young corners? Will Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, and Avonte Maddox get a fair shake at beating out Jalen Mills on the other side?
What about in 2020 and beyond?
Check out this secondary special on the Locked on Eagles podcast!