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.
Graham and Agholor are the blueprint for Jones
Brandon Graham and Nelson Agholor should have taught the Eagles about how to handle Sidney Jones.
Louie dives into the criticism, future role, and 2018 evaluation of the 22 year old corner.
Foles in a new jersey will be painful
With Nick Foles on the verge of joining a new team as their starting QB in 2019, how tough will it be to see the 2017 Super Bowl MVP in a new jersey?
Will it be as painful as Dawkins in Denver? How about DeSean Jackson in Washington?
Louie and listeners come up with other former Eagles that were painful to see on different teams.
Wentz-Foles is over
The offseason of Wentz vs Foles debates lasted all about two days. Doug Pederson announced today that Carson Wentz will be the quarterback going forward.
Louie and Gino discuss the news, if it was the right call, and go into what past QB controversy solutions tell us about the decision.