Birds’ Eye View: Eagles ‘Slay’ the day with a win

The Lincoln Financial Field was packed with electricity and the Eagles delivered on Monday night with a hot game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles won, 24-7.

It was a hot start by the Philadelphia Eagles with Jalen Hurts moving the ball around to get downfield to strike first. Hurts had a near-perfect first quarter, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Due to the holes in the Vikings’ defense, the Eagles were able to waltz around the team and make explosive plays early on.

A lot of things went nearly perfect for the Eagles, minus the eight flags, which some of them were sketchy. 

Here’s the best thing that went right: Jonathan Gannon was not afraid to call a blitz. His defense’s blitzing against Detroit last week forced the team into a turnover. The same thing happened this week. The Vikings turned the ball over multiple times in the first half because of the clean, aggressive football from the Eagles’ defense.

Maybe the part of the game that marked the end of the Vikings’ chances of a comeback was the back-to-back deflection and interception from Darius “Big Play” Slay. Later on, Zech McPhearson got in on the action as well.

Just when you think the Vikings might comeback, with Patrick Peterson deflecting a field goal, Avonte Maddox intercepts the ball and it gets right back to the Birds.

Hurts finished the night going 26-for-31 for 333 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He played an incredible game tonight against a team that is not easy to compete against. He improved majorly from last year, especially when fans were begging to run the ball. 

Kirk Cousins ended the night going 22-for-46 for 221 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Eagles cornerback, Slay, seemed to be Cousins’ favorite target from the game. Former Eagles wide receiver, Jalen Reagor, had one carry for 17 yards. 

Games are won in the trenches and that’s how Hurts had all the time in the world to make completions and move the chains. But when you dominate on both sides of the ball, everything seems to go right.

It’s only week two, but if the Eagles want to continue competing, there are some things the team needs to improve on now that they’re back in the swing of things. Flags cannot happen. Tonight, the Eagles had eight flags for a total of 60 yards. Luckily, this did not necessarily affect the team, but the yards were killer.

Haason Reddick needs to not be dropped back in coverage. He’s a pass rusher. Let him be a pass rusher. Get him in there with the blitz. The coaches talk about how they won’t put their players in the best possible position to succeed, this is how they succeed. 

Gannon had questionable calls, but he did help make the defense become more aggressive but clean. You can’t ask for much more, as long as this trend of starting to blitz and man coverage.

The Philadelphia Eagles travel to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland to take on division rivals, the Washington Commanders. This will be an interesting matchup because now, Carson Wentz will be competing against his former team. This game will be played on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m.

One response to “Birds’ Eye View: Eagles ‘Slay’ the day with a win”

  1. […] it was such a breeze game. Defense, especially Darius “Big Play” Slay showed up big with a back-to-back deflection and […]


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