The Philadelphia Eagles dominate in ‘Big D’; Improve to 9-1
The Philadelphia Eagles dominant defense was on full display in Dallas on Sunday night. A total of four turnovers (3 INTs and a fumble) and even scoring a TD themselves while not allowing one. Through the first nine games, the best performances usually came from QB Carson Wentz, thus not allowing the Eagles’ defense to get their just due. That changed on Sunday night in front of a national TV audience. The Cowboys came into the game knowing that if they wanted a chance at a division title, they had to beat Philadelphia at home. Instead, Dak Prescott had his worst game of his young NFL career accounting for four turnovers. The Cowboys defense played very well in the first half, holding the Philadelphia Eagles to just 7 points. However, the Eagles scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 9-1.
When the Philadelphia Eagles lost RB Darren Sproles the run game sputtered. His replacement, Wendell Smallwood, would struggle to stay healthy and productive. Enter an undrafted rookie free agent from Wisconsin who impressed back in the preseason. Corey Clement is becoming a practical threat out of the Eagles backfield. His six carries won’t seem like he’s a “work-horse” RB but considering he shares touches with LeGarrette Blount (13 carries-57 yards) and Jay Ajayi (7-91) and had the trio’s only rushing TD. Over the last two games, he has had four total TDs. Blount and Ajayi are household names and will gain most of the credit but the rookie from Wisconsin seems ready to take on whatever this team needs from him.
The NFC playoff picture seems very top-heavy. Behind the Philadelphia Eagles are the Minnesota Vikings (8-2), New Orléans Saints (8-2), and the LA Rams (7-3) rounding out the division leaders. Carolina (7-3) and Atlanta (6-4) would be the two wildcard teams if the playoffs began today. The Philadelphia Eagles will feel fortunate not to see an Aaron Rodgers-led Packers side who have struggled without him. The Vikings are a scary proposition in the postseason but Case Keenum surely can’t keep playing like this, can he? And eventually, the RB injuries will catch up to Minnesota. The Saints are a dangerous opponent because of QB Drew Brees.
One of the greatest QBs of this generation will always give his team a chance but if the seeding holds, the dome team Saints would have to play outdoors in Philadelphia in January. It is worth noting the situation is that it’s only week 11. There is a lot of football that needs played and this playoff picture could look much different very soon.