Don’t look now, but this Eagles team might be special. They remain undefeated with a win over Washington and Carson Wentz. And they did so in a pretty convincing fashion. Not only did they hold the Washington offense to just one TD, but they sacked Carson Wentz 9 times. And Jalen Hurts continued to look like an MVP with nearly 300 yards, and 3 TDs before halftime.
The offense may have put the brakes on in the second half, as they did in the first two games. But don’t let that fool you into forgetting how great this offense looked in the first 30 minutes. Hurts picked apart the Commanders defense regardless of if they were in man coverage or Zone. And now for 3 straight weeks Hurts has gotten the ball with under 2 minutes before half, and scored. And this time it wasn’t to settle for a field goal. There was one beautiful throw and catch to Devonta Smith to get the Eagles into the Red Zone. And then another on 4th down with time running out to score the TD.
Hurts didn’t manage the offense, he commanded it. He was the definition of a franchise QB today. Putting the ball right where it had to be nearly every time. Making the correct reads. Getting the ball out the second it had to be. And most impressively, keeping his eyes down the field. The criticism that he is a runner before a passer has followed him everywhere he went. But he didn’t have to use his legs today. His arm did all the heavy lifting.
And then there was the WRs. Devonta Smith was ina word, dynamic. 169 yards, and the aforementioned TD. After being invisible in week 1, he has put together two straight great games. And throw in an 85-yard performance from AJ Brown with a TD of his own, and you could call this one of the best WR groups in the league.
But let’s not let the defense go unappreciated. They have now given up just 13 points in 8 quarters of play. After an ugly week 1, they have hunkered down in a big way. And they did so against some impressive offenses to. The Vikings ran out Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Theilen. Washington has Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, and Curtis Samuel. Both these teams can put points on the board. Just not against the Eagles.
Six different defenders got to Wentz today. Brandon Graham had 2.5 sacks in a resurgent performance. Fletcher Cox, Josh Sweat, and Hasson Reddick each had 1.5. With only a 4-man pass rush, they were swarming Wentz all game long. Even when they weren’t hitting him, they were in pursuit. They forced two fumbles and recovered one.
They were good in every phase apart from Special Teams. The one slight against them would be some bad punts early, and some bad punt returns. But even there Arryn Sippos ended the game pinning them behind the 20-yard line a few times in a row. And if the punt team is your biggest concern, things have probably gone very well for you.
This team looks legit. They take an undefeated record into week 4 for another reunion at home vs Doug Pederson and the Jaguars. And if they keep playing like this, there is no reason to think they will be anything but 4-0. Hurts looks like a star, and the defense looks elite. In the first 3 weeks there is very little to complain about. They are undefeated, and everything seems to be working for them in the first 3 games. This team could be special.