Eagles Run Over the Vikings to Improve to 2-0
It turns out the Eagles are still very good at running the ball. After a mostly quiet day on the ground in week 1, the Eagles ran all over the Vikings on Thursday Night to improve to 2-0. 259 yards on the ground, and 3 rushing TDs. 175 of those yards came from D’Andre Swift, who touched the ball just twice against the Patriots. It carried them to a 34-28 win. A score that is closer than the game actually was.
Is there some stuff to complain about? Sure. And you know as Philadelphians, we will complain about them with over a week until they play again. The backups in the secondary looked confused, and there were two times when miscommunication in the zone scheme lead to a wide-open TD. They gave up 364 yards and 4 TDs through the air. But that probably makes the defense look worse than they were.
Because they also kept the Vikings to just 28 yards on the ground. The defense forced 3 fumbles, with the Special Teams adding a 4th. The linebacker group looked far better against both the run and the pass, with Zach Cunningham’s improvement sticking out in particular. Hopefully, Bradberry will be back soon, and hopefully, it will be good news about Avonte Maddox. The D-Line was putting in work all night. They had only 2 sacks but hit Kirk Cousins 10 times. Josh Sweat was responsible for 5 of those.
The Eagles passing attack? Still a work in progress. Hurts looked better as the game went on, but took two bad sacks on one drive that pushed them out of field goal range. Devonta Smith had two long plays though. One went for a TD, and the other should have if Hurts had hit Smith in stride. AJ Brown was mostly quiet but did have a TD taken off the board by a penalty. Swift was the star of the night though. And he should continue to be a huge part of the offense after what he did tonight.
The Eagles don’t play again until Monday Night in week 3. Meaning they have 9 days off. Plenty of time to work out the remaining kins, and for the injured players to get healthy.