EAGLES DEFEAT THE HOUSTON TEXANS 31-21.
The Eagles came into this game after the nail biting loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a 5-2 record. After a loss like the one in Arizona, it’s interesting to see what kind of changes a team will make to improve their performance.
The quarterback situation in this game was interesting and may have started the quarterback controversy conversation back up. Nick Foles started the game as usual but was taken out of the game by a hit from a Texans player and has a broken clavicle and won’t be returning for a while. Foles completed 10 of 13 passes for 124 yards, 9.5 yards per pass, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. The interception was Foles’ 10th and was taken back for a 51 yard touchdown by the Texans. The Eagles touchdown was a 57 yard bomb to Jeremy Maclin and the ball was placed perfectly into Maclin’s hands. The very small silver lining of Foles’ injury is that his throwing arm wasn’t the one injured. After Foles was knocked out of the game, good ol’ Mark Sanchez came in for relief. This was Sanchez’s first start since the 2012 season finale with the Jets. Sanchez completed 15 of 22 passes for 202, threw 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and had a 89.6 passer rating.
The rushing attack was the focus in this game. LeSean McCoy had 23 carries for 117 yards, and 5.1 yards per carry. Chris Polk only had 8 carries for 50 yards with a touchdown. McCoy and Polk spearheaded a crucial 4 play, 70 yard drive that got the Eagles a Chris Polk touchdown. The drive went 14 yard run and 26 yard run for Shady and then a 22 yard run and 8 yard run for Polk. Polk also picked up a HUGE fourth down conversion in the fourth quarter that set up an Eagles touchdown. ”
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had another stellar game and is proving that he is a number 1 receiver in this league after a few rough games. Maclin made 6 receptions for 158 yards, an average 26.3 yards per catch, and 2 touchdowns. This game give Maclin gives 45 catches for 790 yards and 8 touchdowns for the season. Maclin is on pace for 90 catches, 1,580 yards, and 16 touchdowns this season. Maclin also made another accomplishment as he became the 13th player in NFL history with 2 straight games of 150 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
Chip Kelly made some very good adjustments, switching to a more running based game after Foles went down. Kelly also learned from his decision to not go for it on 4th down last week as he went for it on 4th down this week much to the relief of most fans.
Obviously the main focus is on the Eagles win, winning is always good, but it’s better that with all the injuries and important players missing this team can still win.The Eagles are also 6-2 now and lead the Dallas Cowboys by a half game in the NFC East, which means we’re number 1.
Mark Sanchez, after coming to Philadelphia with the butt-fumble title, showed bright spots. If the Eagles are going to rely on him for a long time there shouldn’t be any reason to panic; that’s based on his one game performance, but we expect the best case scenario.
Offensive lineman Todd Herramans, quarterback Nick Foles, and linebacker Demeco Ryans left with injuries. Herramans left with an arm injury. Unless your starting QB is terrible you don’t really want to be without him. Foles has had some problems recently, but nothing that has really been costing the Eagles the season. Demeco Ryans left with an Achilles injury and will be out for the season, this is a bigger loss as Ryans has been called the heart and leader of the Defense.
The Eagles are now 6-2 and play the Carolina Panthers next week on Monday Night Football on ESPN in primetime.
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