Week 2 turned out about how we expected it would. Miles Sanders looked pretty good overall. The offensive line was surprisingly good, resulting in zero sacks allowed and 4.8 yards per carry between the running backs.
Carson Wentz was not good, to say the least. There’s really no excuse in the NFL for such a sub-par performance in a game where the quarterback doesn’t get sacked. Though Wentz was under duress at times, he threw a lot of balls too high or behind receivers throughout the game. Wentz’s performance aside, the Eagles did a decent job pressuring Goff.
The problem was the Rams set up a number of quick passes, screens, and creative outside runs. It was well balanced and the Eagles failed to stop the Rams enough to keep pace. The bottom line going forward is, the defense is going to have to better game plan for their opposition and Carson Wentz is going to need to execute.
The 0-2 start isn’t good, but it’s not a death sentence in the NFC East. Dallas’ defense is terrible, the Giants’ offensive line is awful, and the Redskins have a quarterback going through some growing pains. The Eagles have a quality roster with some holes, but they’re still a veteran team with the most playoff experience in the division. They have a proven coach and a talented, young offense. Give it time and the Eagles will turn it around.
Week 3 Preview
It’s the dawn of a new week and with it comes the arrival of the number one pick to Philadelphia. No, I’m not talking about the Sixers. Joe Burrow is coming into town and with him, the young, talented Bengals. Okay, that may be going a bit too far, but the Bengals are a team not far off from being decent. Last season, the Bengals lost an unusually high number of games in which they were ahead.
They also looked very good on offense last week (I know it was the Browns, but still). Their offensive line, on paper, is an improvement from last season, but so far, Joe Mixon hasn’t had a lot of room to work with.
Offensively, the Eagles should be set up for success. The Bengals rush defense was beaten up against the Chargers and absolutely tortured by the Browns, so Miles Sanders should be in for a big day on the ground and through the air. The Bengals pass rush isn’t close to as potent as the Rams or Redskins, so Carson Wentz should have no excuses this week if he decides to just start missing open targets in the game again.
Defensively, the Eagles should be more comfortable facing a less dynamic offense than a week ago. Unfortunately, the defensive breakdowns last week and in Week 1 against the lowly Washington Football Team are a cause for concern. I know it’s the Bengals, but the Bengals have a deep receiving corps and a great running back. You can’t underestimate any team in the NFL these days. We’ve seen some crazy upsets during the regular season over the years.
Week 3 Prediction
I like the Eagles to move the ball much more fluidly and effectively in this game. I also see the Bengals keeping pace for much of the game. Though Burrow has limitations as a rookie, his ability to scramble will likely cause some chaos in this game and extend quite a few drives.
The Bengals have a lot of weapons on offense, but I think the Eagles will be able to clamp down defensively at key points in this game. I see the Eagles coming out victorious, but not without a good fight from the Bengals
Final Score: Eagles 30 Bengals 26