Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals was a very nice overall defensive display by the Iggles. Philadelphia’s D forced inconsistent Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer into two interceptions, stuffed Arizona’s running attack allowing just 90 yards, and held perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to 72 yards and one touchdown, with 43 of those yards coming on his one touchdown play.
The Eagles defensive line was also effective in getting pressure on Palmer sacking him five times while allowing no rushing touchdowns.
Speaking of Arizona touchdowns, if you have read my columns you know what a fan of Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin I have become. Boykin was seemingly beaten for both Cardinals’ reception touchdowns, but upon further review Boykin was hampered by none other than his own teammates on not one but two touchdowns.
On the long 43 yard score from Palmer to Fitzgerald in the second quarter, Brandon Boykin had good coverage on Fitzgerald, but was literally knocked off the wide receiver when teammate safety Patrick Chung attempted a miserably missed block-down tackle and slammed into Boykin allowing Larry to gallop down the field for the easy TD.
During the third quarter, Palmer lobbed what looked like a wide open touchdown to his receiver Michael Floyd with Boykin trailing. However, once again Boykin was the victim of his own teammates when cornerback Bradley Fletcher threw a textbook NBA style pick against Brandon which allowed Floyd to separate for the catch.
When I saw the game in live action I thought Boykin had a rough game, but during my film study I saw the truth of the matter. Boykin also had another nice pass breakup in the end zone (this seems to be where he comes up biggest) but unlike earlier games he could not catch the ball.
The bottom line is that Boykin continues to make big play after big play for the Eagles and in my opinion has become the best cover corner on the team, but hey Eagles secondary, lay off your guy Brandon and let him do his job. Your opponents don’t need any help!
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