Philadelphia Eagles statistics don’t tell Week 1’s full story

Devonta Smith Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Devonta Smith Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The time that Philadelphia Eagles fans have anxiously awaited has arrived and in impressive fashion. In a Week 1 battle of the predatory birds, Philly cruised past the Atlanta Falcons.

The team more commonly known as the Birds were excellent in the trenches, both offensively and defensively as expected, minus a few mistakes that we can chalk up to week one jitters, but the focus was on the youngsters and how they would perform. Let’s just say that all expectations were exceeded.

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Rookie Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni called a masterpiece of a game in regards to catering to his young quarterback’s strengths and put the ball in the hands of Jalen Hurts immediately.

The Eagles’ offense ran two quick screen passes to the speedster Quez Watkins to settle Hurts in. A few plays later, QB1 hit rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith for the most recent Heisman Trophy winner’s first NFL reception that doubles as his first NFL touchdown.

Hurts continued to make plays and finished the day with 264 yards passing while connecting on 27 of his 35 attempts to go along with three touchdown passes. He tallied 62 more yards on the ground thanks to seven carries.

Hurts aggravated the Atlanta Falcons’ defense with efficiency all day long. He completed nine of 11 passes for 108 yards and touchdowns versus Atlanta’s blitz. That’s a pretty good day at the office for a young man looking to make a name for himself.

One smart decision was followed by another over and over again. He stayed in the pocket when he needed to. He made excellent reads in the run-pass-option game, and he used his legs to extend and make plays when the situation called for it. Most importantly, he did it all while being turnover-free. Of course, it’s early, but Hurts performed at an elite level in Week 1 and provided Eagles fans plenty of reason to be excited.

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As previously mentioned, it didn’t take the Eagles star rookie wide receiver, DeVonta Smith, long to get into the endzone. Smith and the rest of the Eagles’ young receiving corps were productive throughout the day, accounting for 45% of the team’s total receiving yards, 55% of their receptions, and two out of the team’s three receiving TDs.

After Week 1, it is clear that Philadelphia has a talented young group of guys. There’s enough young talent and veteran experience across the offensive line to shock a lot of people and win a lot of games. The future is bright for the Philadelphia Eagles.