Philadelphia Eagles: 6 Studs, 3 duds following their Week 1 victory

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The Philadelphia Eagles may have earned the victory, but it wasn’t perfect.

1. The entire offensive line

The Philadelphia Eagles had a total of 14 penalties for over 80 yards, most of them coming from the offensive line. All but center Jason Kelce had received a penalty for rather a false start or a holding penalty.

These penalties killed multiple drives and possibly left points off of the board. It is safe to safe that offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, is going to ensure his players are aware of their mistakes and will get them fixed.

2. Steven Nelson, Cornerback

In a birds-eye view (see what we did there?) cornerback Steve Nelson did not have a bad first game, but he also didn’t have a great one either. Nelson had a few missed tackles and some blown coverages, especially early on, that allowed the Falcon’s to keep drives alive. It would still appear that the Eagles’ CB2 position still may be a problem through the season.

3. Hassan Ridgeway, Defensive Tackle.

It was a bit of a toss-up if Hassan Ridgeway was going to make this list, especially since towards the end of the game he was dominating the Falcons’ offensive line, but earlier on in the matchup had his fair share of struggles. His struggles included two penalties as well as blown gap assignments. It will be curious to see if T.Y.Mcgill gets the go-ahead once he comes back from the Covid-19 list or will Ridgeway remain a pertinent member of the rotation.

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Even though the Eagles were extremely successful against their matchup against the Falcons, there are a few large issues that stand out. Sirianni overall had a good game plan, but some of his play-calling was questionable to say the least. Both sides of the ball need to clean up their game, but it was very encouraging to finally see what this team can do and should only improve moving forward.