Eagles versus Lions Week 1 studs and duds (and one incomplete grade)

Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles
James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

Cut a game ball in half for Kyzir White and James Bradberry, but hopefully, you didn’t take the OVER for receiving yards gained by DeVonta Smith as we did.

Newly-added Kyzir White is going to be fun to watch. His tipped pass that ended up in James Bradberry‘s hands was the biggest highlight on defense in Week 1, especially seeing as how it resulted in the first pick-six of Bradberry’s career.

Give them both a game ball for making that happen. Give another tip of the cap to second-year man Marlon Tuipulotu for getting into the backfield quickly to force the errant throw.

Zech McPhearson is our special teams player of the week.

How about a hand for Zech McPhearson? During a moment that will, more than likely, be forgotten, Zech McPhearson jumped on an onside kick attempt. That was HUGE, especially seeing as how the Birds scored after he did.

If not for the second-year corner’s awareness, the Lions would have earned an extra possession. We may be discussing a different outcome had that been the case.

We’re going to give DeVonta Smith a grade of ‘incomplete’.

Heading into Week 1’s game, the over/under for receiving yards by DeVonta Smith was set at 46.5 yards. Taking the over seemed like a great idea. He wound up with zero catches on four targets and a first-down reception that was nullified due to a penalty.

Now, don’t read what hasn’t been written. We all know DeVonta can ball out. Today wasn’t his day, but with his quarterback being under duress and with him needing to make a few throws out of desperation, Number 6 didn’t have a lot of opportunities to make plays. He’ll bounce back, He should be fine, so for now, we’ll give him a grade of incomplete.