Despite winning in Week 1, the Eagles have raised questions about their offensive and defensive readiness, but we needn’t overreact.
With one week of the NFL’s regular season in our rear-view mirror, much of what we’ve seen is familiar. Often, the first game is where we see the strangest of upsets. The Philadelphia Eagles survived a scrappy Detroit Lions team, but they certainly didn’t make things easy on themselves. The Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, and Tennessee Titans weren’t as fortunate. All were favored. All wound up on the wrong end of the final score.
Week 1 is where we also see an exorbitant amount of overreactions. Philly, despite winning, hasn’t been able to escape that ugly truth. Many of the concerns about their performance are valid, but we can tap the breaks slightly, can’t we?
This may sound like an excuse, but there is some truth in the statement. It was only Week 1, and it’s a long season.
The Eagles’ passing attack is one-player reliant.
Those of you that were concerned when you heard Jalen Hurts was targeting A.J. Brown more than any of his other receivers in camp probably felt that way for the following reasons. There’s a need to develop chemistry with his other teammates as well, and if by chance, an opposing defense is capable of taking A.J. away, it would be nice to know that the Eagles and their coaches are confident in QB1’s ability to spread the ball around.
What’s most important is the Eagles got the win. We acknowledge that. It was also fun to watch A.J. Brown enjoy the best debut by a wide receiver in franchise history. Rest easy if you’re an Eagles fan though.
Throw this one in the category of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Philly had a mismatch wherever they lined Number 11 lined up, and with the Lions seemingly being ignorant of the fact that an adjustment needed to be made, Jalen Hurts was wise to go back to the well over and over again.
Let’s talk about those other receivers though.