Eagles Week 11 game balls following their victory versus Colts

Linval Joseph #72, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Linval Joseph #72, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Well, you can’t blame the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense for that one being as tough as it was, at least not completely. They had their ups and downs. So did the offense. Giving up 32 yards and a first down on a fourth-quarter third-down attempt hurt, but Philly’s much-maligned defense made enough plays to give their offense a few chances at the win. This time, Jalen Hurts and company got the job done.

Most of us knew that this game would be tough. We’ll be honest. We had no idea that things would be this tough, but in the end, the better team won.

The Eagles take Round 10 by a 17-16 margin (sorry for those that took the points), but more importantly, the Birds improve to 9-1 on the season.

Let’s hand out some game balls following the Eagles’ come-from-behind victory.

This is what you’d call a total-team win. The entire team deserves a tip of the cap. Let’s toss out a few game balls (as always, we probably gave out too many).

Jalen Hurts, quarterback

Leading your team to a come-from-behind victory is the stuff that MVPs are made of. Jalen Hurts completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for 190 yards. He tossed one touchdown and a lost one fumble, but we saw the full QB1 experience today thanks to 86 yards and a rushing TD on 16 carries.

QB1 continues to amaze us.

T.J. Edwards, linebacker

Known more as a run defender than someone you want playing coverage versus the opposing offense’s air attack, T.J. Edwards was a joy to watch even when things weren’t going well.

T.J. is a baller. For those of you who say he isn’t, we really have to begin questioning what game you’re watching. He’s all over the place. He had ten tackles and a fumble recovery in this one. That includes two tackles for a loss of yardage.

Josiah Scott, cornerback

Philly clearly misses Avonte Maddox. Josiah Scott saw some criticism after giving up the aforementioned 32-yard third-down conversion, but he played a much more exceptional game than some will remember.

We mentioned the importance of the defense getting off of the field on third down. They did that to the tune of limiting the Colts to five conversions on 15 third-down attempts. Two of those stops came courtesy of Josiah Scott breaking up two passes that were thrown his way.

We can’t wait to see what Pro Football Focus says about this one. It wasn’t the most beautiful performance, but Scott was good enough. That’s all that you can ask for.

DeVonta Smith, wide receiver

DeVonta Smith was a bright spot when there wasn’t much that was going right. In total, he snagged six catches for 78 yards. As a result, he led the team in receptions and receiving yards.

Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph, defensive tackles

So much for some of your theories that these guys were cooked, huh? Arguments can be made that the Eagles don’t win this game without Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph. They combined for seven tackles. How poetic is it that these two shared a sack?

Tracy Rocker, defensive line coach

Players need coaches and vice versa. Tracy Rocker got Suh and Joseph ready to play in less than a week. That may be one of the best coaching jobs that we’ve seen all season.

Quez Watkins, wide receiver

He came up with a huge catch on a third-down attempt. He came up with a huge grab on Philly’s first touchdown of the game. He put the fumble in his rear-view mirror and played a great game, and guess what? We’re proud of him!

Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator

Everyone is tough on him when he deserves it. You have to give him a pat on the back when he deserves that too.

The Eagles’ defense played exceptionally well. When the offense struggled, they carried this team. They took the Colts’ best shot and still held them to 16 points. That had a lot to do with the Eagles winning this game.

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