That’s what we’re talking about! A game that we thought would be stressful didn’t bring us any. The Philadelphia Eagles exceeded 450 total yards for the second straight game. That’s the second time that they have done that this season. On defense, they held Derrick Henry to 30 yards rushing on 11 carries and eight yards receiving on two receptions. In his ‘revenge game’, A.J. Brown shined. That led to a final score of 35-10 and the 11th win of the Eagles’ season.
Every game won’t play out that way, but gosh, that was fun! How about a few game balls? As usual, we handed out more than a head coach actually would.
Eagles Week 13 game balls following their victory over the Titans.
A.J. Brown was exceptional. He’s our MVP in this one, but before we turn our attention to Week 14 and Philly’s first of two games versus the New York Giants. Here’s another tip of the cap to some of Week 13’s heroes.
A.J. Brown, wide receiver
Does everyone feel better now? Can we give A.J. Brown some slack now? Can we stop acting like these guys are machines and as if human error isn’t a part of the game?
He fumbled in Week 11 and Week 12. He bounced back in Week 13. You saw the game, but for those that need a refresher, A.J. hauled in eight receptions for 119 yards. He reached the end zone twice. Philadelphia’s other star receiver was also fun to watch.
DeVonta Smith, wide receiver
DeVonta Smith had a day. How’s that for analysis? Number 6 snagged five receptions and broke the 100-yard threshold. He reached the end zone as well, but his TD score was truly a thing of beauty.
What else needs to be said?
Jalen Hurts, quarterback
A.J. and DeVonta don’t combine for 13 catches if they don’t have a quarterback throwing them the ball. In Week 14, Jalen Hurts completed 29 of 39 pass attempts. The result was 380 yards and a quarterback rating of 130.3.
He tossed three touchdowns, and he ran for another. It was another masterful performance by QB1.
Britain Covey, wide receiver/returner
How about Britain Covey’s day? Where did that come from? Philly’s young returner exceeded 100 return yards for the first time in his career and racked up an average of 17.5 yards per return.
Josh Sweat, defensive end
You absolutely have to love Josh Sweat. The owner of the best sack celebration in the NFL, Number 94 racked up four total tackles, two total sacks (he and Haason Reddick shared a sack twice and he added another of the solo variety). He also tallied three additional hits on the quarterback. Ryan Tannehill will have nightmares about him all week.
Everyone else that contributed to the sack total
As mentioned, Reddick and Sweat had a couple of meetings at Ryan Tannehill. Javon Hargrave racked up a sack of his own and set a personal best in the process. Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox had quarterback takedowns as well.
This one gave new meaning to the phrase ‘sack party’. When it’s your team throwing the shindig however, no one is ever going to complain.
Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator
Everyone picks on him when his unit isn’t playing well. You have to give him a tip of the cap when his unit shines.
The Eagles’ defense held Derrick Henry to 30 yards rushing on 11 carries, a 2.7 yards-per-carry average, and a long of six yards. We knew the Birds would win, but we didn’t see that type of performance coming. We’re just glad that we were wrong.