7 Eagles who were the hammer in Week 5 versus the Rams, and one who was the nail

The Philadelphia Eagles show up and show off in Southern California. Here's a look at some A1 performances (and one that left a little to be desired).
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That's a wrap. That's what they say in the movie business. It just felt like the right thing to say following a game in Inglewood. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams by a 23-14 final score and improved to 5-0 for the second time in as many seasons under Nick Sirianni.

Next up on the schedule is a game on the road versus the New York Jets. We'll have plenty of time to talk about that one, but for now, let's take a little time to celebrate some guys who showed and proved in this one.

It's never a bad time to celebrate several Eagles, especially when Philly wins on the road.

How about a hand for several Eagles that swung Jeremiah Trotter's axe in Week 5? These guys most certainly earned their game checks.

1. Dallas Goedert, tight end

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We've been waiting on Dallas Goedert's breakout game, and we got that today,.,, and then some. Here are the numbers: eight receptions, 117 yards receiving, and a TD reception.

This was by far his best game. He deserves that. We've all been clamoring for him to touch the ball more.

2. Jalen Hurts, quarterback

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As you know, we can find reasons to talk about Jalen Hurts every week. We try to spread the love around and discuss the great jobs that other guys are doing because we know QB1 touches the ball on every play.

Jalen deserves a mention for this game though.

He carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards and scored a rushing TD, the 30th of his career. He set a new NFL standard in the process. No NFL QB has ever scored 30 rushing TDs in his first 30 games.

As a passer, QB1 was equally as deadly. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 303 yards, and he threw one TD pass.

3. Jalen Carter, defensive tackle

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Week after week, he amazes us. Week after week, we try and find ways to talk about someone else. Week after week, Jalen Carter looks like one of the best decisions the Eagles have made in a long time.

It's hard to believe that you can play in a Super Bowl and still wind up with a talent like this, but that's what the Eagles did. He racked up three tackles, two tackles for loss, and two sacks in this one.

4. D'Andre Swift, running back

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We still don't want to see D'Andre Swift overworked. We just want this guy on the field and healthy all season, but it's fun to watch him play though.

His numbers in Week 5: 17 carries, 70 yards rushing, six receptions, 38 yards receiving.

5. Reed Blankenship, safety

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Reed Blankenship is all kinds of good, and we're going to toot our own horns here. We knew that he would be.

Sure, it's easy to say this now, but we'll tell you why we believed it. Landing him after the 2022 NFL Draft gave us T.J. Edwards vibes. We knew he'd be great if coached properly. Now, look... Seven total tackles in Week 5. That led all Eagles tacklers in this one.

6. A.J. Brown, wide receiver

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A.J. Brown was again masterful. He schooled the overmatched Derion Kendrick in Week 5.

His catch and run at the end of the first half and the penalty he forced on the following play to set up a Brotherly Shove as time expired were amazing. He finished with six receptions and 127 yards receiving.

7. Haason Reddick, EDGE/linebacker

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Two sacks in succession. One forces a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter... Yep, that's definiitely going to earn you a mention.

Haason Reddick has earned three sacks in the last two weeks of Eagles football.

Don't expect the criticism of Quez Watkins to quiet after this one.

8. Quez Watkins

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We've been conditioned to believe that Quez Watkins will fail in big moments so often that, when he does, we're no longer surprised. We won't discuss the most recent snafu. We spent a considerable amount of time doing that earlier. Yes, he should have reached the first-down marker.

Perhaps, had Jalen seen him in the end zone and hit him for a TD, we would have forgiven him, but Jalen missed him. That means his error as a runner is all we have to talk about.

Sometimes, you're tha hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. Unfortunately, for Quez, he's the latter. We'll give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, this was his first game back in the lineup.

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