The final game of Week 11 was billed as a Super Bowl rematch. We knew its winner wasn't going to receive a Vince Lombardi Trophy, but that doesn't make the result of this game any less satisfying. Monday Night Football finally lived up to the billing. It produced a game that we'll talk about for a while. The Philadelphia Eagles, though they'll need to turn the page quickly, have a lot to smile about after this one.
The Eagles have begun the regular season with a 9-1 record for the second time in as many seasons. They have wins over the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs on their resume. Fans will continue to complain because they haven't played their best game yet. Who cares? This one, ugly as it was at times, is one of Philly's most beautiful wins of the campaign.
Let's hand out a few game balls. Forgive us if we hand out too many.
How about a standing ovation for a handful of Eagles that made us proud on Monday Night Football?
1. Jalen Hurts, quarterback
Jalen Hurts has won seven straight games when losing by ten points or more. He has also passed Cam Newton to score the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in his first four seasons.
Philly's QB1 has done the latter 35 times. Let that sink in for a second.
2. D'Andre Swift, running back
The Eagles finally did what we asked them to. They ran the ball versus a team that, at times, has difficulty stopping the run. D'Andre Swift added to Jalen Hurts' 29 rushing yards and two rushing TDs with 76 rushing yards and a rushing TD of his own.
Swift also hauled in three receptions for 31 yards. We hoped he'd have a day in K.C., and he did exacty that.
3. DeVonta Smith, wide receiver
DeVonta Smith led all Birds receivers in receptions (six) and receving yards (99). His 41-yard reception set up the go-ahead score. If he isn't on this list, throw it out. He's phenomenal.
4. Kevin Byard & the entire Eagles defense
Kevin Byard's first interception as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles was one to remember. He picked off the reigning NFL MVP to end a promising Chiefs drive and led the Birds with eight tackles (all were of the solo variety). He also knocked down two other passes.
Sean Desai's defense pulled off another second-half shutout, this time versus Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs offense. Take a bow Coach. You most certainly have earned it!
Honorable mention: Braden Mann
Braden Mann uncorked an ugly one, but he finished with a 47.7 yards-per-boot average on seven punts. He even dropped his final one inside the Chiefs' 20-yard line.
Say what you will. Punters never get any love, but Mann is one of the MVPs of this one.
Honorable mention: Ike Reese, 94 WIP-FM
Once an Eagle, always an Eagle (for the most part anyway). In a city that can be as negative as Philadelphia, it's great to hear Ike Reese's positivity every day on 94 WIP-FM.
Call us crazy, but we knew this game would result in an Eagles win. Ike carried the torch as always, and gave us the pep talk we needed.
Yes, Ike most certainly gets a game ball after this one. He never doubted, but does he ever? Keep doing your thing Ike! We'll be tuning into the show later on today!