Week 2 Eagles grades by position after win over Vikings on MNF appeared first on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles won a complete game on Monday Night Football, dominating the Vikings by a final score of 24-7.
The hype train has officially left the station.
Here’s a look at site-by-site grades from the win:
Jalen Hurts: 26/31, 333 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 11 rushes, 57 yards, 2 TDs
This is arguably the biggest win of Hurts’ career. It was great. Hurts finished 83.9% and could have been higher; a few of his best throws weren’t even counted on Monday. Hurt also had 57 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground and had to really fight through the tackles for both of them. His only interception came on a ball that bounced off the hands of Kenny Gainwell. This felt like a game where Hurts really took over the quarterback situation in Philly. Of course, this season has a long way to go, but his stock is rising after this one.
Miles Sanders: 17 carries, 80 yards
It wasn’t an incredible performance, but Sanders put in a good day’s work, averaging 4.7 yards per attempt. Boston Scott was 4 for 19. The running backs had little impact on the running game. The one major disaster came from Gainwell, who couldn’t handle a screen pass and sent it to a defender for an interception.
DeVonta Smith: 7 catches on 7 targets, 80 yards
AJ Brown had a great performance in the opener in Detroit. But it was just Brown in this one. All three of the Eagles’ top receivers had big games against the Vikings’ zone defense. In addition to Smith’s 80-yard game, AJ Brown had 5 for 69 and Quez Watkins had 2 for 69, including a 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Even Zach Pascal was 2 for 14, which included a big third-down conversion in the first quarter.
Dallas Goedert: 5 catches on 6 targets, 82 yards
I have no doubt that Goedert is off to a great start in 2022. Through two games, he has 8 catches for 142 yards. He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but that probably won’t take too long. He is on pace for 68/1,207.
OL were guilty of a few too many penalties (they were flagged for seven!), but they blocked well enough to have plenty of injuries in the pocket. Hurts was tackled three times for 10 yards but the line did a good enough job of allowing him to pass for 333 yards. Some things to clean up but that unit is playing well.
Line of defense
Josh Sweat: 1 sack, 3 tackles, 3 QB hits, 3 TFL
The Eagles sacked Kirk Cousins twice in this game with the Sweat sack coming on the last play. Fletcher Cox turned back the clock and had a strong performance that included a strip sack. And Javon Hargrave also had a central pressure on one of the interceptions. The Eagles put on a lot of pressure in the second half as well. Still want to see more from Haason Reddick; he did a great job blowing up a screen pass but still couldn’t get after QBs.
In the running game, the Eagles completely shut down Dalvin Cook, who had just 6 carries for 17 yards.
TJ Edwards: 10 touchdowns, 1 QB hit, 1 TFL, 1 PBU
After a shaky performance in the opener, Edwards bounced back in a big way. He was a tackling machine and gave the Eagles the kind of physicality he gave them in the second half of last season. And Kyzir White also flew around, finishing with 5 tackles and 1 pass. Early in the season, that looks like a steal in free agency.
Darius kills: 2 INT, 5 PBU, 1 tackle
This was the best game of Slay’s Eagles career. He spent most of the afternoon matching up 1-on-1 against Justin Jefferson and leading. Even aside from his two interceptions, Slay could have had a few more if he could have pulled them in. NextGenStats, Slay actually had more catches than Jefferson when the two faced each other. That is a dominant expression.
Additionally, Avonte Maddox had a beautiful leaping interception.
Arryn Siposs: 4 punts, 179 yards (44.8), 2 downs inside 20, 1 tackle
The Eagles had a field goal blocked, which wasn’t good, but credit to Siposs for running it down and saving a touchdown. Britain Covey didn’t do much as a punt returner and Watkins wasn’t great as a kick driver. But at least the Eagles didn’t give up much in the return game either.
The Eagles came into this game with great plans on both sides of the football. Give big credit to offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who has now done a very good job of calling plays in back-to-back games. On defense, Jonathan Gannon had a more aggressive game plan, married his multiple scheme and helped his defense a lot to clamp down on a potentially explosive Minnesota offense.
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