(Written by: Kareem Rahman @kblack_yb932 Twitter)
Cover Photo Courtesy: Philly Voice
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The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-0 and are currently the only undefeated team left in the NFL. The Eagles improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2004-05’season, when the Birds won their first 7 games and ended the season with a 13-3 record.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 14-0 early lead, before the Cardinals turned the game into the nail-biter that it ended up being. A missed 43-yard field goal by Arizona kicker, Matt Ammendola, who was playing for injured Arizona kicker, Matt Prater, sealed the deal with 22-seconds left in the game.
In my humble opinion, the Eagles play yesterday wasn’t horrible, but it was one of those games where we could’ve, and probably should’ve played better. Some players on the team even said as much
“Every win isn’t easy. Personally, I have mixed emotions about the game itself, but we found a way to win”, said Eagles QB Jalen Hurts in the locker room after the W.
Jalen Hurts went 26-36 for 239 yards, and ran for 61 more yards on the day. Hurts also ran for two touchdowns. to help the Birds take a 14-0 lead early in the game. The Cardinals cut the lead to 14-10 by halftime with the help of a fake punt the Cardinals special teams converted into a 1st down on 4th & 7 late in the second quarter. The Eagles added two more field goals in the 2nd half by Cameron Dicker, who replaced the injured Jake Elliot.
Miles Sanders had a very pedestrian-like day, as he was held to only 58 rushing yards on 15 carries. Tight End Dallas Goedert led the team in receiving yards, totaling 95 yards on 8 receptions. And a welcome surprise to see for me, was Devonta Smith leading the team with 10 catches. I’ve been expecting Smith to have his share of big games this season, with how much attention opposing defenses must pay to #1 WR, A.J Brown, who was held to 32 yards on only 3 catches yesterday. This was anything but a pretty W, but like our MVP QB said, “we found a way to win”, and I guess that’s the only part of the game that really matters when the clock hits 00:00.
The 4-1 Dallas Cowboys come to town next week for the first of two head to head games this season against the hated division rival. I expect the Linc to be rocking, and I fully expect to see Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, with his usual facial expression by the end of the game.