The Philadelphia Eagles have performed 16 video games this season with Jalen Hurts beginning at quarterback. They’ve received 15 of them.
It looks as if the NFL world forgot how good the Eagles have been. The NFL will get such 24/7 consideration that apparent takes get outdated. The Eagles have been nice since Week 1, however there have been different shiny toys to concentrate to late within the season. As the playoffs approached, you did not hear a lot at all in regards to the Eagles. It wasn’t edgy to choose the Eagles to win the Super Bowl anymore.
Saturday night time was a reminder that the Eagles have been the very best workforce within the common season and might be within the playoffs too. At halftime, the Eagles have been up 28 factors on the New York Giants, and they went on to win 38-7. Philadelphia will host the NFC championship recreation subsequent Sunday in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys.
One legit cause the Eagles weren’t buzzy coming into the playoffs was the standing of Hurts’ injured shoulder, which brought about him to overlook two video games. There will not be a lot concern about Hurts after Saturday night time.
Eagles blast Giants within the 1st half
On the Eagles’ second play from scrimmage, Hurts threw deep to DeVonta Smith. Smith caught it for a 40-yard achieve.
There have been different moments that Hurts was examined and he stored passing them. He had a couple of runs the place he took hits, and popped up every time. Hurts wasn’t throwing deep typically however was on level with the brief and intermediate passes. If the shoulder was bothering Hurts, it did not present. Hurts might have put up greater numbers however the Giants could not maintain the sport aggressive.
Four of the Eagles’ first 5 drives have been 75, 52, 63 and 72 yards, and all 4 ended with touchdowns. Hurts threw landing passes to Dallas Goedert and Smith. Boston Scott, who’s on a heater in opposition to the Giants, scored the Eagles’ third landing. He has scored a landing in all 9 profession video games in opposition to New York. Hurts ran in for a landing contained in the two-minute warning and if there was even a bit little bit of doubt about who was shifting on to the NFC championship recreation, that evaporated.
This postseason we have seen video games that regarded like early blowouts turn into shut — or within the case of 1 recreation, a 27-0 lead did not find yourself in a win. But the Eagles weren’t going to provide away a 28-0 lead. They’re too good for that.
Lots of people forgot how good the Eagles have been all season. A number of middling performances with Gardner Minshew II filling in for Hurts should not have modified the notion of the Eagles.
Eagles protection is dominant as effectively
Eagles normal supervisor Howie Roseman had a terrific offseason. It resulted in essentially the most balanced roster within the NFL.
The offense will get numerous consideration, with Hurts’ ascension to MVP candidate. But the protection, with its countless cross rushers, has been dominant for a lot of the season as effectively. It actually was on Saturday night time.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones got here in on a terrific roll, particularly after final week’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, and he was unable to get something going. Jones had 57 passing yards and an interception within the first half. He was sacked twice. The Giants’ 5 first-half drives: turnover on downs, interception, punt, punt, punt. No drive acquired additional than the Eagles’ 40-yard line. The Eagles had 258 yards and 18 first downs within the first half. The Giants had 64 yards and three first downs.
The Eagles have been content material to sit down on the lead within the second half. The Giants scored within the third quarter however there was no actual hazard of them coming again. NFL followers might discover one thing else to do on Saturday night time as a result of the prime-time playoff recreation was determined early on.
Philadelphia is not a lock to win a Super Bowl and even make it. All six groups nonetheless alive after Saturday night time are all able to profitable a championship. But the Eagles confirmed in opposition to the Giants that they have all the items to win a championship. That’s been evident all season.