With an oil-leaking defense, the Eagles resumed football with just under four minutes to go and executed a perfect version of the four-minute attack, subtracting time to maintain a 38-35 win in a noisy Ford Field. .
After scoring 44 points here last year on Halloween, Philadelphia nearly put together a 40th place and managed both numbers without scoring in the air, the first time that kind of production has occurred against the same opponent since 1933. .
Jalen Hurts, Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott all scored quick touchdowns as the Eagles piled 216 yards to the ground.
Jalen Hurts out of program – Evil remains incredibly difficult to deal with when the game breaks down and its ability to create something out of nothing is both a gift and a crutch sometimes for this Eagles attack.
The Eagles QB1 finished with 90 yards on 17 carries and his stealing 1 yard on quarter and 1 with less than a minute to go sealed things. Combined with his passing yards, Hurts had 333 total attack yards alone.
“I think in the running game we did a good job against them. We weren’t able to contain him in passing, relegation, scramble situations,” Lions LB Alex Anzalone.
“Obviously, that was a focus and emphasis this week, so we just have to figure out how to be disciplined and our rush lanes and where help is in cover situations and clean up.”
AJ Brown – The Eagles’ most spectacular offensive takeover in the off-season was more than advertised.
Brown’s unique combination of size and speed gave the Detroit defense the conditions whether he was in the middle of the pitch or was going deep just before half-time. Overall, Brown captured 10 of 13 goals for 155 yards, the most ever achieved by a Philadelphia player on his debut.
Deference – Eagles put off too much when they win the coin flip, but you’ve seen why they do it. When you combine the first and second halves with the scores, the game is usually over in this league. And doing it against a bad team is smart even if the Lions were able to convert at the earliest opportunity and the Eagles’ defense wilted late.
Miles Sanders – Sanders was very effective in handling football and also found the end zone for the first time on December 27, 2020. Sanders finished with 13 carries for 96 yards and the team score, and had a great 24-yard run on the game-guide in which it seemed bottled.
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Run support on even fronts – The Eagles really struggled in the beginning with their 40 fronts when it came to running fit and support. It wasn’t until Jordan Davis and Marlon Tuipulotu entered with a five-man overhang that things calmed down on that front.
Overall, the Lions rushed 181 yards, 144 of them from Philadelphia native D’Andre Swift. This will be a point of emphasis to move forward.
Game management – The Eagles did not react very well to the noise in the beginning and too often took a long time to get out of the confusion. It’s rare in recent years that you’ve had to worry about the 64,537 crowd, but they showed up and were ready for week 1.
The Eagles had two late game penalties, two 12-man huddle problems, and too often exited the huddle late.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Brown said. “Too bad I couldn’t hear [Jalen Hurts]. But how he handled the game, I think he did really well. I’m sure he’s going to say it wasn’t good enough. But that’s the mentality he has. It’s great that he has that mindset because, for all of us, it wasn’t enough. This is how we will see it “.
Jalen’s passage hurts – As usual, there was too much meat on the bone left as a poor pass to Kenny Gainwell left in the second quarter that turned an easy TD into a Jake Elliott hoop.
Hurts is also too defaulted for the run, ending up with 15 carries, a number that is not sustainable on a weekly basis. Finally, there is the worry of getting stuck on certain goals and not pulling the trigger when justified.
De Vonta Smith – With Brown excelling, Smith took a 0 for, no catch on four targets.
Quez Watkins as the kick returner: Last time we saw Watkins as the KR, he lost the role to Jalen Reagor because he didn’t make the kind of quick, decisive decisions that define good ones. The Watkins who showed up in Detroit on Sunday had the same problems.
Third Down Situational football is something the Eagles coaching staff insist on and Philadelphia did well on football’s most important down, converting 10 of 17. The defense, however, gave up 9 of 14.
-John McMullen contributes Eagles coverage for SI.com’s Eagles Today and is the NFL insider for JAKIB Sports. You can hear John, along with legendary sports speaker Jody McDonald, every morning from 8 to 10 on “Birds 365”, live streaming on YouTube.com and JAKIBSports.com. You can contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen