Credit goes to Jets offensive coordinator Johnnie Morton
1. What very easily could have served as Philadelphia's trap game ended in a comfortable win for the Eagles, who used a wild minute of game time at the end of the first half to blow open what was otherwise a close contest. On a soggy Sunday afternoon, Carson Wentz and the Eagles struggled to get things going for much of the first half, but took a 17-0 lead into halftime after finding more Aaron Brooks Youth Jersey success running a no-huddle offense. The same struggles crept back up in the second half and the Eagles entered a lull offensively, but then came savior Alshon Jeffery. The big-bodied receiver leapt to catch a 50/50 ball over Ahkello Witherspoon (who had just intercepted Wentz on the previous possession), break his tackle attempt and outrun two more defenders for a 53-yard touchdown. It was Jeffery's best play as an Eagle and a demonstration of Wentz's resiliency, Addison Russell Youth Jersey airing it out through the rain moments after throwing an interception that led to a Niners touchdown. Wentz wasn't his best statistically (18 of 32, 211 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) and had a handful of missed opportunities, but it didn't doom the Eagles. At 7-1, no one's going to lament how Philadelphia's quarterback could have been better in a win.
2. San Francisco gave up 33 points, yes, so this might seem like an odd space to credit its defense, but we're going to do it anyway. Outside of the minute in the second quarter in which Philadelphia scored an Albert Almora Youth Jersey offensive touchdown and tacked on another score moments later on a pick-six, the 49ers played some pretty good defense. After a first half that most anyone would be happy to have until the final two minutes of it, the unit forced Philadelphia to punt on its first two possessions of the third quarter, held the Eagles to a 51-yard field goal, intercepted Wentz and helped keep the Niners within two scores. Problem was, the offense couldn't hold up its end.
3. Beathard was pressured mercilessly by a relentless Eagles front seven, who took advantage of Joe Staley's departure due to injury to pin its collective ears back and go after Beathard with reckless abandon. Alec Mills Youth Jersey It's as much an indictment of San Francisco's suddenly thin line (and offense) as it was a display of why the Eagles are true contenders, who get plenty of credit for their flashy offense (it was at times Sunday, even in a driving rain) but should get some more attention for their defense. Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Chris Long, Brandon Graham and Mychal Kendricks all harrassed the rookie quarterback and form one of the league's better front sevens. The lesson gained here: Don't fall behind against Philadelphia and find yourself forced to throw your way back into the game. It'll be a long afternoon.