The Eagles faced an inferior opponent on Sunday afternoon and they crushed them.
Exactly what they were supposed to do.
Would you have wanted the offense to hum a little more? Sure. Would you have preferred if Corey Clement didn’t muff that punt? Absolutely. Getting a shutout would have been great, right? Of course.
But the Eagles walked out of the Linc with a 31-6 win on Sunday (see Roob's observations). They scored first and never looked back. They were even able to get Josh McCown a cameo appearance in the fourth quarter. They covered the 13 1/2 point spread.
The 25-point win was their largest since the 2017 season, when they won four games by 25-plus points.
Sometimes, it’s just good to get a blowout.
The Eagles took care of business against a really bad Jets team with an unprepared backup quarterback playing behind a terrible offensive line. They sacked Luke Falk 10 times. They scored two defensive touchdowns. This was never close. The only points the Jets were able to put up came in the fourth quarter on a really short field.
And the Eagles won on Sunday without DeSean Jackson and with cornerbacks who weren’t on the team a few weeks ago.
Will this momentum roll?
“I don’t see why not,” linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “Obviously, our last home game didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I think we came out here today and set a tone.”
Maybe winning a game like this is great for the Eagles’ momentum. Maybe it doesn’t really matter. What I know is that it can’t hurt. And the Eagles should be feeling pretty confident as they set out on a three-game road trip to begin the toughest stretch of the season.
Good teams take care of business against inferior opponents. They don’t play down to their competition. That’s what made the loss to the Lions so frustrating. In this league, you just can’t lose games to inferior opponents, especially at home. The Cowboys played a slop schedule early in the season, but they won those games. The Eagles have to do the same.
Because the upcoming schedule is really tough:
Week 6: at Minnesota
Week 7: at Dallas
Week 8: at Buffalo
Week 9: vs. Chicago
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: vs. New England
Week 12: vs. Seattle
It wasn’t all good on Sunday, of course. The Eagles’ offense struggled after a quick start. And the team, as a whole, will need to play better when the opponent is better. But the Birds should enjoy this win. They did exactly what they needed to.
“What are we? 3-2?” Malcolm Jenkins said. “That’s all that says about us. 3-2, I think we’re a good team, but we have to continue to improve, continue to get better and go compete on the road.”
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