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Eagles did what they were supposed to vs. Jets — they crushed an inferior opponent

Eagles did what they were supposed to vs. Jets — they crushed an inferior opponent

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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The Eagles' defensive line is working out together at Fletcher Cox's house

The Eagles' defensive line is working out together at Fletcher Cox's house

The Eagles are currently working through an unprecedented virtual offseason program, with the full team separated because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but some players are still managing to link up and train together.

Veteran Eagles lineman Brandon Graham jumped on an Instagram Live on Tuesday night with Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to talk about (almost) the entire defensive line making a joint trip to Fletcher Cox's house to work out together this week.

Here's how Graham described the setup, and his time with his teammates:

GRAHAM: We out here with Fletch ... The D-Line came out.

We got out here, we're gonna be with Wash, we're gonna be with Wash working out. Most of the D-Line came out. Hargreaves couldn't come.

JACKSON: I'd seen you with Slay, how was that?

GRAHAM: Oh, that was cool. You know, we'd been working out since last year, when we found out they was trying to trade for him. So we always just stayed together after that.

[...]

We start working out tomorrow.

Poor Javon Hargreaves, who's going through quite an odd first few months as a member of the Eagles.

It's unclear if Graham meant former Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn, current Eagles director of player personnel Jeremiah Washburn, or someone else when he said the players would be with "Wash".

Also, it's pretty wild to know that Graham and Slay started working out together ahead of a possible trade while Slay was still with the Lions. That kind of collaboration would drive people insane in the NBA.

Slay and Graham were spotted working out together last week:

The D-line's trip sure is reminiscent of the gatherings quarterback Carson Wentz likes to organize in the offseason. Three summers ago, he notably took some teammates up to North Dakota to work out and bond together.

That bonding trip sure paid off.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro figure out if the Eagles should sign LeSean McCoy or another veteran running back. 

Looking closer at the all-Andy Reid vs. all-Doug Pederson teams. Roob’s dispels some long-standing Eagles myths. And the guys continue better or worse with a deeper dive into the cornerback position. 

It’s all right here: 

  • (1:55) — Carlos Hyde will not be joining the Eagles.
  • (8:28) — Available veteran running backs.
  • (16:41) — All-time Andy Reid Eagles vs All-time Doug Pederson Eagles.
  • (32:13) — Debunking 10 Eagles myths.
  • (39:57) — Better or Worse: Cornerback.
  • (47:06) — Brian Dawkins advocates for mental health. 

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