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Eagles Week 3 report card: Shorthanded backfield grades out highest in win over Colts

Eagles Week 3 report card: Shorthanded backfield grades out highest in win over Colts

Carson Wentz picked up a victory in his return, but how did he and his teammates grade out after their gritty 20-16 win over the Colts in Week 3?

Quarterback

Carson Wentz: 25/37, 255 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT, 84.9 RAT

Wentz was mostly accurate (67.6 completion percentage) and flashed his trademark escapability. He was also slow going through some of his progressions, which was to be expected after a nine-month layoff. That’s all well and good, but Wentz’s two turnovers deep in the Eagles’ end — a flat-out terrible interception and a somewhat unlucky fumble — could’ve been backbreakers. Ultimately, he did enough to win without several primary weapons.

Grade: C+

Running backs

Wendell Smallwood: 10 ATT, 56 YDS, 1 TD; 3 REC, 35 YDS

Already touched on the makeshift three-headed monster (see story), but here are two more critical numbers: 1. Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams accounted for 51.7 percent of the Eagles’ total yards, and 2. zero fumbles between them.

Grade: A

Wide receivers

Non-entities, quite honestly. Nelson Agholor led with four receptions for 24 yards, while Jordan Matthews made a pair of grabs for 21. Kamar Aiken wasn’t targeted. The unit’s inability to create separation is a big reason why Wentz wound up eating five sacks. Yes, injuries, but still not good.

Grade: D

Tight ends

Dallas Goedert: 7 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD

All seven Goedert targets went for completions, including a 13-yard score on the Eagles’ first possession, while Zach Ertz recorded 53 yards on five catches. Goedert is actually trying to block out there, too, albeit to mixed results.

Grade: A-

Offensive line

Jason Peters is a warrior. It looks like he’s still battling that quad injury, yet the left tackle is still out there bulldozing people and keeping his quarterback (mostly) clean. Wentz was hit just seven times, largely due to coverage, and Eagles backs averaged 4.4 yards per carry.

Grade: A-

Defensive line

Derek Barnett: 5 TKL, 2 TFL, 1.5 SK, 2 QBH

Even before finishing off a late Colts rally with a fourth-down sack, Barnett was showing up in the run game — though backs carried only 11 times (for 37 yards) in the first place. Regardless, very possibly the second-year pro’s best game to date. Fletcher Cox 'quietly' registered four tackles, one for loss and a half-sack. Short, quick passes kept the rush at bay, yielding just four hits on the quarterback.

Grade: A-

Linebackers

Jordan Hicks: 8 TKL, 2 PD

Solid, if not especially noteworthy performance, particularly Hicks, who led the team in tackles.

Grade: B+

Defensive backs

Jalen Mills: 5 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 PD

Mills made a bunch of plays, even if his 33-yard pass interference penalty set up the Colts’ lone touchdown. Ronald Darby was beaten by a perfect pass for the score, then was solid the rest of the way. The defense allowed just 164 yards through the air on 40 attempts — a meager 4.1 average.

Grade: A-

Special teams

Corey Clement: 2 FUM

Two fumbles officially, but really three muffed punts for Clement, who looked uncomfortable in a return role. Jake Elliott hooked a 55-yard field goal try, though was otherwise perfect. D.J. Alexander’s penalty for running into the Colts punter could’ve ended poorly, but did not result in a first down. Sloppy overall.

Grade: C-

Coaching

Eagles’ record: 2-1

Two things needed to happen for the Eagles to win this game: 1. Doug Pederson needed to lean on his running backs and tight ends, and 2. Jim Schwartz’s defense had to force the Colts to dink and dunk their way down the field. The game plans were exactly what was necessary given the circumstances — Wentz’ return, injuries, opponent — even if the execution was lacking at times.

Grade: A-

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

The Eagles have been quite the disappointment this season, with the latest being their atrocious 37-31 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida. And with disappointments come possible troll jobs? 

As the clock wound down and fans became increasingly exasperated with the team, social media anger started to build and it looks like one fellow Philadelphia team may have added just an oh-so-subtle jab in there.

As the 37-31 score went final, the Flyers sent out quite the interesting reminder of their impressive record this November. It seems like they don’t want fans to forget that they are NOT part of the teams that have been disappointing this city. 

You have to admit, the timing is a bit suspicious. 


Fans certainly seem to think that the Flyers are trolling the Eagles with their post, based on the replies. 

https://twitter.com/sluongo19/status/1201252463703154688 https://twitter.com/btcs41/status/1201252665977720837

We love a little friendly fire between the Philadelphia sports teams, if this is a true troll job. Or maybe it’s just a conveniently scheduled tweet by the Flyers' social media team. 

You be the judge. 

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Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Updated: 6:35 p.m.

Oh boy.

Things have gotten wild over in the Eagles' world today, beginning with former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick torching almost everyone on his old team on FS1’s “Undisputed” this morning (see story).

Then, Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Scandrick in NSFW fashion to essentially dismiss the claims by Scandrick, to which Scandrick then responded on Colin Cowherd’s show that he essentially “wasn’t attacking anyone personally”(see story).

And so, after a morning of ping-ponging back and forth, we have the ultimate response, from the team itself.

The Eagles social media account offically weighed in in the most brilliant way. Actions speak louder than words, Scandrick, and you can't run from history.

Well damn, they really just exposed Scandrick. I mean, how do you come back from being shredded by both Jenkins and a professional NFL team?

So long Scandrick, you won’t be missed.

Jenkins himself apparently liked the tweet, too ... he had a very interesting quote tweet.



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