The 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles battle against the Tennesse Titans. The week’s talk is whether Derrick Henry will run ramped or does the defensive line step up. Will AJ Brown have a career game against his former team? Despite miscues and uncharacteristic mistakes from the line, the Eagles tackle the Titans.
An Out-of-Sync First Quarter
The Eagles start on offense. A sloppy start for the offensive line. Two false starts and an early need for a timeout. That was about it. The Eagles then drive down the field. The online gave Jalen Hurts all day to throw a deep 34-yard pass to the middle of the field to Devonta Smith. Smith muscles himself across the line for the first points of the game. The Birds are quickly up 7-0. The defense responded quickly. Derrick henry stuffed twice, and a big sack from Javon Hargrave brought the offense back out.
It was a quick three-and-out for the Philly offense. Hurts missed an easy throw to Devonte Smith. The Eagles almost had another quick three and out but a costly offside from Josh Sweat. Titans go for it on fourth and 7, and Tannehill converts with his legs despite a sore ankle. Tennessee puts 7 on the board with a 25-yard pass to Treylon Burks. Burks is shaken up on the play with a big hit from Epps. Epps gets called for a penalty. The game is tied at seven.
The Eagles get called for their third false start from a third separate player. Seamolu gets called for the hold, nullifying the penalty on Tennesse. Aj Brown snags a first down. Another Eagles penalty ends the 1st quarter.
The Sloppiness Continues Into the Second
After being backed up and Devonte Smith’s catch being reversed, a big 25-yard pickup from Jack Stoll, who is playing for the injured Dallas Goedert. Stoll then jumps offside, backing the Eagles up again. AJ Brown looks like he has a long touchdown against his former team. With his toe being out an inch, it gets called back. AJ Brown gets it right back with a 40-yard touchdown after running over Titans’ defender Kristian Fulton. Fulton is called for illegal contact, but of course, it is declined. The Eagles go up 14-7.
The Eagles’ defense does a great job getting Tannehill off the field with a seek-and-destroy sack from Fletcher Cox. Brinton Covey has a decent return. The offensive line gets called for another penalty. It is a questionable holding call on Jason Kelce. His second of the day. The Eagles have another false start, this time by Jordan Mailata. That is 5 in the first half. The Eagles punt.
The Titans start to run down the field. A few five-yard carries from Derrick Henry and some long passes from Tannehill. Austin Hooper had two big catches. Another false start but this time, it is the Titans in the red zone. This was followed by a huge sack by Josh Sweat, forcing the punt. Philadelphia is still up 14-10.
The Eagles go into two-minute mode. A big penalty puts the Eagles on the goal line. After two attempts and a designed run, the Eagles add seven more with 51 seconds left in the half. Philly extends the lead 21-10. The defense gives the offense another chance before the half after a quick three-and-out. The Eagles try to come up with some more points but ultimately come up short.
A Dominant Second Half
The Titans receive the ball coming out of the half. A pass thrown to Robert Woods from Tannehill looks like a fumbled and was recovered by the Eagles. The pass is ruled incomplete but challenged by Nick Sirani. The ruling stands after the review. This was followed by the fourth sack of the day by Reddick and Sweat. The Eagles’ offense drives down the field with an amazing catch from AJ Brown under tight coverage. The Eagles start to run away with the game up 28-10.
The Eagles start to dominate. The defense adds another sack from Brandon Graham. False starts and holding penalties continue but do not hold the Eagles back. After a costly penalty, the Eagles do not kick the field goal and pick up another touchdown 35-10. The Eagles run away with this game and allow Gardner Minshew to take over for Jalen Hurts with more than nine minutes left in the game.
The Eagles Tackle the Titans
Despite miscues and uncharacteristic mistakes from the line, the Eagles tackle the Titans. Philadelphia never once lost control of this game. AJ Brown has 119 yards in 8 receptions with two touchdowns. Devonta Smith joins brown with over 100 yards on the day. He tallies up 5 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Jack Stoll gets some action with 41 yards on three receptions.
The offensive line has to clean up these mistakes, which I am sure they will do. The defense completely shuts downs Derrick Henry and the Titan’s offense. Six sacks, mainly on crucial third downs. How about Briton Covey, with 6 returns and 106 yards, averaging 17.7 yards a return? Your Philadelphia Eagles are 11-1 and a legit team. They silence all the nay-sayers this Sunday afternoon.
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