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A Great Start

Posted: September 12th, 2021 | Author: Tommy Lawlor | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 

There was a lot of mystery as the Eagles went to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. Both were operating under new coaches. Atlanta did have their veteran quarterback still in place and many thought that gave them an advantage. Jalen Hurts started his first season opener in the NFL, which had outsiders curious about how he would do.

Well…

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Hurts clearly outplayed Ryan. Heck, that was true in just about every matchup. The Eagles were better on offense, defense and special teams. Nick Sirianni out-coached Arthur Smith, who had a brutal day.

The Eagles didn’t just win. They dominated. The final score was 32-6, with the Eagles leading all but a few minutes early on. The Eagles out-gained the Falcons 434 to 260, despite running only three more plays.

When the Falcons had to throw late in the game to try to catch up, the Eagles DL went to work.

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The Eagles finished with only 3 sacks, but did also force a couple of intentional grounding penalties that were almost sacks. They regularly collapsed the pocket and affected Ryan. He was 21-35-164 for the day. Ryan only had one game of less than 224 yards last year and that came when he threw for 185 yards in a 43-6 win. The Eagles defense really got to him today.

Hurts had a very different day, playing at a high level and enjoying good protection. Funny how those things kind of go together. Hurts was more efficient than explosive, but there is nothing wrong with that when the offense is moving the ball and scoring points. He went 27-35-264 and 3 TDs.

I was hoping for 60 percent completions. Hurts finished at 77 percent. Most of the throws were short to intermediate, but Hurts put the ball on the money most of the time and gave him receivers chances to make plays after the catch. Jalen Reagor caught a quick screen late in the game and raced 23 yards for a TD.

Hurts hurt the Falcons with his legs as well. He escaped pressure on several plays and there were also some designed runs. He was 7-62 on the ground.

Maybe most important of all, no fumbles or interceptions for Hurts.

DeVonta Smith caught an 18-yard TD to put the Eagles up 7-3 and they never looked back. Smith was 6-71-1 and looked like the real deal. Reagor, Smith and Quez Watkins combined for 15 catches and two scores.

There are things to clean up. The OL blocked well, but had way too many penalties. Crowd noise is always a factor in domes, but the guys up front were too sloppy in that area.

The defense struggled early on, but then settled down and got into a groove. Still, tackling was an issue. Hopefully some of that was due to the lack of live hitting and tackling in the summer. This bears watching in upcoming games.

The run defense needs work. Atlanta moved the ball too easily on the ground. The Eagles got better as the game went along, but Atlanta also had to go away from the run due to the score.

The Eagles weren’t hurt by the rushing yards in part because of field position. The Falcons had six possessions start inside their own 20, with a couple starting inside the 10. It takes a long time to move the ball 90 yards when you’re running it. Give new punter Arryn Siposs a ton of credit. He averaged 47 yards per punt and had three downed inside the 20.

This really was a team win.

Before we get too excited about the Eagles, we do have to point out the Falcons looked bad. That team has major issues. Still, the Eagles won by 26 and played well. That’s what you’re supposed to do when  you play a bad team.

The Eagles didn’t score 30 points in any game last year. The last time they did that was the 2019 season finale vs the Giants.

The Eagles hadn’t won a game by 26 or more since beating the Bears 31-3 in November of 2017.

Forget about context and enjoy this win.

Today was a good day.

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27 minutes ago, time2rock said:

The Eagles didn’t just win. They dominated. The final score was 32-6, with the Eagles leading all but a few minutes early on. The Eagles out-gained the Falcons 434 to 260, despite running only three more plays.

I have to say... I don't actually even think this does the Eagles justice for just how flat out dominant there were.

150 of Atlanta's 260 yards came on those first 2 drives. 

The Eagles offense failed to convert on at least 2 4th and short plays. The Eagles absolutely left points out on the field especially on drives that were stalled due to penalties. 

32-6 is not a close score but actually the difference between them was even greater.

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The Eagles did end up dominating the Falcons. Going forward, it's one game. Too small a sample size to draw any predictive conclusions.

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33 minutes ago, PoconoDon said:

The Eagles did end up dominating the Falcons. Going forward, it's one game. Too small a sample size to draw any predictive conclusions.

It's funny... So a couple of my buddies are big NFL fans. One is a Bears fan, one is a Niners fan. Both were of the opinion that the Eagles were going to be a bottom 5 team in the league (and look I guess they still could be). I haven't argued it, I didn't see the point because there were just so many unknowns with this team. Anyway, my Niners fan buddy messaged me a short while ago to say he thinks we will actually beat his Niners next weekend. Just funny how one result changes a view so dramatically. 

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3 hours ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

It's funny... So a couple of my buddies are big NFL fans. One is a Bears fan, one is a Niners fan. Both were of the opinion that the Eagles were going to be a bottom 5 team in the league (and look I guess they still could be). I haven't argued it, I didn't see the point because there were just so many unknowns with this team. Anyway, my Niners fan buddy messaged me a short while ago to say he thinks we will actually beat his Niners next weekend. Just funny how one result changes a view so dramatically. 

Don’t know if they’ll beat SF, but I will say Niners fans should have some serious concerns about that defense. Giving up 33 to the Lions is just inexcusable. 

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Just now, nipples said:

Don’t know if they’ll beat SF, but I will say Niners fans should have some serious concerns about that defense. Giving up 33 to the Lions is just inexcusable. 

I mean it is but there's also context to this isn't there. They eased up because they were 28 points up. They eased up against a team with a new HC and QB who weren't just going to give up. And then once the Lions gained momentum that's very hard to stop in the NFL. The Niners were taking guys out of the game to rest them early on.

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5 hours ago, PoconoDon said:

The Eagles did end up dominating the Falcons. Going forward, it's one game. Too small a sample size to draw any predictive conclusions.

No doubt.  Heckuva start but the Falcons stink (but you want to see your team dominate a crappy team ... too many times over the years we played down to the competition).  Love the game plan and Sirianni's play calling ... let's see how well he reacts/counters when opponents watch film and note what he likes to do.  

I was hopeful before the season started ... my hope increased by a notch yesterday.  

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5 hours ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

I mean it is but there's also context to this isn't there. They eased up because they were 28 points up. They eased up against a team with a new HC and QB who weren't just going to give up. And then once the Lions gained momentum that's very hard to stop in the NFL. The Niners were taking guys out of the game to rest them early on.

The Niners lost Jason Verett and had 3 JAGs out there. That defense is highly exploitable next week. If the oline holds up (can’t wait to see Mailata tested) against their front 7, Hurts should have a great day. 

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Nobody in the media can figure the eagles out.......the questions were just pushed out another week because of how they beat the favored falcons.

The young guys played well, the defense was great and Hurts looked poised, productive and in complete control.  The media has given very little attention to how healthy the eagles are compared to last year.  And they downplayed the eagles acquisitions this past off season, because there was no "big signing".

That's how the media "analyze" teams.......free agent signings and flashy draft picks.  They give little to no consideration to guys coming off IR and 2nd and 3rd year players developing into productive players.  

Adding Eric Wilson, Steven Nelson, Ryan Kerrigan and Anthony Harris, which addressed big areas for the eagles, were basically ignored as low tier signings that will have little impact.  

The guys coming off injury and guys who were hampered by injury last year, are healthy now, but the media just figures they won't make a difference.

As I said, the eagles are hard to figure out or predict......they have a lot if young guys, but they also have good leadership from veteran players....which usually is a good combination.

SF, Dallas and KC are the next 3 games.....which will give a much better evaluation of just what the eagles will be this year.

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1 hour ago, birdman#12 said:

The young guys played well, the defense was great and Hurts looked poised, productive and in complete control.  The media has given very little attention to how healthy the eagles are compared to last year.  And they downplayed the eagles acquisitions this past off season, because there was no "big signing".

Couldn't agree with you more here. They don't know how to assess us. We handled a poor Falcons team but the focus seems to be more on how bad the Falcons are rather than what an impressive performance it was by the Eagles. 

To go on the road week 1 with a rookie HC and QB oh and DC was hugely impressive. It doesn't mean we are contenders but it was very very impressive nonetheless. 

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6 minutes ago, UK_EaglesFan89 said:

Couldn't agree with you more here. They don't know how to assess us. We handled a poor Falcons team but the focus seems to be more on how bad the Falcons are rather than what an impressive performance it was by the Eagles. 

To go on the road week 1 with a rookie HC and QB oh and DC was hugely impressive. It doesn't mean we are contenders but it was very very impressive nonetheless. 

We handled the Falcons exactly how a good team would have handled the Falcons.  In their stadium, on opening day and as an underdog.  

If dallas would have done it against the falcons, the super bowl talk would be nauseating......

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