Eagles vs. Panthers: 18 winners, 4 losers, 2 IDKs

The Eagles’ Week 5 victory over the Panthers gained’t go down as probably the most gratifying wins in Philadelphia historical past. However, hey, the Birds finally received the win. Higher but, it’s time for everybody’s favourite postgame exercise: winners, losers, and IDKs!

THE EAGLES

2-3 appears to be like quite a bit higher than 1-4. Particularly with a recreation towards the reigning Super Bowl champions developing on Thursday evening. To not point out a highway recreation to Las Vegas after that.

Make no mistake: the Eagles hardly seemed like a playoff workforce on Sunday. They don’t have any scarcity of points to type out. However their (unlikely?) postseason hopes are nonetheless alive with this win. Identical couldn’t moderately be mentioned in the event that they misplaced.

DARIUS SLAY

Huge Play Slay deserves the sport balls from this one. Sure, plural, as a result of he picked off not one however two passes. This was the sort of difference-making recreation everybody has been ready to see since Philly made the choice to commerce for him and pay him like an elite cornerback. After solely having one decide in his first 18 video games with Philly, No. 2 confirmed up huge with a deuce to assist decide up a struggling offense. Can be good to see some extra of this playmaking shifting ahead. Between this recreation and the delivery of his new child son, it’s been an incredible week for Slay.

Along with his two picks, Slay turned the primary Eagles defender with a multi-interception recreation since Jordan Hicks in Week 17 of the 2016 season. He’s the primary Eagles cornerback with a multi-interception recreation since Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 1 of the 2012 season. Been a minute!

T.J. EDWARDS

Edwards’ punt block late within the fourth quarter allowed the Eagles to take over on the Panthers’ 27-yard line with 3:53 left within the recreation. 4 performs later, Philly scored the go-ahead landing and subsequent two-point conversion to make it a three-point recreation.

One of many nice issues about Edwards’ block is that he didn’t recklessly dive on the punter; he was underneath management. Had he missed the ball, he wouldn’t have been flagged for operating within the punter, which might’ve given the Panthers a primary down since they have been at 4th-and-3. Nice self-discipline and execution by Edwards.

QUEZ WATKINS

Watkins gave the Eagles a much-needed spark after their offense was dormant all too usually within the first half. His 53-yard reception was greater than half of the mere 88 yards the Eagles generated in your complete first half. Watkins continues to be a viable huge play risk. He was main the NFL in yards per reception (21.9) getting into Week 5. That determine truly dropped on Sunday (down to twenty.5) since he had two display screen receptions that didn’t go wherever.

Going to maintain banging this drum: Watkins wants extra taking part in time and targets. There’s simply no good motive for Jalen Reagor (extra on No. 18 later) to be getting extra snaps and appears than him. Watkins is definitely quick and good.

JONATHAN GANNON

JG earned his spot within the “Losers” part the previous two weeks with the Eagles permitting 40 factors in back-to-back video games. He had no solutions as his protection sat again and received picked aside. Gannon’s now again within the “Winners” column with a extra impressed teaching effort. Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator deserves credit score for a efficiency the place his unit solely surrendered 16 offensive factors and three.8 yards per play. The Eagles generated three takeaways, 5 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits, and two sacks.

STEVE NELSON

Two outdoors Eagles cornerbacks with not less than one interception every in the identical recreation!? That’s allowed?

Nelson’s decide with 1:57 left remaining basically sealed the deal in Charlotte.

Enjoyable reality: It was Nelson’s first decide since he intercepted Carson Wentz twice in Pittsburgh final yr.

JAVON HARGRAVE

Hargrave had an enormous sack to show a Third-and-4 right into a 4th-and-13 from the Panthers’ 23-yard line, forcing a punt. It was Hargrave’s sixth sack on the season, giving him probably the most of any defensive sort out EVER in Eagles historical past via 5 video games. Hargrave additionally had one sort out for loss and two quarterback hits. And a kind of hits was very practically a seventh sack that will’ve given Hargrave a brand new single-season profession excessive. Fairly respectable likelihood he breaks his private file on Thursday evening.

Howie Roseman has made quite a bit of errors. Too a lot of them, actually. However he completely nailed the Hargrave signing. He’s a beast.

FLETCHER COX

Congrats are to ensure that Cox, who broke his streak of 301 days since his final sack. He additionally had a sort out for loss and two quarterback hits on this recreation. Cox rightfully drew a whole lot of criticism getting into this recreation. The Eagles want their prime paid participant to carry out with a view to win video games. Sunday’s effort was a living proof.

DEVONTA SMITH

Smith led the Eagles in receiving by catching seven of his eight targets for 77 yards. 4 of these seven resulted in first downs. 68% of Smith’s catches this season have resulted in both shifting the chains or scoring factors. The rookie additionally drew a go interferene penalty to arrange 1st-and-goal on the 1-yard line (Jalen Hurts QB sneak for the landing) and shook free to catch the two-point conversion that gave Philly their three-point lead late within the recreation. Smith is evidently an excellent soccer participant. #evaluation

AVONTE MADDOX

Maddox is low key having a pleasant yr along with his return to the slot. He’s allowed only a 75.2 passer ranking when focused and Professional Soccer Focus had him ranked forty first out of 110 cornerbacks (Sidney ‘ought to of saved’ Jones down at No. 108, by the best way) getting into Week 5. Maddox had a vital go breakup whereas in restoration to forestall a landing to Robby Anderson. He additionally logged a quarterback hit. Maddox might be a candidate for an in-season extension contemplating he’s in a contract yr. Could possibly be sensible to lock up a top quality nickel nook on the proper value.

JOSH SWEAT

One sack, one sort out for loss, and one quarterback hit. Sweat’s first recreation with not less than one full sack since Week 13 of final season.

DEREK BARNETT

No egregiously dumb penalty this week! Progress! Logged two quarterback hits and performed via an obvious rib damage.

GENARD AVERY

Avery completed tied for second in complete tackles with eight. His sort out for loss pressured the Panthers to accept a discipline aim (their closing rating of the sport) to present Carolina an 18 to fifteen lead over Philly. Avery has seemed strong in his transition to linebacker. They don’t play equivalent roles however he’s warranting extra taking part in time than Eric Wilson, who noticed a decreased position this week.

DAVION TAYLOR

Taylor, like Avery, warrants extra taking part in time. He made some good open discipline tackles and seemed quick.

RYAN KERRIGAN

It took till Week 5 however he lastly logged his first stat of the season! In fact, it was a present of a sort out for loss the place the operating again received tripped up and was on the bottom to be downed. However, hey, it counts!

JAKE ELLIOTT

Elliott went 2/2 from discipline aim vary with makes from 58 and 30. His 58-yarder was truly the third-longest in Eagles historical past. He’s 5/6 on discipline objectives this yr along with his sole miss approaching a blocked kick by Javon Kinlaw in Week 2. He’s 10/10 on his additional factors. Elliott was additionally flawless in coaching camp outdoors of 1 unhealthy follow. Encouraging rebound following the worst season of his profession in 2020.

ARRYN SIPOSS

Siposs did shank a punt that solely went 16 yards after he seemingly felt stress from an oncoming rusher. Regardless of this, he nonetheless completed the sport with a swell 46.0 common on six punts. Partially as a result of he had an superior 64-yard bomb that bounced again towards the sideline and out of bounds on the 5-yard line. Siposs has confirmed himself to be the Eagles’ franchise punter.

MICHAEL CLAY

Feels solely truthful to indicate some like to the Eagles’ particular groups coordinator after good efforts from the kicker, the punter, the punt block workforce, and the punt return workforce.

SAM DARNOLD

Final week’s Eagles offensive output towards the Chiefs was certified by Kansas Metropolis having a fully dreadful protection. This week’s defensive show have to be certified by the Eagles going up towards a foul quarterback. Philly deserves credit score for pressuring him usually, after all. However there have been quite a few throws that Darnold inexplicably left on the sphere. He stunk. I by no means purchased the Panthers buying and selling for him was an excellent transfer. It’s clear Carolina actually needed Deshaun Watson and made a panic transfer to get Darnold as soon as the previous turned much less simply attainable.

JALEN REAGOR

Some gamers wrestle in a approach the place they’re merely invisible. Others wrestle in a approach the place they’re actively harming the workforce. When he wasn’t at his finest in 2017, Nelson Agholor usually slot in that latter class. As does Reagor.

Reagor had a horrible sequence to open the sport. He ran the opening kickoff out of the tip zone regardless of ranging from three yards deep and solely received to the 22. OK, so lacking out on three yards wasn’t the most important deal, but it surely instantly received worse from there. He dropped the primary go of the sport after which dedicated a holding penalty earlier than the Eagles punted.

Reagor had one other ill-advised kick return out of the tip zone that began the Eagles are the 16-yard line as a substitute of the 25. That 9 yards completely made a distinction when Jason Kelce snapped a ball too excessive for Hurts to deal with. As an alternative of the Eagles having an opportunity to punt, they took a security that was so near as a substitute being a Panthers landing.

Reagor had one other actually unhealthy second when he received BODIED by A.J. Bouye on a display screen play to Quez Watkins. Like, what is that this effort?

This play isn’t only one cherry-picked loafing second. Reagor has beforehand confirmed indicators of disinterest. It was a problem raised about him popping out of TCU.

Reagor completed the sport with simply three receptions for twenty-four yards, giving him 17 receptions for 140 yards (8.2 common) and one landing on the season. The 2020 first-round decide is clearly not warranting the taking part in time and targets he’s getting on the expense of a superior participant, like Watkins.

One optimistic: Reagor did have a 22-yard punt return. He took benefit of nice blocking from the punt return workforce that left him a whole lot of open room to run.

MILES SANDERS

Miles.

DON’T RUN OUT OF BOUNDS WHEN THE EAGLES ARE TRYING TO KILL THE CLOCK AT THE END OF THE GAME!

To do it as soon as was dumb. To do it twice?! Merely unconscionable. The Eagles clearly thought as a lot, too, by pulling him for Kenny Gainwell on the finish.

It didn’t find yourself costing the Eagles the win … but it surely may have been much more damaging than it was.

GREG WARD

G-Ward’s offensive go interference penalty wiped DeVonta Smith’s landing off the board. The fourth Eagles TD negated by a penalty prior to now two weeks. Ward clearly didn’t promote the decide and it price Philly 4 factors. Feels particularly unhealthy for probably the most veteran member of the WR room to make that mistake.

NICK SIRIANNI

One more gameplan that made you one go … “WTF?!” Once more, the Eagles solely generated 88 yards of offense and 6 factors within the first half. And so they began one in every of their eight first half possessions from the Panthers’ 10-yard line. It’s not like Carolina has a pathetic protection. Even so, the offense plainly lacked creativity. The plan appeared to be to throw all the pieces approach brief and hope somebody made a play. No aggressive photographs, no profiting from the quarterback’s mobility, no leaning on the run with the passing recreation not being productive.

Within the second, it didn’t really feel like Shamus Clancy’s current assertion that Sirianni might be a one-and-done head coach was so far-fetched.

The offense clearly discovered some extra solutions within the second half. Sirianni deserves some stage of credit score for these changes. On the entire, although, Sirianni hasn’t accomplished a ton of encourage confidence that he’s positively the appropriate man to guide this workforce to future greatness.

JALEN HURTS

I debated placing Hurts within the “Winners” part since he, you understand, finally helped the Eagles win. After session with some trusty Eagles consultants, nonetheless, Hurts landed on this class.

The passing numbers positive weren’t fairly. Hurts accomplished simply 59.4 of his makes an attempt for five.4 yards per try (gross), zero touchdowns, one interception, and a 62.7 passer ranking. Hurts struggled with points that have been hardly new to him. His inaccuracy resulted in too many huge performs being left on the sphere. Plus an enormous play for the opposite workforce with Donte Jackson intercepting a extremely unhealthy overthrow.

Alternative price is an actual factor. Participant analysis can’t simply be a results-oriented exercise. The course of is fully related. Hurts was actually unhealthy on Sunday and the Eagles trailed for a lot of the recreation due to that actual fact.

An elite quarterback doesn’t solely put up 21 factors and 228 yards of offense in a recreation the place their protection generates three turnovers and their particular groups unit blocks a punt.

That being mentioned, Hurts clearly did come up huge for the Eagles within the clutch. He led the offense to the go-ahead landing after getting the ball on the Panthers’ 27-yard line. Hurts’ mobility got here in useful on performs the place he made appropriate reads on the protection crashing down on the operating again as a substitute of respecting his legs.

Hurts deserves credit score for composure. Not each quarterback can ship within the clutch; there have been considerations about Carson Wentz’s capacity to do that previously. There’s additionally one thing to be mentioned for each Sirianni and Hurts how the workforce battled for them and didn’t merely pack it in after a foul begin.

All that mentioned, there’s a case to be made this win for the Eagles was one thing of a Pyrrhic victory. The Eagles’ 2021 season isn’t about successful in any respect prices. It’s additionally about evaluating key items, corresponding to Sirianni and Hurts, to see in the event that they’re long-term constructing blocks. This win didn’t actually transfer the needle in favor of these guys being foundational items. Each of them nonetheless have a lot to show.

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