The Philadelphia Eagles soared to 3-0 against the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier today, putting up 34 points and only allowing 3. Tomlin’s crew hasn’t lost by more than 30 points in his entire coaching career. The Eagles changed that today. Every aspect of the Eagles looked to be firing on all cylinders as they dropped the Steelers to 0-9 against the Eagles in Philadelphia since 1965.
Carson Wentz shined bright yet again as the rookie passer threw for 301 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions while completing 74.2% of his passes. Wentz was not the only offensive star that had a great game. Jordan Matthews had a touchdown early in the second quarter that put the Eagles up 10-0 and really set the tone for the rest of the game. Darren Sproles showed that he is still a dangerous weapon considering he contributed 6 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. Speaking of the Eagles running backs, the Running Back by Committee approach yielded a touchdown for third-year back Kenjon Barner and a touchdown for rookie Wendell Smallwood. The Eagles’ offensive line kept Wentz’ jersey clean as they surrendered no sacks the entire game.
The Eagles were no less impressive on the defensive side of the ball. After a long Steelers drive in the first quarter that made it seem like today would be a long day, the Eagles defense stalled the Steelers and forced a field goal attempt. That attempt was blocked by Brandon Graham, and it set a tone for the rest of the game. Graham had his third sack of the season in as many games and a fumble recovery that was forced by star defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. Cox had a big day as well, contributing two sacks and a forced fumble. While the Eagles’ secondary did look like it faltered at times, namely when Jalen Mills was burned deep by Sammy Coates in the second quarter, the defense was able to keep Pittsburgh out of the end zone completely. The league’s leading rusher in DeAngelo Williams was stymied as he was kept to a paltry 8 attempts for 21 yards. Jim Schwartz’s unit was extremely impressive today. Over the last three weeks, the defense has allowed 20 points total, which averages out to 6.6 points a game. Scary good.
The Eagles head into their bye week undefeated at 3-0, and there should be a lot to be excited about as almost every aspect of the Birds was on fire today against a supposed Super Bowl contender. But then again, its just the Steelers, right guys?