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Likes/Dislikes: Week Three

PHILADELPHIA, PA –

Week 3 was too close for comfort, as the Philadelphia Eagles were able to hold off the Indianapolis Colts 20-16. Carson Wentz made his much-anticipated return and while down a few playmakers on offense he had to work through some kinks himself. Ultimately, the defense stood tall when needed most and the Eagles got the victory. Here are our likes and dislikes from week 3:

LIKES

Carson Wentz’ Return – This week was the perfect opportunity for Wentz’ to get his feet wet in his return. While there was some rust for the Eagles QB 1, he showed the same escapability and playmaking ability that had him in the MVP conversation last season. Ultimately, Wentz finished with 255 yards passing and one touchdown including two turnovers. The play that made me say “he’s back,” occurred late in the first half with the Eagles attempting to get some points before halftime. On a 3rd and 6, Wentz was able to first step up in the pocket to avoid a rusher, then he felt the pressure again and spun out to the left, ran to the first down marker and dove for the first down (video below). Bottom line, the Carson Wentz we know and love is back!

Red zone Defense Shines Again – The Eagles’ red zone defense has been rock solid in each of their two wins thus far this season. Sunday, they were able to stimy the Colt’s offense each time they reached the red zone. The Colts finished the day with only one red zone touchdown in 5 trips. The defense was backed up twice against their own end zone due to the two turnovers by Carson Wentz. In both of these instances, the Eagles were able to hold the Colts to chip shot field goals. The Eagles capped off their stellar play in the red zone with the Derek Barnett sack to seal the victory.

Jalen Mills – One week after being featured in the ‘Dislikes‘ category, Mills was strong against the Colts. Mills was able to showcase his physical style of play when he was matched-up with TE Eric Ebron of the Colts in the red zone. Ebron did a good job of boxing Mills out and as the pass came in Mills’ was able to reach around the bigger TE and break up the pass. Mills is at his best when he can play physical rather than matching up with speed receivers.

DISLIKES

Offensive Line – With Carson Wentz returning, the Eagles needed a solid game from their guys up front. This was not the case. The Eagles OLine once again had their QB constantly under pressure. Wentz showed that he was back and he still possesses that escapability, however, he needs to be better protected for the rest of the season.

Penalties – The Eagles finished the day with 10(!) penalties for a total of 110(!) yards. The Eagles simply need to clean these penalties up. The biggest penalty came on a 33-yard pass interference on Jalen Mills. This was a tough one for Mills who was beaten by a step by TY Hilton, however since the ball was underthrown, Mills made contact with Hilton. Due to a poor pass from Luck, the WR and DB collided and the offense gets bailed out, these types of penalties are infuriating to see.

Another Injury – The Eagles came into this week already missing key players in Darren Sproles and Alshon Jeffery. While we saw the return of Wentz and Jason Peters showed he can stay healthy for a full game, added to the list of injuries was safety Rodney McLeod. McLeod said after the game the injury isn’t serious and he feels that he will be ready for week 4, but we will wait for the official word from Doug Pederson.

Wentz and the Eagles offense may get a weapon or two back for their Week 4 matchup against the Tennesse Titans.  Check out the Birds Informer Podcast for recaps, previews, and answers to any questions that you have! We’ll be live on Facebook at 7:15 pm on Wednesday.

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