PHILADELPHIA, PA –
After a week one win vs the Falcons, everyone including the Eagles were already looking past an underrated Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Instead, the Buccaneers stunned the Super Bowl champs in a 27-21 victory, bringing the Eagles to a 1-1 start. Here are our likes and dislikes from week 2:
Nelson Agholor– Agholor showed everyone that last season wasn’t just a fluke. With 8 catches for 88 yards and a beautiful touchdown, he was explosive and had reliable hands.His beautiful touchdown in the 4th quarter pulled the Eagles closer but they came up short. Agholor is going to be one of two players on offense that the Eagles can rely on until Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz are back.
Zach Ertz– Everyone on the Buccaneers defense knew that the Eagles number one option is Zach Ertz and he still had a great game. He used his smooth routes and soft hands to haul in 11 catches for 94 yards. No one on the Eagles roster is as consistent as Ertz.
Carson Wentz- There wasn’t much to like about the game but not long before kickoff, reports came out that Carson Wentz is on pace to start in week three. While Nick Foles played fairly well this week, the Eagles offense can hit another level with Wentz on the field.
Jalen Mills– The whole secondary played poorly against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers but no one struggled more than Jalen Mills. It felt like every pass play was in his direction and he never made a play. Expect Mills and the rest of the secondary to bounce back next week.
Wide Receiver Depth- The Eagles took another blow to the wide receiving core as Mike Wallace went down early and never came back. NFL Network is now reporting he will miss significant time with an ankle injury. The Eagles will likely make a move and bring in a wide receiver this week after working out a handful of them last week, including signing Braxton Miller to the practice squad.
Defensive Line- The defensive line didn’t play horribly but they certainly didn’t live up to expectations against an average offensive line. Jim Schwartz planned to rely on them to get consistent pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick and they were rarely in his face. If there is anything we can depend on though, it’s the Eagles defensive line to come out next Sunday and wreak havoc.
Look for the Eagles to bounce back next Sunday at 1PM against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in Philadelphia and listen to the Birds Informer Podcast for recaps, previews and to answer any questions that you have! We’ll be live on Facebook on 7:15 Wednesday night.