Eagles notes: Jalen Hurts catches errors, and the Eagles’ past Bears guard


It’s not always easy, it’s not always pretty, it doesn’t always go the way you expect it to, and sometimes you just have to hold your breath for three hours. This is why we love the NFL so much and why it drives us crazy.


The Eagles have won several ugly games this year—when they nearly blew a 17-point lead in Detroit, when they tied the Texans midway through the third quarter, when they trailed the Colts by 10 points in the fourth quarter. .

It happened again Sunday.

That was too close for relief, but the Eagles are now 6-0 in one possession games and they’re 13-1 overall, and that’s all that matters.

Here are our notes on Al-Nusour’s fifth successive win:

1. Jalen Hurts didn’t have any fancy stats this time around. He did not throw any touchdowns. Struggle early. But he did what the greats do, shrugged it all off and made a whole bunch of plays to help his team win. I don’t know if he’ll get an MVP, but Hurts is the winner and he made it clear why again on Sunday. got hit. He threw two bad interceptions early on. Struggle at times. He completed less than 60 percent of his passes. However, you look at the scoreboard and find it Eagle 25, Bears 20 and another win. The pains have overcome mistakes, poor starts and cold and windy conditions and, quite simply, the Eagles have outpaced the Bears. These are the games where you really appreciate Hurts. The last couple’s victory came easily. This Eagles need every drop of Hurts magic. Whether it was his 3 rushing touchdowns, 164 passing yards after halftime, his massive 3-and-out conversions late in the game, his 2-point conversion, or his big throws to AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith, Hurts picked the team up and carried them to Their fifth consecutive win under very difficult conditions. The stats were ugly. The performance was beautiful.

2. Hurts took a hard hit on Sunday, and there is nothing more important than making it to the postseason in good health. This was a little scary to watch. It’s a ball-running weapon, and it’s a tricky balance knowing how much to use and when to hold back. On Sunday, I thought, Shen Steichen called a lot of plays putting pains at risk. Now, some of those are RPOs and others scramble when the pocket goes down, and sometimes strikes are unavoidable. But aside from the breakdown between named plays and improvised skits, it was too much. Gotta keep the franchise.

3. I get that the Eagles thought they had a bit of a mismatch with their receivers versus the Bears cornerbacks, but on a cold, windy day, it didn’t seem like a set of deep shots to open the game made much sense. You have Miles Sanders against the NFL’s 27th-ranked run defense, given what seemed like a mismatch the Eagles should have tried to exploit. The Eagles ran 18 plays before Sanders (or any other running back) got a carry, and by then, Hurts had already thrown some nasty interceptions. I fully expected the vultures to come out and shove him down the throats of the bears. I was surprised they didn’t. And really, the Eagles never got into an offensive rhythm, and that’s what happens when you’re not able to run and throw early. Steichen has been great this year, but it wasn’t a very good day for the Eagles’ play-caller.

4. What a monster performance from the Eagles defensive line. That’s 55 sacks this year and 19 in the last three games, which is insane — especially considering the Eagles finished 31st in sacks last year with just 29. And as long as they were forced to pass, there was no contest between the Eagles’ deep fleet of pass attackers and the Bears’ mayhem at the o-line. The Bears only threw 22 tackles but the Eagles recorded six sacks, making them the 10th team in history with six sacks in three straight games. They are just seven short of the franchise record of 62 set in 1989 by Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, Reggie White and company. On Sunday, Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, and Javon Hargrave were two each. So now Reddick has 12, Hargrave 10, Sweat 9 and Brandon Graham 8 ½. And no team since sacks became an official number in 1982 has had four of its ten players. That defensive line has recently stalled, and Sunday was no different.

5. Focusing on Reddick, he was everything the Eagles could have imagined when they signed him to open free agency. He’s the first Eagle to have 12 sacks in a season since Connor Barwin had 14 in 2014, and you have to love his consistency — he’s caught at least one sack in nine of 14 games and had half a sack in 10. After being held 0-0 in his first Two weeks into the season, he has now earned 12 starts in 12 starts. He forces fumbles, piles up for a loss, hits the quarterback, and does it every single week. Early in the season, I thought the best defensive player for the Eagles was Darius Slay. Halfway through the year, I was thinking about TJ Edwards. But now it’s Reddick. He is the center of everything this defense does. What a signature.

6. What a great Boston Scott for the Eagles these past few weeks as a kick returner. On top of last week’s 66-yarder Sunday added a 58-yarder to open the second half and set up Hurts’ second TD rush. Scott doesn’t play much, but he’s a man of great value, and he seems to have a knack for playing big no matter what role he’s in. He is the first eagle to have more than 50 yards rushing in the same time. the season since Quintin Demps in 2008 and the first in at least 40 years with 50 receiving yards in consecutive games. My only question is why did it take 11 weeks to get him back there?

7. My favorite play in this game came late in the third quarter as the Eagles faced 3-and-10 at their own 4-yard line and the Soldier Field crowd got higher and higher. Hurts threw a short pass to DeVonta Smith, who was surrounded by Bears defenders but worked his way through traffic until he got a first down and then gained a few more yards as he dropped forward. Smith had a great Sunday – five catches for 126 yards, the second-most of his career. But this play was special because it was so crucial—a kick there and the Bears have great field position down the four—and because it wasn’t the kind of style he usually runs. We know Smith can catch and run, but he’s a very tough player, and his ability to break down tackles and not let the first man get him down made this play happen and got the Eagles out of the soup. He’s become a huge blocker, too.

8. Let’s talk about AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. Two years ago, the Eagles’ receivers were Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, and Galen Regor. Brown and Smith may become the greatest Eagles WR duo of all time. Brown is now over 1,200 yards, and Smith is over 900, both of which were amazing Sundays, making tough, physical, contested catches when the Eagles really needed it. Brown caught nine passes for 181 yards—most by an eagle since Jeremy McClain had 187 at Arizona’s 214—and Smith had the second-most yards of his career with 5-for-126. Sunday is great. The chemistry they have with Hurts is so deep, he believes he can get the ball any time he wants. And sometimes he does.

9. I was surprised Dallas Goedert didn’t play, but if he’s not at 100%, that’s the right call. I am all for making these decisions based solely on health and not whether the vultures feel like they really need him. What is remarkable is that the Eagles are now 5-0 without Godert, averaging 33 points and 425 yards per game. And when he returns – hopefully on Saturday in Dallas – the Eagles’ offense will be more loaded than ever.

10. One thought the Cowboys lost to Jaguars Sunday: who cares? It doesn’t matter. The Eagles would have been the top seed no matter what happened with the Jacksonville Cowboys. Cowboys are cowboys. They have won three playoff games since 1997. The Eagles have won 14 NFC Championship games since 1995. The Eagles have had six. Cowboys are not a threat to vultures.







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