After months of waiting, Carson Wentz finally made his return to the field in a win against the Indianapolis Colts. While it was not pretty, the Birds got the job done. After this win, they move to 2-1 on the season. Here are 5 takeaways from the game:
1. What rust?
The biggest fear with Carson Wentz’s return was that he was not going to be prepared to play at the same level he had been playing at, well, he quickly proved the doubters wrong. On his first drive, he threw a touchdown to Dallas Goedert. He finished the game going 25/37 for 255 yds with 1 TD and 1 INT. While he did make some lapses in judgment and lost the ball twice, he more or less looked like his old self.
2. Jalen Mills has become a liability.
This week should have been a week where Jalen Mills reproved the fact that he is the #1 corner in Philly, however, he continued the bad trend of hurting the defense. While last week he was burned over and over by DeSean Jackson, this week he committed penalties left and right. He committed two pass interference penalties that kept Colts drives alive. While he did have 5 tackles, his mistakes were much more noticeable. Here’s to hoping that he works through these issues.
3. This defense is legit.
When it came time to stop the Andrew Luck and the Colts, the defense stepped up to the occasion. Once again, when they had their backs to the wall, they stopped the offense. Facing a fourth and goal, Derek Barnett surged through to get a sack. The defense only allowed Luck to throw for 164 yds. If the Eagles have any chance at repeating as Super Bowl Champs, it will be because of the defense.
4. Has anyone talked to Dez Bryant?
While that question does sound odd, it would make sense if the Eagles gave the former Cowboys WR a call. Nelson Agholor led all Eagles receivers with 4 catches for 24 yds. That is not going to work for the Eagles. With Alshon Jeffery still on the mend and injuries to Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins, the Eagles need to think about other options at the position.
5. Winning ugly.
While last year, the Eagles would blow out the majority of their opponents, the most important wins came in tight ball games. This Eagles team has shown an ability to win ugly games. They showed that again on Sunday. This team has heart.
Next week, the Eagles travel to Nashville to take on the 2-1 Tennessee Titans. They’ll be led by QB Marcus Mariota and FS Kevin Byard.
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