Another ugly Eagles win. The matter is not if its pretty or not but that it is a win nonetheless. The game seemed to last 5.5 hours with various injuries, penalties, and turnovers. The 4th win of the season for the Eagles was the first loss of the season for the opposing Vikings. The last undefeated team was flat-out embarrassed, and held to only 10 points.
After trading punts to begin the first quarter, Carson Wentz threw a horrendous interception going for Brent Celek that sailed right over his head. The Vikings got it down to the 2 yard line, but returned the favor with Sam Bradford throwing one right back to Rodney McLeod. Then, both quarterbacks fumbled and Wentz threw another pick on 3rd and long. That’s right, 5 straight possessions ending in a turnover.
The Vikings got on the board first with a field goal from 48 yards out but on the ensuing kickoff, wideout Josh Huff took it to the house, with Wentz adding the 2 point conversion, Lincoln Financial Field was rocking. Huff talked about the importance of the special teams in the week 7 victory.
“That’s why there are three phases to this game. We have our defense, who did a great job today. And our offense, who played iffy but we were able to get the job done. Our special teams were able to step up in a big way and turn the tide of the game,” said Huff.
The Eagles added a field goal before the end of the half to go up 11-3, the first time a half ended in that score in NFL history. The birds took a hold of the game with a 77 yard drive to open the 2nd half that ended in a touchdown to Dorial Green-Beckham, his first TD wearing black and green.
The real story of the afternoon was the defense. After getting gashed the last two weeks by the running game, the Eagles held the Vikings to 93 yards on the ground. They also got to their old friend Sam Bradford a lot. The Eagles had six sacks on Bradford by six different players and he was hit an astounding 19 times throughout the game.
Defensive end Brandon Graham knew that the first impression by the defense would set the tone for the rest of the game. “That was our goal. We had to start fast. That was our message. We couldn’t start from behind, especially with a team like that. Once they smelled blood, they were coming,” said Graham.
The Eagles will face another stiff test next weekend in primetime. They will head to “Jerry World” and AT&T stadium to play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night who are well rested after the week off.