For the second straight season, the Eagles have started 5-0. Has it been as pretty as last year? No. There were some nail-biting wins in there. But your nails were probably fine in this 5th win, at least in the second half. Yes, the Rams got out to a quick start, scoring on 2 of their first 3 drives. But other than that, it was a mostly stress-free win for the Eagles. They traveled out to LA, to play in front of a friendly crowd, and left with a 23-14 win.
Another 300-yard game by Jalen Hurts. AJ Brown eclipsed 100 yards again. And Dallas Goedert showed up in the passing game for the first time all year, getting 8 catches, 117 yards, and a TD. The Eagles were moving the ball all game long and won the time of possession battle by over 15 minutes.
Perhaps more importantly, the defense stepped up. They held Matthew Stafford to just 222 yards when he came into the game with the 2nd most passing yards in the league. The Rams run game was non-existent. And they gave up just 14 points while racking up 4 sacks. The defense was easily the biggest concern leaving that week 4 game vs the Commanders. But they stepped up big time. The new addition of Bradley Roby made a huge difference, as did rookie Eli Ricks when he saw the field.
It was just a good overall team win. Were there some things to complain about? Sure. But it was probably their best game yet, with only the week 3 win over the Bucs being close.
So let’s explore that win a little further. What did they do so well? What individual performances stuck out the most? And what does reaching 5-0 mean for their chances to get back to the Super Bowl?