The Philadelphia Eagles are 7-0; they have an unblemished record, a lead in each of their third and fourth quarters of play, and supporters around the world are imagining scenarios in which they will become the first unbeaten team since the Miami Dolphins in 1972.
Can the Eagles pull it off? Will Nick Sirianni make NFL history coaching a team assembled by Howie Roseman with Jalen Hurts at quarterback? Or will Philadelphia lose one of their last 10 games en route to making the playoffs and, ideally, returning to the Super Bowl for the second time since February 2018? The possibility of entering Green Bay Week with a perfect record and earning the top seed in the NFC for the first time since 2017 is quite real considering that their next three games are against the Houston Texans, Washington Commanders, and Indianapolis Colts.
Did Anything Positive Occur Towards the Conclusion of That Season?
In the wake of a seventh straight victory, those concerns are for another time. Instead, Philly gets to enjoy the fruits of their labour and celebrate yet another true team victory in front of a fan base that is beyond eager to see what comes next. Sure, some will point out that Philly’s Week 8 opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, weren’t so good and that their league-best turnover differential is impossible to maintain over a full 17-game season.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 31, 2022
3 players most responsible for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 8 win.
CJ Gardner-Johnson, third
CJ Gardner-Johnson made the most of his opportunity against Pittsburgh, recording eight total tackles, including seven solo, with a tackle for a loss, a sack, a pass defence, and an interception to his credit for good measure as well.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive front frequently caused rookie head coach Kenny Pickett problems throughout the game. The quarterback from New Jersey was blown away by a safety blitz off the edge, and CJ GJ even gave him his eighth pick of the year with a fluky jump pass that miraculously ended up in the hands of the Florida Gator college player.
Gardner-playmaking Johnson’s abilities just keep leaping off the tape with each passing week and will only continue to shine as Philly’s defence continues to get tighter and tighter knit, even though he hasn’t even been a member of the Eagles for three months and is still undoubtedly learning the intricacies of playing safety in Jonathan Gannon’s defence after years of playing slot cornerback for the New Orleans Saints.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has 4 picks in the last 3 games
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) October 30, 2022
2. A.J. Brown’s Impressive Outing
What more is there to say about A.J. Brown’s afternoon that hasn’t already been said, A.J. Brown? The Mississippi State product finished the game with 156 receiving yards, which is the most he has ever amassed in a single game of his impressive professional career. He caught six of the eleven passes thrown his way, ran three of those passes in for touchdowns, and took six of those passes in for catches.
Brown was there to advance the chains when the Eagles required a significant play down the field. Brown was more than capable of overpowering Ahkello Witherspoon when the Eagles faced single coverage on the outside, leading to a historic effort.
Heck, Brown’s performance that day was so strong that even a quick slant across the middle of the field for Philadelphia’s top receiver turned into a significant gain of more than 40 yards when he decided to turn around and sprint head-first for the goal post on what might have been his fourth touchdown of the contest.
If this is Brown’s breakout season, his performance in Week 8 will probably be remembered as the pinnacle of his run.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 30, 2022
1. Jalen Hurts Completed Everything in The Air.
Jalen Hurts achieved the impossible in Week 8: he won the game nearly entirely with his arm, defying the awful moniker of “running quarterback” that had been attached to him early in his professional career.
Despite the fact that he only made two attempts for 10 yards on the ground and was sacked three times, Hurts still gained some ground through the air. Before being replaced by Gardner Minshew in the fourth quarter, he completed 19 of his 28 passes for 285 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The pride of Oklahoma has suddenly transformed into one of the NFL’s most effective football movers, with the pinpoint accuracy to drop passes into double coverage and only place the ball where his teammates can haul it in. Previously, fans had questioned whether Hurts had a strong enough arm or a quick enough ticker to process the game at a professional level.
The best thing, though? Hurts give his players extremely high praise, which demonstrates a humble genuineness that is the hallmark of a good leader.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 30, 2022