After a long offseason, week one is finally here. After a very successful preseason, the Eagles come into week one versus the Kansas CIty Chiefs fired up. Last season’s record was not how coach Skellington planned on starting his tenure as coach and has high hopes that this season will be much better. The first game against the Chiefs looked like much of the same struggles as last season. Carson Wentz looked very sloppy, giving away the ball three times, which led to a 14-0 lead for the Chiefs. The Eagles managed to battle back, thanks in part to timely defense and the running of Miles Sanders. After tying up the game, the Eagles would once again fall behind but a perfectly timed pick six by cornerback Maddox changed the momentum of the game, eventually leading to the 35-25 win for the Eagles.
Carson Wentz, vowed to come into this season with the mindset of not turning the ball over. He did a terrible job of following that mindset in this game. His early interceptions led to a hole, that his defense had to bail him out of. Last season, his turnovers led directly to losses, and he got lucky that this game didn’t follow suit. He didn’t have a great game passing as his numbers were pretty pedestrian at 13 of 21 for 231 yards and 3 interceptions. He will need to change this if the Eagles have any hope for this season.
Miles Sanders was the star of this show. His running directly led to the win for the Eagles. Sanders was promised this year by the coaching staff that he would have his shot at getting carries. He delivered a magnificent performance running for 114 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23 carries. Sanders could be heard after the game saying, I told management to just give me a shot and I will deliver.” If Sanders delivers like this every game, the Eagles will be better for it.
Rookie wide receiver Wallace had a great preseason and looked to show he wasn’t just another body in the regular season. Wallace had a good day catching 4 passes for 95 yards with one catch that was caught on the sideline over 2 defenders. He led all of the Eagles receivers in yards and receptions. If the Eagles can get him going early on this season, watch out for his name come end of the season awards.
After going down 14-0 the Eagles battled back with multiple stops to allow their offense a chance to come back in the game. The statistics wouldn’t reflect that the defense did a great job but 2 well-timed sacks by Fletcher Cox on third down ended Chief drives. The biggest play on defense came in the form of a no huddle pick six by cornerback Maddox. After going no huddle, Mahomes threw right to Maddox who bobbed and weaved his way through traffic en route to the endzone. The defense would never give up that lead, resulting in a win. This was a good step in the right direction as last season, this defense would have given up major plays in the fourth quarter and lost the game.
After a successful win in week one, the Eagles confidence is showing. Throughout the locker room hope fills the air. In a tough NFC East, every game matters and the Eagles know that one loss can knock them out of contention. Up next, the Eagles face off against the Los Angeles Rams where they hope to not end the game in a tie like last season.