WEEK 14: Sanders To The Rescue

The playoffs are looming and every team is fighting for position. With 4 games left in the season, the Eagles sit at 7-5 and are the first team outside of the playoffs looking in. With the Detroit Lions holding the last spot, there are currently 4 teams who are watching to see if the Lions fall. This week the Eagles faced off against their final opponent from the AFC in the Denver Broncos. The Broncos aren’t having the greatest season this year, however, several sources say they are looking to knock a few teams out of the playoffs, including the Eagles. The Eagles coaching staff had a great week of practice and told their team not to overlook the scrappy Broncos. The team took this to heart and came out of the gate on fire. Sanders started off the game with a 64 yard touchdown run. This was followed by a 52 yard touchdown pass from Wentz to rookie Wallace. This 14 point lead would never be lost as the Eagles dominated the game, resulting in a 52-13 Eagles win. 

Carson Wentz started off the game strong and let Miles Sanders handle the rest. Wentz only threw 10 attempts, completing 7 of them for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Miles Sanders continued his dominant season running all over the Broncos. Sanders ran the ball  19 times for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sanders, who was taken out in the fourth quarter was replaced by Huntley who did not share the same success. After being out for 5 weeks, rookie Wallace continued his promising season scoring 2 touchdowns on 3 receptions. The Eagles have such a balanced passing attack, that it seems a different player each week leads the team in receptions. 

The Eagles defense had their best game of the season, holding the Broncos to only 13 points. This matched their lowest score from an opponent this season. The defense forced Drew Lock to throw 4 interceptions on 22 passing attempts. The defense  was to much for Lock to handle  as he was benched in favor of rookie Tanner Morgan in the second half. Morgan did not fare any  better than Lock as he threw 2 interceptions on only 11 passing attempts. Both quarterbacks threw for decent yardage, but the interceptions outweighed the yardage gained. To go along with the 6 interceptions forced, the defense sacked both quarterbacks for a total of 6 sacks and 2 force fumbles. Slay and Wallace both forced 2 interceptions, while Jackson had pick 6 bringing his total to 4 defensive touchdowns on the season. He has had a breakout season and leads the league in pick sixes. 

With this win the Eagles are currently the proud owners of the last playoff spot in the NFC. After having a record of 3-4 at the mid-season point, the Eagles have clawed their way back into the playoff conversation. With 3 games left to play against the Cowboys, Bucs, and Giants things can change in the blink of an eye. If the Eagles want to keep that last playoff spot then they will need to win all three of these games. The good news is that they have control over their playoff destiny, the bad news is will they mess it up. The Eagles will need to play mistake free football down the stretch and that might be hard given the way Wentz has thrown the ball this season. Only time will tell how this story ends. Up next for the Eagles is the Dallas Cowboys who will be looking to get revenge for the loss they suffered earlier this season.