After a restful bye week, the Philadelphia Eagles sitting with a record of 3-2 faced off against the downward trending Indianapolis Colts. The Colts came into this week needing a big win. Both divisions are up for grabs at this point and the winner of this game will become that much closer in their quest.
This was an odd game from the start. Both teams had great success between the twenties. It was as if both defenses had no interest in playing defense unless the offense got into the redzone. Once both offenses hit the red zone, both defenses played lights out holding each other to just field goals. Each team scored one touchdown, and ironically it came down to one field goal that determined the winner. The Colts kicked 4 field goals, while the Eagles kicked 5. The Colts had a shot at the end of the game to tie up the game but the Eagles defense finally stepped up at the end. Jake Elliot would put the final nail in the Colts coffin, by giving the Eagles the final score of the game, which put the score at 22-19.
Carson Wentz and the offense had a good game statistically, they just couldn’t finish most drives. Wentz spread the ball around between 6 players, however, his favorite target this season Keke Coutee got the most receptions in this game. Wentz would end the game with 289 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on 30 attempts. Keke Coutee has proven this season that he is the clear cut number one receiver on this team. He caught 10 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown in this game. He is making sure that teams cant just stack the box in order to guard Miles Sanders. Speaking of Sanders, he didn’t have his usual 100 yard performance on the ground. He was given 15 attempts but could only muster 52 yards against the Colts monster defensive line. When asked about his performance, Sanders was disappointed in how he performed,however, was happy that the Eagles still got the win. Last season the Eagles were a running team, but with most teams stacking the box they have resorted to passing in a lot of situations. When Wentz goes through his reads instead of forcing throws he is proving that this defensive tactic is a mistake.
Head coach Jack Skellington was worried about the Colts offensive talent, in particular Johnathan Taylor. Taylor has been unstoppable since he entered the league, however, Skellington told his team the game plan was to make Taylor a non factor in this game. Taylor did get his yards, however, the Colts stopped him where it mattered, in the red zone. Taylor had the Colts only touchdown, and was forced backwards within the redzone on most attempts. The Eagles were content in letting the Colts get to the redzone, but made sure that’s all they got to. The defense recorded no sacks, fumbles and only one interception, however, even without all these they played the best defensive game of the season. No one on this team is worried about statistics, so they will all be happy if every game went like this one. Regression is going to take its toll on some of the older Eagles, however, a superbowl ring will lessen the impact for all of these players.
This was a big win for the Eagles as it kept them in the race for not only the playoffs but their division as well. Everyone in the division keeps winning and the Eagles need to keep up with them in order to have a chance. The NFC as a conference have all performed great as of late and if we look at the current playoff predictor, a winning team is out. Just as it could have been last season the NFC East can send 4 teams to the playoffs this season. The Eagles are currently last in the East and with their upcoming schedule, they will need all the wins they can get. Coach Skellington knows what is ahead for his team and will keep his team motivated. Next up they will face off against the San Francisco 49ers.