Week 9: High Flying Showdown

After last week’s disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles came into week 9 with one purpose, win. Even though the Texans have not played well this season, the Eagles coaching staff prepared as if they were facing last season’s playoff Texans. They gameplaned for everything that the Texans could throw at them and the result ended with a win. Both teams came out of the gate scoring touchdowns. This led to a back and forth game, which was won by the Eagles on a game winning touchdown by Zach Ertz. Ertz caught a pass in the back of the end zone with less than  a minute left and the Eagles defense made the stop that they needed, winning them the game 38-34. 

Carson Wentz had another Dr Jekell and Mr Hyde type of game. Wentz was pinpoint on some beautiful throws, but at other times he threw the ball right to the defender. Wentz would end the game throwing for 393 yards 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 36 attempts. Both superstar running backs for the Eagles had no room to run against the Texan defensive line. They both combined for less than 100 yards on 14 attempts. Keke Coutee and Zach Ertz are both proving to be the stars of the Eagles offense this season and this game was no different. Both players caught passes for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

The Eagles defense did just enough to win the game, however, if the offense did not keep pace then the game would have been lost earlier on. They did force Watson into throwing 2 interceptions, however only linebacker Burns had a sack. The Texan offensive line isn’t the greatest and we felt that the defensive line should have had more sacks. With the way that their schedule is going forward the defense will need to start turning into the no fly zone Coach Skellington imagined before the season started if they want any chance at making the playoffs.

With a current record of 5-3 the Eagles are in good shape going into the second half of the season. They are currently slotted for the last playoff spot, and with 5 division games left, the outcome of these games will determine if the Eagles make the playoffs or not. Next week they face off against the Dallas Cowboys, where they will be looking to make up for the loss earlier in the season.  


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