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Week 6: Eagles Get Much-Needed Statement Win

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Eagles Put League On Notice With Statement Win In Charlotte

Thursday Night Football is making a comeback after last night’s game. In Week 6, the Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers for NFC supremacy. Both teams shared a 4-1 record, and it was a dream matchup for football fans; a game with two hard-hitting defenses and two mobile quarterbacks that are willing to risk it all for their teammates. Philadelphia put on an impressive display of offense and defense that’s going to have football analysts talking all week. The Birds finally have the statement win that should catapult them into the NFC’s best team conversation.

Wentz Throws Three Touchdowns For Second Week In A Row

There’s no better time to join the “Carson Wentz For MVP” campaign than now. The Eagles quarterback improved drastically in the offseason, and now he looks like a different quarterback in the regular season. He has become a master at converting third downs, and he does not seem to let defenses rattle him anymore. At the beginning of the Carolina game, Wentz was roughed up by the Panthers defense, and it looked like it was going to be a long night for him. Instead, he picked himself up and didn’t let the hits shake him. Wentz deserves an A for his performance. From here on, he should only get better.

The Eagles Defense Can Be Great With A Healthy Fletcher Cox

All Philadelphia fans should give the defense a standing ovation. They have been playing outstanding football and have exceeded all expectations. In the two games that defensive tackle Fletcher Cox missed, the Eagles defense stepped up and made plays without him. Philly managed to win both games, and defensively speaking, it felt almost like Cox was not needed to win games. It is worth noting linebacker Nigel Bradham’s impact on the defensive line and how he has stepped up to help them in coverage. Cox created havoc against Carolina’s offensive line and pressured quarterback Cam Newton to force some throws that led to turnovers. Regarding Cox, the big question is whether or not he can remain healthy. The only way to stop Cox is if he does not stay healthy.

Philly Fans Don’t Want To Imagine Life Without Lane Johnson

Offensive tackle Lane Johnson was ruled out with a concussion, and the Eagles certainly missed him in Charlotte. Johnson’s absence was a bitter reminder of last season for Eagles fans. As a result of PED use, Johnson served a 10-game suspension during which time Philadelphia sorely missed him. Last night, Johnson’s absence was felt instantly when Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers sacked Wentz and caused him to fumble early in the first quarter. Wentz might have been able to bounce back, but that may not always be the case. There is no doubt about what Wentz can do when the team protects him well, so having excellent protection is a must for Philadelphia. That is where life without Lane Johnson becomes something Eagles fans want to avoid. Although last night resulted in a win, it might not always be the happy ending Philly achieves.

The Secondary Isn’t Great, But They Don’t Have To Be

Three interceptions against the almighty Cam Newton. Cornerbacks Patrick Robinson, Jalen Mills, and Rasul Douglas all got a piece of the action. Let’s be honest; here it could have easily been more than three interceptions. The one flaw that this secondary has is that they should be creating more turnovers. For example, Robinson dropped an interception in last night’s matchup, as did Douglas. This defense needs every turnover they can get, and they can only hope that one day it does not cost them a game. Still, they played a great game, and deserve praise for helping the team get this statement win.

What Lies Ahead For The Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-1, and nobody saw it coming. This team has taken the league, and their division, by surprise and are now in the conversation of elite teams. How far can this team go? It is still too early to say. Philly has to take it a game at a time. This statement win is a step in the right direction for the Eagles. Wentz is in the conversation for MVP, and they have an offense that can match-up with the best of the best. The focus at the moment for Philadelphia should be getting healthy. The injuries did not stop in the Carolina game, and they cannot afford to lose anyone else, especially on offense. The sky is the limit, Philly.