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Falcons vs. Eagles Recap – Week 10

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Eagles defense stuns Ryan, Top Offense

The Eagles are back in the playoff picture they defeated the red hot Atlanta Falcons, who has the leagues top offense, by a score of 24-15.  The ferocious Eagles defense was able to keep MVP-candidate Matt Ryan in check all afternoon, limiting him to 267 yards and a single touchdown.  He also threw a bad interception that landed in cornerback Leodis McKelvin‘s arms to seal the game late in the forth quarter.

The biggest story of the day was coach Doug Pederson‘s solid game plan, which was designed to run the ball and keep the explosive Atlanta offense on the sideline.  The team did just that, running for over 200 yards behind an impressive offensive line performance. Ryan Mathews found the end zone twice to compliment his 109 yards.  Rookie Wendell Smallwood also contributed 70 yards of his own on 13 carries.

Carson Wentz gave a great effort with 231 yards of his own.  The rookie has been impressive, and given the Eagles a chance to win every game this year.

Drops continued to plague the team, who posted two more on Sunday afternoon.  Jordan Matthews dropped a rocket of a pass from Wentz down the field for what would have been a first down.  This group will certainly have to be improved through the draft and free agency.  With his recent PED suspension, the soon-to-be lower priced Alshon Jeffery‘s name has resurfaced around social media as someone the team may choose to look at following the season.  However, it’s unsure if the team is willing to take that risk after getting burned by Lane Johnson.

While talking about Lane Johnson, it’s worth noting the recent play of Halapoulivaati Vaitai.  The rookie has improved tremendously each game after his rough debut against Ryan Kerrigan and the Washington Redskins.  On Sunday, he kept Vic Beasley, a talented young pass rusher in check outside of one play where Beasley displayed an impressive bull rush, and another where Wentz should have thrown the ball away.  He’s looking like a capable player in this league, and that’s a good sign for the Eagles.

The defense continued to give opponents fits up front.  Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan were pushing back the interior offensive line back all day.  Only Brandon Graham had a sack to show, but their strong defense allowed them to keep the Falcons to their lowest offensive output of the year.

Jalen Mills continued to challenge Julio Jones, although he didn’t win too often.  The rookies confidence is impressive, and he should turn into a solid player moving forward as he works with Jim Schwartz and Cory Undlin.

The team will have another tough next next weekend when they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, who are coming off an impressive win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  My guess is they won’t get their second win in a row, but an encouraging effort would go a long way towards the development of this young group.

Fly Eagles Fly.