Four things learned in Eagles 21-10 win over the Vikings
08 Novembre, 2016, 08:16
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz pointed the finger at himself last week.
Sunday was a different story, however. His defense stymied the previously unbeaten Vikings drive after drive, forced four turnovers and stood at afternoon's end as the determining factor in the Eagles' 21-10 victory. The vikings weak pathetic offensive line could't hold up the speed, and strength of the eagles defensive line. In fact, he has probably reined in the offense since rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai took over for the suspended Lane Johnson at right tackle. And in his second start, the rookie learned how to swim. That game will happen on Monday Night Football in prime time, so everyone will be watching to see how this team responds and if the Eagles have shown teams how to beat Minnesota. "I've got to throw it away, get it out quicker, we've got to do a better job of sticking on guys".
Pederson has said many times that he likes to stay aggressive during games.
"For me, it was an easy situation and I had trust in our guys, " Pederson said.
As soon as the Eagles and Vikings consummated that stunning trade on September 3, the Eagles sending Bradford to Minnesota for a first-round draft pick and handing themselves over to Carson Wentz, Sunday promised to be a terrific example of the convenient narrative construction that happens in sports all the time.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings play was "embarrassing in at least two phases", meaning the offense and special teams. "But we were playing coverage that we've been playing for a long time and guys were comfortable with".
"We needed a couple of inches and we get stopped?"
Still, Bradford assumed his share of the responsibility for the Vikings' weak performance on offense.
"Obviously, we want to see the Vikings win, but we're glad to see him doing very well", Beth Melby, a Vikings fan, said.
"They got overpowered", Zimmer said. He has struggled the last two games and has thus fallen behind Dallas' tandem of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The only semblance of offence came from Josh Huff, who returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. He was the Vikings' leading receiver with 67 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions, and once again impressed as a gunner on special teams. "Sometimes you need that".
Wentz said there was "a little indecisiveness on the sideline", but once the play was decided on. "I couldn't let a kicker tackle me or I'd be mad at myself". The Eagles responded after Huff recorded the second touchdown return of his career.
The Vikings finished with only 282 yards from scrimmage - or 52 more than the Redskins rushed for last week against the Eagles. The others - Timmy Brown (five times), Derrick Witherspoon (three), Steve Van Buren (three) and Brian Mitchell (two). Instead of taking advantage of the great field position and striking first in a scoreless game, Bradford, with Graham's hands in his face, tried to find Adam Thielan in the end zone only to be intercepted by safety Rodney McLeod.
The NFL headed into new territory to open Sunday's action, with the New York Giants beating the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 at Twickenham, the venerable London venue that usually serves as the headquarters of the England rugby team.
Zimmer said he never considered benching and protecting Bradford in the closing minutes of a lost game. I don't feel like I have to motivate them. "So, stay in there and fight.".
It's a peculiar question to ask just six games into the Eagles quarterback's National Football League career, but Wentz hasn't been the same since he launched that game-clinching interception in Detroit a little over two weeks ago. It was a performance that can be charitably characterized as "gritty", good enough to win on a day when Bradford (four fumbles, one interception) was worse.