Biggest Takeaways from Philadelphia Eagles' Week 9 Win
Nov 11 2015
Philadelphia Eagles' Bryan Braman (56) and Kiko Alonso (50) watch as Jordan Hicks (58) celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
The Cowboys are continuing to double down in their support of defensive end Greg Hardy, despite mounting scrutiny and criticism after Deadspin released photos of injuries to Hardy's ex-girlfriend. Every game is a big game.
The Cowboys got a break when Dan Bailey tied the game with two seconds left with a 44-yard field goal, the kick deflecting in off the left upright. We knew we have to ease him back into this thing. An NFC East title, a playoff victory, and a tight game against the Packers in Lambeau capped off an incredible year for Cowboys Nation (by the way, Dez caught the ball).
PASSING OFFENSE: B. Learning a new offense and trying to shed almost two years of rust, Sam Bradford struggled much of the first half of the season. But we're not going to put him in harm's way.
Jason Peters missed this week's tilt against Dallas with back problems, but the All-Pro says that he'll be good to go this week against Miami.
The Eagles, at that very moment, were headed toward the airport feeling a whole lot better about the second half of the season.
"We're still alive", Mincey said. Bradford's winning toss on his 28th birthday came a play after officials originally ruled a fumble at the end of a run by Ryan Mathews. "It was something that we worked on all week".
"Then what happened?" Kelly said. "Best birthday present ever". Byron Maxwell was called for pass interference twice against Bryant on the drive.
Bryant had 104 yards on five catches, and Cole Beasley had career highs with nine catches for 112 yards with two touchdowns, which matched his total from a win against Chicago a year ago. ThenEagles standout DeSean Jackson, the only healthy receiver who could get open, was jawing with receivers coach Bob Bicknell, whose current crop of receivers not only cannot get open but can't catch the ball. Hicks and Kendricks both played 72 percent of the snaps.
Philadelphia was able to find a few space in the running game despite the absence of starting left tackle Jason Peters, who did not play because of back spasms. "I think the whole group practiced well, but I think Jordan, in particular....the one thing is if you're in a slump, it takes someone with a great work ethic to get out of the slump, and that's what Jordan has".
Kelly said he's seeing improvement, especially from quarterback Sam Bradford, who completed 25 of 36 passes for 295 yards and a touchdown.
The Minnesota Vikings will continue to be powered by a running game that boasts one of the best backs in the league - though that designation may slowly be slipping away, thanks to the efforts of Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman - but losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams made a limited offense nearly completely one-dimensional.
DOUBLE WHAMMY: Dallas lost linebackers Sean Lee (concussion) and Anthony Hitchens (ankle) on Philadelphia's 95-yard drive.
It's not like the Eagles blew the roof off AT&T Stadium.