This was a very painful loss for the fans and the team as well. From what some would say is a bad call inside the 2 or simply a bad pass inside the 2, a phantom muffed punt call from the officials or just too little too late. Very tough ending to rewatch but it’s done and I’m certain the team will grow and learn from it.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Turner (17/58), Norwood (4/5), Ryan (1/4), Douglas (2/10). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 4; Norwood, 1; Ryan, 1 and Douglas, 1. For the second week in a row, the running game just wasn’t much of a factor. The upside is that Norwood had 5 catches for 55 yards to increase the production from the backfield.
Breakdown of passes:
Ryan: 23/44, 277 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 11 Bad passes, 4 Dropped passes, 3 Thrown away and 3 Defended passes. Best outing of the year by far.
Drops (4): White, 1; Douglas, 1; Finneran, 1 and Jennings, 1.
YTD Drops (19):
White – 6
Douglas – 3
Jenkins – 3
Finneran – 3
Turner – 1
Peele – 1
Norwood – 1
Jennings – 1
Run blocking: Struggled with the Eagles defense and failed to open holes.
Pass blocking: No sacks until the 4th quarter. Not as good as it has been but with Baker out, that was expected.
Sack responsibility (2): First sack was on Ryan for not audiblizing out of the play. The blocking scheme called left Gocong completely unaccounted for. The second sack was on Ojinnaka on the left side.
YTD Sacks (9):
Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 2.0
Quinn Ojinnaka – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: Poor day vs. the run. Giving up 6 yards per carry is horrid.
Pass Defense: Was pretty decent. Gave up far too much to backs and tight ends which accounted for half of the Eagles passing yards.
Defense was visibly different without Jamaal Anderson on the field.
Sacks: First sack went to Jamaal Anderson and the second came from Curtis Lofton on the blitz (congrats on first sack!)
Norwood had 4 kickoff returns: 1. from the 1, 21 yards; 2. from the 15,14 yards; 3. from the 5, 13 yards; 4. from the 11, 20 yards. Very substandard day.
Mughelli returned a short kick for 17 yards..
Jennings had 5 punt return opportunities: 1. from the 25, 16 yards; 2. from the 14, 4 yards; 3. from the 32, 2 yards; 4. from the 17, fair catch; 5. from the 40, muffed (or at least that’s what was called) and recovered by Philly. There were also two punts downed by the Eagles. While the call was horrible, Jennings should have been able to easily catch the punt or get far away from it. We desparately need a new punt returner.
Koenen had 7 punts: 1-29 yards to the 15, no return. 2-25 yards to the 16, no return. 3-41 yards to the 14, 5 yard return. 4-53 yards to the 40, no return. 5-34 yards to the 12, no return. 6-34 yards to the 14, -12 yard return. 7-48 yards to the 43, 2 yard return. Jackson was non-factor in the return game and Koenen pinned them inside the 20 5 times.
Koenen had 3 kickoffs: 1-to the 7, 17 yard return. 2-to the 17, 14 yard return. 3-to the 1, 16 yard return. Would still prefer touchbacks but the third kickoff was great.
Field Goals: None.
Special Teams coverage: Very good coverage.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Cover the middle of the field better in pass coverage (especially Tight Ends).
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Defensive consistency in the second half.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White (8 catches, 113 yards, 2 TD’s)
Defensive MVP: Jamaal Anderson (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 hurry) Main reason is how noticeably different the defense was without him.
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen.
Goat of the Week: Adam Jennings and the ref making the phantom muffed punt call.
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Next up: AT Oakland Raiders November 2nd!