I think it was pretty evident on Monday night who the best player on the field was in terms of defense. Of both teams, no one played better than the Philadelphia Eagles corner back Darius Slay, and I’ll take that as the general consensus.
The Eagles dominated the Vikings on every level. Jalen Hurts showed he can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. And Jonathan Gannon coached one heck of a defense on the field against a Vikings offense that isn’t bad, at all.
We knew what the offense would bring. The big questions everyone had, were about the defense. They showed up because of Slay.
Darius Slay shut down the Vikings’ offense, literally
Not only did Darius Slay have two interceptions in the game, he almost had another, and had five pass breakups as well. He was all over the field. While those stats are amazing, he also did something that many people don’t. He locked up Justin Jefferson.
During the game, Jefferson only caught one pass for five yards when Slay was the primary defender on him. No one does that to Jefferson. After the game, Slay talked to the media about the matchup.
“I’m always eager to go… but I don’t take any matchup lightly, but he is one of the best in the world, and shoot, I’m one of the bests in the world, too,” Slay told the media. “So, I was looking forward to the matchup.”
The Vikings’ offense isn’t bad. In fact, they have one of the better passing games in the NFC. They are also known for having one of the best receiving duos in the league in Jefferson and Adam Thielen. But none of that matters to Slay.
“It’s a very talented group, man, they are very talented,” Slay told the media when asked about the Vikings receiver group. “You know you have seen what they are capable of doing. But we have talented guys too… You know, we got everybody.
“We have a good group, we could really be a great group. We are going to continue to keep working… we are ready for any challenge man, and that’s what we are here for, to be the best.”
If this game didn’t solidify the fact that the Eagles can have an elite defense, I don’t know what will. The proof is in the pudding. This game not only shows that but it also shows how good Slay still is, and he deserves his credit.
“I mean, I have a lot of respect, but you know how it always goes, man,” Slay said. “The older you get, they think you’re falling out, but I ain’t one of them guys, man. I’m still at an elite level. I deserve a lot of respect in this league, I think the league respects me enough, it’s just the media.”
The Eagles put the league on notice that their defense is legit. As for Slay, he put the league on notice not to throw his way.
Featured Image Via Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports