The Philadelphia Eagles played one heck of a game on both sides of the ball last Monday. They weren’t scared of the lights, as Monday Night Football came into town.

The defense is the one thing there were questions about last week, as in Week 1 the Eagles gave up 35 points to the Detroit Lions. Week 2 was a bit different.

They played a better offense in the Minnesota Vikings and held them to just seven points. Not to mention, they also locked up a top-three receiver in the league in Justin Jefferson, holding him to just six catches on 12 targets for 48 yards.

The defense was locked in, and everyone is pointing at the Eagles’ secondary. While they were great, there’s more to it than that.

“The entire backend, it’s not just the corners, the nickels, the safeties, the linebackers, all of those guys fit in together and what you see is typically, what sometimes people don’t realize, is really good cornerback play probably starts with the front, and that’s what you saw in this game [Minnesota],” defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said.

“You know when the front is rushing and winning at a high level like they were, it just makes the quarterback uncomfortable and sometimes he has to throw it before he wants to throw it or the timing may be knocked off a little bit, but all 11 are tied together. Our guys understand that, and understand that here are how these calls need to be played so we can win the down. I thought all of our coverage players in the back end had a pretty good game.”

The whole defense was good, but the pass defense especially was great, or even amazing, one could say.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Philadelphia Eagles are the 11th best team at rushing the passer with a grade of 70.6, a huge reason there was so much disruption on Monday night.

The Eagles are also the fourth-best coverage team with a grade of 77. That speaks volumes to how well this team has been in defending the pass. They also stepped up in the run game on Monday, something that has been a big question for this defense.

This is a passing dominant league now, and I think most of us know that. If they want to continue to be a team that is competing for the Super Bowl, they will need to continue to put together game plans like Monday nights, but also go out there and execute.

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