The Philadelphia Eagles really showed up on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. When everyone was saying their schedule was too easy, and they were only barely beating bad teams, they went and destroyed the two-toned blue.
We know the offense went off. A.J. Brown had the perfect revenge game, where he had over 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He even had a nice little celebration.
The defense did their thing, as they held Derrick Henry to 30 rushing yards on just 11 carries. The run game wasn’t working for them, so they just stopped running it.
And we know how bad the run defense has been at times this year. It’s been putrid, to say the least.
The special teams, though, stepped up. They are the unsung heroes of this game, as special teams never get a lot of love after a win.
Special teams had a rough week last week. They gave up bad returns and had terrible penalties that only made it worse and harder for the offense, or defense, for that matter.
This week, they just came with more passion and fire.
“It was just attention to more detail,” rookie Nakobe Dean said. “We got back on the fundamentals. I wouldn’t say too much changed other than the passion and the energy towards special teams. The whole mindset of being out there kind of shifted in the unit. I feel like we play the best when we have that energy and passion going out there.
“I mean, we have one bad week and now we (special teams) are the worst in the league. I mean, come on now. We are just trying to be the best we can be. We are just trying to do our job.”
The unit definitely played with more fire and passion. They were flying to the ball, and it seemed like within seconds were already down the field when it came to return coverage.
Not to mention some big, big hits.
“Balling. Balling. Special teams went crazy today,” Haason Reddick said.
“It was like an electrifying hit after electrifying hit after electrifying hit… The special teams unit stepped up in a very big way today. I like how they responded compared to last week. Those guys were on a roll. They balled today.”
The special teams don’t get a ton of love, but they did their job on Sunday. The punt unit allowed only 10 return yards on average, which is a stat that I thought kind of shows how well they were getting to the ball.
If all three phases continue to play like this, there isn’t a team in the NFL that will beat the Eagles. They are looking like the most complete team in the league right now.
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