By: Kylan Watson
Fresh off the bye week the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in the battle of PA. Philly played like a team that had a week off to get healthy and they used their air attack to rout the Steelers 35-to-13 in one of their most complete games of the season. For their first seven-and-zero start since 2004.
Philly started the game off fast as they went right down the field and Jalen Hurts completed a 35-yard bomb to AJ Brown for one of their three touchdown hookups in the contest. That was a throw that most people would consider ill-advised because he threw into double coverage in the end zone, but Brown made the adjustment and caught the pass. However, that just shows how far Hurts has come in his development as a quarterback. Nick Sirianni is putting his trust in his arm and tonight Hurts completed four touchdown passes (career high), and if he continues to spread the ball like he did tonight. The Eagles can have one of the best offensive units in the league.
The receiver who caught most of the touchdown passes from him was Brown. Today was his best game in an Eagles uniform so far. Brown had three touchdown receptions and caught six passes for 156-yards. Brown was targeted 11-times, his continued chemistry with Jalen Hurts has opened up the offense for everyone else. Miles Sanders and the rushing core benefitted from the open space in today’s game. He was able to run it down Pittsburgh’s throat to keep the Steelers defense on the field. Sanders was able to make some big runs late in the game to keep the Steelers at bay and seal the victory for the Eagles.
Pittsburgh continued to fight despite the offensive barrage from the Eagles offense. They only scored 13-points this afternoon, but that was not for lack of trying. They continued to try to get their offense out of the mud by using Kenny Pickett’s arm, but the Eagles defensive unit would not allow it to happen. They forced Pickett into two turnovers and sacked him six times today. He just could not get comfortable throughout this game and the Eagles investment in bringing James Bradberry to Philly continues to pay off. Having another shutdown corner next to Darius Slay has allowed the Eagles to be one of the stingiest defenses in the league. They have only allowed 15-touchdowns this season which is the lowest in the league. This has allowed for the Eagles to blitz and attack these overmatched offensive lines which cannot keep up with them. The Eagles were able to put this game to bed midway through the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will now prepare to travel to Houston for a Thursday night match-up with the Houston Texans. They will need to have another dominant performance on the defensive end if they want to stifle Dameon Pierce and the dominant Texans rushing attack. If they are able to keep the Texans off the field and continue to put the ball in AJ Brown’s hands, they can get their eighth victory of the season and continue their strangle hold on the number one seed in the NFC.