What was the catalyst for the Eagles’ come-from-behind win on Sunday?

I’d give it to the offensive line and running game, specifically on that 5th drive, which went went nine plays for 71 yards and a score. After opening with a pre-snap penalty on Jacksonville, the Birds proceeded to run it eight times and mix in a screen pass to Dallas Goedert, chewing up the Jags on the ground and finding the end zone for the game-tying score.

Brian Baldinger is never short of praise for the O-line, but it was especially deserved after this game:

Travon Walker was the #1 overall draft pick in April. Did you hear his name called? He had that one tackle for loss on a running play and got a half-stuff to finish with 1.5, but otherwise he was mostly swallowed up by Lane Johnson. Baldy makes a good point too about Johnson’s get-off speed. That kick slide has to be one of the best in the NFL. He throws it with such perfect timing that it looks like he’s committing a false start, but he just has it down to perfection and it’s really impressive. He’s played so well this year.

More Baldy:

“It was a bludgeoning.”

The Eagles are top 5 or top 10 in most rushing categories. According to Sport Radar data, they have:

  • 20 runs of 10+ yards (4th most)
  • 4 runs of 20+ yards (tied for 7th most)
  • 661 rushing yards (5th most)
  • 153 rushing attempts (#1 in league)
  • 40 rushing 1st downs (3rd most)
  • 4.32 yards per carry (18th, as Jalen Hurts’ dual-threat nature brings this number down)
  • 487 rush yards before contact (4th most)

I’ve always liked that last number, the rushing yards before contact. It’s a good indicator of offensive line play and the holes they’re opening for ball carriers. It also helps when Hurts is able to do things with his feet and salvage plays that other QBs can’t.

Really impressive stuff from the O line on Sunday, as always.