-Carson Wentz was impressive again. His stat line: 25/33 for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns. He threw his first interception of the year on a desperation play at the end of the game, but it was a 50/50 ball that Nelson Agholor did a poor job of fighting for. I continue to be very, very impressed with everything I'm seeing from Wentz.
-Darren Sproles ran for 45 yards on 5 attempts. I know that the Eagles have three running backs that are more than capable, but I would love to see Sproles' role in this offense expand beyond being used primarily as a passing and punt returning threat. He's shifty as hell, and nine yards per carry in this game ain't nothing to sneeze at.
-Brandon Graham had a nice game on the defensive line. He made 6 tackles (5 solo), including 2 for a loss. The defensive line as a whole played pretty well, combining for all four of the team's sacks of Matthew Stafford.
-Mychal Kendricks and Stephen Tulloch are bad, bad linebackers. There was a noticeable difference between when those two were on the field and when Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham were in. The team suffered in the first half because the two of them couldn't keep up with Theo Riddick in the slightest.
-The Eagles committed 14 (!!!!) penalties for 111 yards. Before the first half had ended, they had already committed more penalties than they had in any other game this season. 14 for 111 is simply too much. Do a better job in keeping the yellow flags off the turf.
-It seemed like Nolan Carroll couldn't stop getting pass interference called on himself if his life depended on it. Part of me felt bad for him because he just kept on getting tangled up with the other team's receivers, but another part of me was super pissed off because he wasn't doing anything to remedy the problem. Learn from your mistake after the first time, Nolan. Jesus.
-A big reason why the Eagles had so many penalties called against them was because the referees were straight up atrocious. They missed several blatant holds by the Lions offensive line. They made a few questionable calls against the Eagles that were made just because the Lions asked for them. It's unacceptable for a professional football refereeing crew to do such a poor job.
-The Eagles got called for delay of game twice. While the refs probably could have thrown us a bone on the second one, Wentz and center Jason Kelce need to work on that communication this week in practice. I understand that Detroit plays in a dome and that can get loud, but in that case establish some form of backup communication so that drives don't fall apart five yards at a time.
That's it for this week. Next week, the Birds take on the Redskins. This is another winnable game. If Wentz continues to do Wentz things, the running attack remains balanced, and the defense steps up like they did in weeks 1-3, then this is an easy victory. If they do what they did this week (get called for dumb penalties and commit untimely turnovers), the game will be a serious struggle. Let's see how it goes.
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