What’s impressive is that the Eagles looked unstoppable against the league’s top-ranked defense. Second-year quarterback Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes as the Eagles scored on possession after possession. Philly fans chanted “We Want Dallas” in the closing minutes, with the Cowboys (5-3) being their closest competition in the NFC East.
There are plenty of reasons why the Eagles have the NFL’s best record heading into their bye week. But none appear more obvious than the improvement of Wentz.
“I saw it as soon as I came here,” Eagles receiver Torrey Smith said about his quarterback. “He’s taking more control of everything. He’s playing lights out.”
Denver felt like they’d hit rock-bottom after the game based on how Philadelphia scored so easily. However, it could be more a case that the Eagles offense is so good that nobody can stop them.
Philly had four different players carry the ball (not including quarterbacks) effectively on Sunday. And coach Doug Pederson did a good job of using roll outs and sprint outs to keep Wentz away from Denver’s front seven.
One touchdown included a 15-yard screen pass to Corey Clement, who ran through the center of Denver’s defense thanks to great timing and blocking. Clement scored another TD on a two-yard option pitch – a rare play in the NFL. Then there was new addition Jay Ajayi rushing for 77 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown.
“We do feel we can keep spreading the ball around,” Wentz said after the game. “It makes us really tough to defend.”
The 24-year-old said that there were some plays he’d like to have back in the first half. However, it’s difficult to know what these plays would’ve been, given the Eagles’ 31-9 halftime lead.
Eagles Defense Also Dominated
On the defensive side, Philadelphia had an obvious game plan to take away the Broncos’ run and forced Brock Osweiler to beat them. The team recently turned to Osweiler after starter Trevor Siemian threw three interceptions against Kansas City last week.
Coach Vance Joseph didn’t immediately commit to whom he’ll start next week against the New England Patriots.
“We’ll see,” said Joseph. “I have to go back and watch the tape and see how the game was played from that position before I make any decisions.”
Given Denver’s quarterback woes, it’s no surprise that the Eagles easily stopped them. Most of the Broncos’ production came in garbage time with the outcome already determined long before.
Philadelphia’s Offense is Crushing the NFL
While many picked the Eagles to win this home game, few thought their offense would be as dominate as it was. They shredded the Broncos for 419 total yards, including 197 yards on the ground.
The league doesn’t have an overwhelming Super Bowl favorite now. But if Philly keeps up this offensive production, then they’ll easily be favored to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. They’re averaging 31.4 points per game and haven’t scored less than 26 in the past seven games.
Philadelphia will be on bye in Week 10. They’ll then have a Sunday night contest against the Dallas Cowboys in what could be a defining game in the NFC East. If they win, they’ll take a commanding lead in the division and improve to 9-1. If they lose, they’ll fall to 8-2 and let Dallas back in the race.
Overall, it’s definitely a game that Philly will be preparing for and hoping to win. A victory moves them one step closer to the all-important playoff bye.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Futures
We still have NFL futures open at GTBets. Here’s a look at where everybody is right now in the NFC East (NY Giants not listed):
Philadelphia (8-1) -2500
Dallas Cowboys (5-3) +1000
Washington Redskins (4-4) +2500
Where do the Denver Broncos Go from Here?
Some analysts wondered if the Denver Broncos were the best team in the league earlier in the season. The team was 3-1 heading into their bye week and looking good on both offense and defense. However, this seems like forever ago when looking at the current situation.
Denver has lost four straight games and have been outscored 124-52 in the process. Joseph isn’t too happy with the matter either and spoke to his team about it following Sunday’s contest.
“I told the team after the football game that every man has to do a self check,” Joseph explained. “Only each man would know what his heart said to him in the fourth quarter there, so that’s where I’ll leave that.
“We knew that their offense would go through the tight ends, so that part did not surprise me. It surprised me that we couldn’t stop the run game, and that was a bigger issue to me. They had a great plan in the run and pass game alike, and they exposed us.”
Despite the poor showing against Philadelphia, the defense still looks like a strong suit. It’s the offense, though, that needs to move the ball and give this team a chance to score.
Joseph announced that Osweiler will start against the Patriots despite the blowout loss this weekend. And he should have an easier time against New England’s subpar secondary. But then again, points haven’t come easy over the last few weeks for the Broncos.
Denver Broncos Betting Futures.
Denver currently has the second-worst odds of winning the AFC West. Here’s a full look at our GTBets odds:
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) -700
Oakland Raiders (4-5) +950
Denver Broncos (3-5) +1200
LA Chargers (3-5) +1800