Eagles improve to 2-0 with win over Vikings, behind NFL’s best offensive line

Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles improved to 2-0 with a win over the Vikings. (Photograph by Mitchell Leff/Getty Photos)

Jalen Hurts is the Philadelphia Eagles’ headliner and the man with the large contract. DeVonta Smith could make a spectacular catch on any play. Most video games, A.J. Brown is dominant. The protection has a bunch of stars, significantly their move rushers.

However the largest purpose for the Eagles’ success is what they’ve constructed on the offensive line. When the offense was struggling sufficient within the first quarter Thursday evening that residence followers began booing, Philadelphia let the O-line take over. When the Minnesota Vikings have been making a cost within the fourth quarter the Eagles requested the road to dominate once more, and it did.

D’Andre Swift ran for 175 yards, Jalen Hurts bought a pair dashing touchdowns, and that is what is going to present up on the fantasy gametrackers. There’s nothing within the boxscore that can quantify all of the holes opened up for them. The Eagles improved to 2-0 with a 34-28 win.

The Eagles have the perfect offensive line within the NFL, and it was the star of Thursday evening’s win.

Eagles begin gradual

The Eagles struggled sufficient within the first quarter that the followers began booing … within the residence opener for the reigning NFC champion who got here in at 1-0. By no means change, Philly.

However everybody knew the Eagles needed to choose it up on offense. They have been combating Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ gameplan, which dropped as many as eight gamers in protection and disguised pressures nicely. So the Eagles began working it proper on the Vikings with Swift. He had 63 yards on 12 carries within the first half. The Eagles bought their first landing on a “tush push” quarterback sneak by Hurts.

Late within the first half the sport turned when Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson bought unfortunate on a fumble. Jefferson made a very good play and tried to get in the long run zone, however he had the ball knocked free for a fumble. It was dominated the ball went out simply earlier than the pylon, however then a evaluation confirmed it was proper over the pylon. That meant the fumble went out of bounds in the long run zone, giving Philadelphia possession and a touchback. The Eagles ended up with a subject aim because the half expired, an enormous swing within the ultimate minute. Philadelphia led 13-7 at halftime.

The Eagles would lengthen that lead within the third quarter, the Vikings would combat again, however finally Philadelphia’s offensive line put the sport away.

Eagles put the sport away late

The Vikings misplaced some momentum earlier than halftime and the avalanche continued firstly of the second half. Josh Sweat hit Kirk Cousins from behind, Cousins fumbled and the Eagles recovered. A number of performs later there was one other “tush push” sneak TD from Hurts and the Eagles led 20-7. That play appears unstoppable, however a part of that purpose is the Eagles’ offensive line all the time will get an enormous push in entrance of Hurts and his teammates shoving him within the again.

When the Vikings had a protection breakdown — Vikings cornerback Akayleb Evans gave Smith a free inside launch, clearly anticipating security assist that wasn’t there — that led to a 63-yard landing to Smith and the Vikings have been down 27-7.

Give the Vikings credit score for coming again. They scored two touchdowns in a row. With loads of time left within the fourth quarter they trailed 27-21. That is when the Eagles took off on a punishing eight-play, 75-yard drive that was capped with a landing by Swift. The Vikings have been helpless to cease it, despite the fact that the Eagles made it clear they have been going to run it proper at them. That virtually clinched the win. Vikings tight finish T.J. Hockenson scored a second landing with 1:10 left however the Vikings could not recuperate the onside kick.

The Eagles used plenty of two tight finish units and imposed their will on the Vikings protection. The NFL has changed into a passing league, however there’s nonetheless one thing to be stated about having the ability to line up, punch your opponent within the mouth and transfer the ball 5 or extra yards at a time on the bottom.

The Eagles can do this higher than simply about anybody within the NFL. Even when there are video games they begin gradual, they know the offensive line can take over when wanted.

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