However, Mark Sanchez looked like a new man out on the field, throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 22 passing. He had two interceptions on the day, but one of them came on a throw that rookie receiver Josh Huff should have caught. Sanchez looked very un-Sanchez out there, and definitely un-Romo, too. He looked, dare I say, comfortable.
Sanchez signed with the Eagles this offseason, after five seasons with the Jets, four of which he was the starter. He came to revitalize his career and to rebuild his reputation (playing for the Jets does this to any quarterback). Chip Kelly saw the signing as a great chance to find an underrated QB who wouldn't start, but can be one of the better backups in all of football. With Foles out for 4-6 weeks, Sanchez will have a few games to show everyone what he was once capable of when the Jets went to back to back AFC Championship games with him under center. Whether he will be able to keep playing well or if this will be another Kirk Cousins situation will determine how the rest of the Eagles' season goes.
Jeremy Maclin continued his other worldly play, catching 6 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin has 345 yards for 4 touchdowns in his last two games. There were questions going into the season about if Maclin was capable of being a number one option at receiver. Although it was a fair question at the time, with the loss of DeSean Jackson and with Maclin's injury history, but he has stepped up and then some this season.
LeSean McCoy, who had his struggles early on this year, has now rushed for 430 yards over the past 4 games, and has 622 total rushing yards on the year. With Kelce back and the rest of the line playing well again, Shady should continue to be the Shady of last season. With Sproles also available in the backfield again, the Eagles' offense looks extremely potent again.
Other than a few miscues throughout the game, the defense played very well. Arian Foster has been one of the best backs in the league entering today, and the Eagles held him to 56 rushing yards on 15 carries. He did finish with 63 receiving yards and a touchdown, but most of it came off of the 56 yard completion with Connor Barwin being forced to cover him downfield. DeAndre Hopkins had a 45 yard play as well, but the Texans struggled to get anything going on offense outside of a couple of plays. Unfortunately for the Eagles' defense, however, Demeco Ryans suffered an Achilles injury and will miss the rest of the season. Ryans has been a vocal leader in the clubhouse and one of their better performers on defense. But as Chip Kelly has shown, when one leader has to miss some time, the backups will be trusted to step up and be able to keep the machine going without any drop off in the level of play.
The Eagles managed to win the game, even though they lost the turnover battle 4 to 1, with one of those turnovers resulting in 7 points for the Texans on a pick six from Nick Foles. It's incredibly rare to see a team lose the turnover battle by a margin like that and still win the game. That shows how well the defense actually played today. Every team, no matter how good or bad, will have their share of turnovers during the season. But being able to overcome any turnovers will go a long way for this team.
Next Game: Monday November 10th vs. Carolina Panthers 8:30 pm
By: Dan Goggin
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