September 27, 2015
The Eagles still have more than their fair share to sort out (especially on the offensive side of the ball), but this was the weekend that you dream of as a fan. Not only did the Birds win on Sunday — On that subject, you can find Jimmy’s 10 Awards here — but also the division-leading Dallas Cowboys lost to drop their record to 2-1 on the season. That sound you now hear is Chip Kelly and Sam Bradford reelin ‘em back in. No? OK, maybe not.
In the other NFC “game of the week,” the New York Giants took down the Washington Red***** 32-21 on Thursday night. While it’s debatable if this will be the desired result from the Eagles’ perspective come December, New York entered the game at 0-2 and Washington came in at 1-1. We at PhillyVoice are not here to argue with math! Here is a look at the updated standings:
| New York||1-2|
We will have plenty of Eagles coverage over the next few days, but here is a closer look at how the other teams fared:
Julio Jones has 34 receptions on the season. Per @elias, that's the most receptions through the first 3 games of a season in NFL history.— Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) September 27, 2015
As a longtime Julio fantasy owner, I’m pretty thrilled with his performance. Speaking of fantasy, this game was dominated by a couple of running backs that likely won’t come close to today’s performances again this season, Joseph Randle and Devonta Freeman. Those two guys split six touchdowns! The Falcons are now one win away from sweeping the NFC East, a victory they will likely get at home against the projected worst team of the bunch.
For Dallas, Game 1 of The Weeden Era was a missed opportunity. The Cowboys jumped out quickly to a 14-0 lead, but they just couldn’t get enough stops against Matty Ice and co. After dropping a crucial pass late in the game, Terrance Williams apparently voiced his opinion on social media. The tweet has since been deleted, but both the drop and game definitely counted.
Up next: At New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Sunday
The Giants have been competitive in all three games they have played, and this time they finally were able to close out a lead. Like the Eagles, they weren’t overly impressive in the second half, but unlike the Eagles, they won in semi-comfortable fashion.
Tom Coughlin is also using his starting running back on special teams, and the move paid off against WASTEAM. After getting whistled for running into the kicker, Rashad Jennings blocked a punt that ended up as a safety.
Up next: At Buffalo, 1:00 p.m. Sunday
The good news for Kirk Cousins and the WASTEAM faithful is that DeSean Jackson could be back next week just in time to rub Kelly’s culture in his face for the second straight season. Remember that Cousins lit up the Eagles’ secondary to the tune of 427 yards last season. Considering how he has played against everyone else, that is pretty darn embarrassing:
Stat from @Ryan_Cortes: Kirk Cousins now has as many interceptions as JaMarcus Russell ... on 166 fewer passing attempts.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) September 25, 2015
This was a nice thing that DeAngelo Hall did, by the way:
Up next: Home vs. Eagles, 1:00 p.m. Sunday
For old times’ sake:
Cowboys lost.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) September 27, 2015
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