Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Wilson was at his best on Sunday night, with the Eagles playing with a vengeance and outscoring the New Orleans Saints 41-14.
Wilson threw four touchdowns, one interception and a touchdown pass to WR Jeremy Maclin and two more to WR Josh Huff in the third quarter.
The defense held the Saints to just 32 total yards in the fourth quarter, and the offense scored 17 straight points, including a touchdown on the final drive.
Here are five takeaways from the Eagles 34-7 victory over the Saints: 1.
Eagles’ offense had some life to it.
The Eagles were 3-of-4 on third down in the second half, including 3-for-4 passing, but they also outscored New Orleans 35-16 on the ground, completing 21 of 36 passes for 243 yards.
They were also perfect on third downs in the red zone.
The only other time the Eagles scored fewer than 10 points in the first half was on third-and-3 in the 2nd quarter, when they scored two touchdowns on the drive.
The Saints defense was impressive.
After facing New Orleans’ best pass defense of the season so far, the Saints struggled mightily in the Eagles’ first-half offense.
New Orleans allowed the most fantasy points to opposing offenses in the league (14), including a total of just eight touchdowns.
But the Eagles kept the pressure on and held the team to a mere 37 yards on the game’s first three drives.
The big takeaway for Wilson was that his defense was playing better than the Saints in the running game.
The defensive front four of DE Robert Nkemdiche, NT Anthony Steen, and DE Chris Long combined for five sacks.
The front four also gave up just four receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.
The game was more about the pass.
Wilson was 4-of.
3 passing for 40 yards and a TD, and he had a sack.
WR Josh Reynolds caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining and WR Zach Ertz returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown.
WR Zach Pascal had another touchdown reception, with WR Rishard Matthews breaking away for a 44-yard score.
WR Riley Cooper had a 39-yarder on third and 8 that was the longest play of the game.
WR Marques Colston returned an interception 44 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
On the Eagles offense, WR Zach Miller had four catches for 76 yards.
He had a pair of catches for 35 yards on third, and TE Zach Ervin caught a 21-yard TD pass on third with 1 minutes, 36 seconds left in the game to put the Eagles ahead by three points.
Ryan Mathews is going to have a big role.
Matthews had his best game of the year, catching eight passes for 115 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, and added two more scores on the way to completing 6 of 11 passes for 70 yards and two scores.
He has been solid in his role this season, catching 20 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
WR Rohan Gaines played his best football of the young season.
The rookie had five catches for 62 yards, a touchdown and a fumble recovery.
He also had three runs for 11 yards.
The offensive line was dominant in the run game.
TE Jared Cook had a season-high 11 carries for 66 yards, with RB Ryan Matyas (7 carries, 50 yards) and WR Rakeem Cato (11 carries, 80 yards) each receiving five carries.
Rookie RB Isaiah Crowell had a career-high six carries for 36 yards and had a touchdown rushing.
The NFC East is in turmoil.
The Seahawks are in the thick of the playoff race with a win over the New York Giants.
The Redskins are the only other team that could have a shot at the division title.
The Falcons, Packers and Rams all are within striking distance.
The Rams are a game behind the 49ers for the final wild-card spot.
The Jets and Lions are battling it out in the NFC North, with each of them having one win.
The Vikings are coming off a great season.
Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater played better than anyone could have hoped with a great finish to the season, finishing the season with a passer rating of 106.1.
The quarterback is just 24, and his stats speak for themselves.
The best part of Bridgewater’s season was when he got hurt in the preseason, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Bridgewater is still a very young player with a long ways to go before he can make it as a full-time starter, but he is coming off of a fantastic season and is the best quarterback in the NFL.
Wilson’s team was no longer as good as the Saints’ team was.
The Titans and Saints played great football in the opening two quarters, but the Eagles dominated the first two quarters and scored 17 unanswered points