4. Philly’s Defense
As I mentioned, the Eagles’ defense is pretty darn good.
Philly ranks towards the top in nearly all defensive categories so it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise they played well this afternoon. They had Matt Ryan on his toes all day, posting 6 QB hits and 2 sacks. Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin feasted on the Falcons O-line today, and that is not ideal.
I have to give credit where credit is due, and this defense smothered the Falcons from the get-go today. Behind a raucous home crowd, Eagles were flying around for the most of this game. They shut down the Falcon run game and caused havoc for Jake Matthews and the rest of the line. This defense was definitely a big part in this loss today.
Atlanta needs to learn from this game and build on their mistakes for future contests. Down the road, they will be facing other top defenses in the last 6 games. They can’t play the way they did today and expect to win, especially when they want to make a deep run into the playoffs,