By Joseph Santoliquito
PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — Gray clouds have been so low surrounding Lincoln Monetary Area on Sunday that they shrouded the Philadelphia skyline off within the distance. The anticipated rain, nevertheless, by no means got here within the deluge forecasted earlier than the Eagles recreation towards San Francisco 49ers. It led to a murky, although manageable afternoon.
Such has been the Eagles’ season.
Predicted gloom that leads to adaptable conclusions—and that was the case once more towards the woeful and winless 49ers.
The Eagles did what an excellent NFL workforce is predicted to do and that’s stomp on a matted workforce. That’s what occurred within the Birds’ 33-10 victory over the 49ers—although they didn’t take a look at all like the most effective group within the NFL in doing it.
The Eagles improved to 7-1 general, their greatest begin after eight video games because the 2004 NFC-championship season. The Eagles have now scored 20 factors or extra in 12-straight video games, which is the longest present streak within the NFL.
The 2004 Eagles have been anticipated to succeed in nice heights. This workforce wasn’t imagined to do something close to what it’s doing now—they usually’re doing it with protection.
Towards Washington final week, the Eagles’ offense acquired off to a sluggish begin whereas the protection held robust. Towards San Francisco, it was extra of the identical. This time, the protection produced two first-half turnovers, one a Jalen Mills’ 37-yard decide-six and led to a 17-zero halftime lead.
When one side of the Eagles’ recreation has struggled, one other space has crammed in. When a starter has gone down, different gamers have come to the fore as the reply.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai did a serviceable job at left deal with, filling in for the misplaced Jason Peters. Mychal Kendricks, Nigel Bradham and Joe Walker served as a 3-headed monster within the center enjoying instead of the misplaced Jordan Hicks. The Eagles survived communication issues on the offensive line, and at occasions on protection. Nonetheless, they have been capable of get away with it towards a expertise-skinny, younger staff behind a makeshift offensive line in entrance of an inexperienced quarterback, C.J. Beathard.
These have been pink-flag areas that the Eagles wouldn’t have gotten away towards a greater staff.
They obtained approach with it enjoying arguably the worst staff within the NFL.
Mills continues to get higher every week, and his decide-six was additional proof. Eagles’ rookie defensive finish Derek Barnett can also be getting higher every recreation. He blocked a 27-yard area objective try within the fourth quarter after which recovered the…