The Eagles had a big opening day at home Sunday, topping the Cleveland Browns and former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III with a 29-10 win. Rookie Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two scores in his regular season debut for the Eagles.
Griffin was pressured much of the day, and ended it throwing for just 190 yards with a pick, and he also hurt his non-throwing shoulder late in the game.
Here’s some keys to the win for the Eagles, as they get an opening day win for new head coach Doug Pederson.
1. Wentz Didn’t Look Frazzled
Many felt that the rookie QB, who played little in the preseason with an injury, would have major issues Sunday, but instead he was very good against the Browns defense, hitting passes and making key plays. It started great as he led the team 75 yards for a score on the first possession. He had his moments of struggle like any QB, but overall the team has to be thrilled with the way Wentz played.
2. Running Up a Storm
Everyone knew the Browns run defense was bad, but the team rushed for 133 yards with Ryan Mathews going for a team high 77 yards. The Eagles ran for 3.9 yards per carry, and it seemed like when they needed 1-2 key yards, they got it. Again, you have to look at the competition, but imagine if this unit had struggled knowing just how bad the Browns run D is going to be all season.
3. Physical D
Three sacks, five tackles for loss, five QB hits and a pick. Those were the numbers for the Eagles D on Sunday, as they held Cleveland’s offense to 10 points, including one touchdown. The way they abused RGIII was a thing of beauty, and putting pressure on the QB was a huge key entering the game, and this unit came through just about every time they were asked to.
Next: The Eagles are on Monday night football next Monday in Chicago against the Bears.