After looking sloppy in the first half last week against the Jaguars the Eagles continued that trend last night against the Colts. The Eagles elected to defer to start the game and came up with a 3 and out defensive stop on the Colts first drive. This lead the way for the eagles to get good field position and to take an early lead.
Nick Foles lead them down the field and into the red zone but the Eagles had to settle for a Cody Parkey field goal instead of touchdown thanks to a key Riley Cooper drop. Drops were key in the game for the Eagles and it might not have been nearly as close as it was if there weren’t as many dropped passes. Riley Cooper dropped a pass last week in the endzone as well that many felt he should have caught. The Colts would respond with a touchdown drive after some big plays from their running game, and a touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw walked into the endzone on a 4th and Goal from the one yard line where Andrew Luck found him wide open. The Eagles would respond with another drive that got them deep into Colts territory but had to settle for a field goal attempt that would be Cody Parkey’s first miss all season.
In the second quarter the Colts would tack on another touchdown and a field goal, while the Eagles would add another field goal of their own to make the halftime score 17-6 Colts. The Eagles again looked like a different team in the second half, playing much better on offense and defense. On the defensive side of the ball they started getting pressure on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and forcing turnovers like an interception that could easily have been returned for a touchdown if not for the quick tackle by Reggie Wayne and a Trent Richardson fumble deep in Colts territory.
On offense its hard to find a player that changes and impacts the offense in the way that Darren Sproles does for the Eagles. In the 2013 offseason the Eagles signed defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the 49ers hoping he would be able to contribute on defense but he ended up not being able to contribute in the way the Eagles had hoped. The Eagles found a trade partner for Sopoaga in the New England Patriots and obtained a 5th round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and were able to trade that pick for Darren Sproles. All 5’6” of Sproles has been an absolute monster this season, racking up insane amounts of yardage. Almost every time he touches the ball the Eagles have a big play because of the sheer speed and elusiveness Sproles possesses. Sproles made a big play on almost every successful Eagles drive including an impressive touchdown run.
Nick Foles with a lot of help from Darren Sproles would lead the Eagles to two touchdowns in the third quarter one by Sproles and one by Lesean McCoy. In the fourth quarter with the Colts up 27-20 they were driving down the field to try for the dagger to put the game away, the Eagles probably the beneficiary of a missed holding call, intercepted an Andrew Luck pass to give the Eagles life. The Eagles would march all the way down the field and tie the game on a Jeremy Maclin touchdown, giving the Colts the ball with the chance to win the game. Again the Eagles defense stepped up and forced the Colts to punt with around 2 minutes left. The Eagles moved the ball downfield in the course of a couple plays and Cody Parkey with a chance for redemption for missing the field goal earlier in the game nailed a 36 yarder as the clock expired and the Eagles won the game 30-27.
The Eagles return home next week for their first NFC East matchup of the year against Washington and a chance to see former Eagles receiver Desean Jackson.