The Philadelphia Eagles went down to Houston Sunday afternoon and for the most part took care of business. They came away with a nice 31 to 21 win. With a little help from the Arizona Cardinals, the Eagles are back atop the NFC East over the Cowboys. I wish I could say that there’s nothing to worry about in Eagles Nation right now, but I can’t.
Late in the first quarter, quarterback Nick Foles was sacked by linebacker Whitney Mercilus landing hard on his left shoulder. Foles was injured on the play and ultimately had to leave the game leaving the signal calling duties to Mark Sanchez. Luckily, Sanchez was ready to go, leading the birds to the decisive 31 to 21 win and posting 202 yards and 2 touchdowns in the process. Foles actually ended up breaking his clavicle on the play which could end up keeping him on the sidelines for 4-7 weeks. It’s been no secret that Foles has had a rather pedestrian season thus far, but only time will tell if Sanchez can step in and play any better.
On the fifth play of the fourth quarter middle linebacker and team leader DeMeco Ryans made a great leaping interception but on the landing, stumbled to the ground losing the ball giving it back to the Texans offense. Looking back on the play, you see Ryans landing a little awkwardly on his right ankle. Then the news broke that Ryans in fact suffered an Achilles tendon injury and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Much like Jason Kelce is the anchor of the offense, Ryans is not only the anchor of the defense but the quarterback and leader as well. With Ryans out, Mychal Kendricks will have to really step up and try to fill that hole left by Ryans.
Even with two big injuries to two leaders of this football team, the Eagles played really well against a tough Houston Texans team. The offense was rolling behind LeSean McCoy’s 117 rushing yards and Jeremy Maclin’s 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles look to generate another win next Monday night against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.