Fletcher Cox sacks QB Drew Brees. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Michael Perez
The Eagles improved to 2-3 on the season, stringing together what was easily their most complete effort of so far. The Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball en route to a 39-17 shellacking of the New Orleans Saints. Despite two early red zone interceptions that Eagles were able to move the ball against the Saints with ease racking up 519 yards of total offense.
Sam Bradford started poorly, but was able to shake off the two early interceptions and finished the day with 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns. What was more important for the Eagles offense was the success of the running game, which up until today had struggled mightily. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews combined for 156 yards on the ground and a touchdown a piece. Josh Huff, who was basically invisible for the first 4 weeks, led the Eagles with 78 yards on four catches including a 41 yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter. Maybe the most shocking stat for the Eagles offense this week however was the time of possession. For what the first time in the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles had the ball longer than their opponent with a 34:02 to 25:58 edge.
As good as the offense was for most of the game, the Eagles defense may have been even better. Star defensive end Fletcher Cox led the way with 6 total tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Cox now has 4 sacks on the season, already tying his total from all of last season. As a team, the Eagles forced five turnovers and generated 5 sacks. Coming into the game the Eagles had only 4 sacks on the season.
Drew Brees and the Saints put up 388 yards of total offense, but penalties and mistakes on both sides of the ball appeared to be their undoing. The Saints now fall to 1-4 all but ending their hopes of making the postseason. Brees completed 26 of 43 passed for 335 yards 2 TDs and an interception. Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead had eleven of those catches for 248 yards.
The Eagles will host division rival New York Giants on Monday night next week, in what could be a battle for first place in the division.