Surprising eagles and vikings numbers: DeVonta Smith produces after a quiet first week

The official shot counts from the Philadelphia Eagles’ win in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings! Let’s take a look and do some analysis.

  • If QB and OL don’t miss any shots, there is a good chance of winning that match.
  • DeVonta Smith led all of the Eagles’ passing players in playing time for the second week in a row. The coaching staff made sure to get him involved early by making him the target in the first match of the melee. After being suspended in the first week, Smith picked up all seven of his 80-yard goals in this game. Five of Smith’s catches resulted in the first landing.
  • AJ Brown led the Eagles in goals again despite playing fewer shots than Smith. Brown saw eight passes come his way, catching five for 69 yards. Cute – good.
  • The Dallas Goedert led the Eagles in receiving despite playing fewer shots than Smith and Brown. He grabbed five of his six goals for 82 yards. The average 16.4 is very good for the narrow end.
  • It’s good to see Ques Watkins step in and score after failing to score in the first week.
  • First week percentages of RB: Miles Sanders 52%, Kenneth Jenwell 30%, Boston Scott 18%. Similar numbers this week…with a slight drop for Kenny G and a slight bulge for BoSco. Scott also saw more total touches from Gainwell (five versus three) than last week when the latter had more (seven versus four). I’d argue that Scott deserves to be an RB2 more than Gainwell, especially with a Kenny G ball bouncing off his hands for selection.
  • The Eagles can only temporarily lift Noah Togyai from the coaching staff to the roster again this season before being subjected to a waiver.

  • Marcus Epps is the only Eagles defender who hasn’t missed a shot this season.
  • TJ Edwards had a productive night, leading the team with 10 total saves (seven singles), one tackle for a loss, one pass deflection and one QB hit.
  • Avonte Maddox’s playing time was consistent with last week. The cornerback came into the hole with a huge selection after a field goal for the Eagles was blocked.
  • Kyzir White played 74% of the picks last week…and again this week. Haason Reddick’s percentage of playtime was pretty much the same.
  • Jordan Davis saw a surprise percentage increase from 32% last week to 34% this week. It was the DT4 in the rotation rather than the DT5 being behind Marlon Tuipulotu.
  • Darius Slay was cranky later in the game, so Zech McPhearson took some shots on his relief mission.
  • Although he replaced Derek Barnett as DE3 through his in-game activity, Tarron Jackson didn’t play as much as the healthy Barnett. Use in moderation.

  • Nakobi Dean was limited to special team assignments in Week Two. He only played three defensive shots in the first week.
  • The Eagles can only temporarily remove Britain’s Kofi from the coaching staff to the roster again this season before being subjected to exemptions.

Inactive: Ian Book, Trey Sermon, Grant Calcatera, Josh Sales, Yanarius Robinson, Reed Blankenship

Energetic: Gardner Menchu

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