Our newest writer, Phillip Simmons gives you his rundown of the Monday Night game! Follow him on Twitter @Statsandfactsff!
As the resident Eagles fan, I feel as though this has to be done before i begin my synopsis. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!! Fly Eagles fly baby. Ok, now that i got that out of my system we can get back to business.
Eagles 34 Packers 27
As the game began, I felt like this was going to be a very long game for my Eagles. Aaron Rodgers started to look like his old self with a pinpoint pass to Davante Adams for 58 yards to start the game after a brutal hit to Jamaal Williams. That setup a very easy touchdown for Aaron Jones. Every Jones fan was very excited because we all have been asking for Aaron Jones to be released from this outrageous RBBC with Williams. Aaron has clearly been better, especially with pure eye test. Unfortunately for this game he faced one of the best rushing defenses in the league with a line of 13 carries for 21 yards and one TD. Without that TD he would have been totally irrelevant.. Davante Adams was roasting the whole secondary for the whole first half. By the third drive, Adams already had 7 catches for 146 yards. If he didn’t have his toe injury in the second half, he probably would have eclipsed 200 yards easy. It clearly showed that Rodgers needed his guy to win in the clutch when he needed him the most. This was the perfect time for Marquez Valdez-Scantling to step into that role and he underwhelmed in this game immensely. Geronimo Allison outplayed him with his some great catches right before halftime from the slot position that ended in a touchdown to give them the lead at half. Jimmy Graham still has some juice in the red zone as well. Looks the old Seahawks version. His six catches on 9 targets, is telling us that there is a possibility that he could be fantasy relevant again. Probably not though. His consistency of great games are very low so i would still stash him on the bench and observe closely.
As an Eagles fan, I have been yelling at my television to tell them to give Jordan Howard more carries. He may not be the best back in the world but he just gets the job done. I get it that they drafted Sanders and they want to use him due to the draft capital they used to get him but talent will rise to the top. With that being said Miles Sanders looked great running in between the tackles on Thursday night and I see now what the coaches can see. IF he continues to hit the hole and not be quick to bounce it outside, the Eagles may have a second round Gem on their hands. The real MVP of the game was the whole offensive line. They protected Carson Wentz and opened up massive holes for the backs so they could perform against this good defense. To start the game Carson Wentz sailed a few passes and I just attributed that to nerves and trying to press a little to hard. Once he settled in, He relied on his safety blanket Zach Ertz. Catching 7 of 8 targets is par for the course for his buddy. With D-Jax still out, Carson had to play a classic but modern West Coast offensive game. RPO’s and I formation was the way to go and it worked. I'm just so glad that Carson decided not to throw to baby hands Agholor. 1 target all game is fine for right now. Jordan Howard was also very much so used in a passing game to where I just don't understand why the Bears got rid of him because of their lack of his catching ability. I totally baffles me. Alshon dropped a few balls Thursday but when we needed him the most to get a first down, he got it done on a classic old crusty curl route Madden style.
Overall it was a great game on the offensive side for fantasy. Most people started Adams and Rodgers from the Packers. The player that probably burned most owners was Jordan Howard. No one expected him to get 3 touchdowns MVS also burned some owners. The matchup was great and he underperformed.
Thanks for reading my recap everyone. Follow me on Twitter @Statsandfactsff. I’m always available for questions or comments.