An eight-play, 83-yard New Orleans drive that included a 52-yard pass from Drew Brees to Tommylee Lewis stalled at the Minnesota 6-yard line, where Wil Lutz connected on a 24-yard field goal, his third successful kick of the game. 19-9, Vikings.
A seven-play, 54-yard drive on the Vikings’ first possession of the second half, which almost ended with a Latavius Murray fumble (recovered by offense), instead ended with a 32-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. 19-6, Vikings.
The Eagles also made moves on the defensive side of the ball, and the results should be frightening for players like Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning, and Dak Prescott. As The Ringer’s Robert Mays points out, the Eagles had the league’s third-best pressure rate when it came to attacking quarterbacks in 2016 — 31.6 percent of opponent dropbacks ended in panic.
This offseason, Philadelphia bolstered a line led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham by adding Chris Long, Timmy Jernigan, and Derek Barnett, a first-round pick who recorded 32 sacks and 52 tackles for loss in three seasons at Tennessee. That’s a deep and explosive platoon who will terrorize offensive linemen.
If that group isn’t enough to force bad throws, the team also addressed its secondary by picking up cornerback Ronald Darby from the Bills (in exchange for receiver Jordan Matthews) and drafting West Virginia ballhawk Rasul Douglas (eight interceptions last fall) in the third round. Second-round pick Sidney Jones could also make an impact at corner once he recovers from the torn Achilles tendon that kept him from being a Day 1 pick.
A strong defense got stronger, and a weak offense addressed its biggest Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL problems. The Eagles have a tough schedule — 10 of their games come against teams with winning records Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys in 2016, and two are against our other two rebound candidates — but Philadelphia has the chops to be a playoff team this season.