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In what looks to be the midst of a long season for the Philadelphia Eagles, there were some positives to take out of the 42-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Eagles offense was able to put up points on the board and rack up a lot of yards, even with all the miscues in the red zone. Philadelphia put up 30 points for the second time in four games (never scored 30 in a game last season) and didn’t punt once — the first time the Eagles did that since 1981. 

The defense was historically bad, allowing 40 points for the second consecutive game — just the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles allowed 40-plus points in back-to-back games (1943, 1966, 2015). The Chiefs finished 9 of 10 on third down, the highest mark in an NFL game since the 2008 New Orleans Saints accomplished the feat against the 0-16 Detroit Lions. 

Even though the Eagles looked competent, they still turned in an embarrassing performance as Philadelphia is off to a 1-3 start for the second consecutive year. Regardless of the result, there’s still some stock on this team to invest in — and some that needs to be sold immediately. 

Stock up

Jalen Hurts

Hurts may not be satisfied with his performance since it was a loss, but Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni called his game one of the ‘better quarterback performances I’ve seen.” Sirianni would be correct in his assessment of Hurts, who threw for 387 yards and two touchdowns (105.1 rating) and rushed for 47 yards. The 387 passing yards are a career high and the most by an Eagles quarterback without an interception since Nick Foles threw for seven touchdowns against the Raiders in 2013. 

Hurts joined Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accumulate 2,500 total yards in their first eight starts. The Eagles get excellent production and move the football with Hurts, but penalties and poor defense have kept the team from winning games. 

Philadelphia — for this week at least — may have its long term quarterback. Great job by Hurts responding after the worst game of his young career. 

DeVonta Smith

Smith responded from the first game of his career last Monday night with a career high in receptions (seven) and yards (122). While Smith didn’t find the end zone (had a touchdown nullified due to an illegal touching penalty), became the first Eagles rookie to produce 100-plus receiving yards within their first four career games since Jeremy Maclin in 2009. 

Smith has 237 yards on the season, the most by an Eagles player in their first four career games since DeSean Jackson in 2008. The Eagles have a No. 1 receiver for the first time since Jackson and Maclin were terrorizing defenses on Sundays in the early 2010s. 

Kenny Gainwell 

Sirianni continues to play Gainwell, and he continues to produce. Gainwell posted 89 yards from scrimmage after finishing with three carries for 31 yards and a score while catching six passes for 58 yards. He finished with the most receiving yards for an Eagles rookie running back since Boston Scott in Week 17 of the 2019 season (84 yards). 

The Eagles have done an excellent job incorporating Gainwell into their offense. They certainly have a reliable third down pack in the rookie fifth-round pick. The sky’s the limit for Gainwell on this roster. 

Javon Hargrave

Hargrave is the first defensive tackle in Eagles history to have five sacks in the first four games of the season, notching another sack in the loss to the Chiefs. Hargrave finished with six tackles and a sack in this one, giving him 24 tackles and five sacks on the year. 

Hargrave is the first defensive tackle in league history to put up 20 tackles and five sacks in the first four games of a season. The Eagles defense has been atrocious, but that’s no fault of Hargrave’s, he’s playing at an All-Pro level this year. 

Stock down 

Fletcher Cox

Another game where Cox played, but didn’t fill up the stat sheet. The double team excuse wears thin when a player has four tackles and no sacks through the first three games of the season. 

Cox didn’t record a tackle nor a sack for the second consecutive game — and the Eagles gave up 200 rushing yards. Simply put, Cox was a non-factor.  

Derek Barnett

Barnett seems to commit a boneheaded penalty each week, no matter what he produces on the field. A roughing the passer penalty on Patrick Mahomes extended a drive late in the second quarter on second down in the red zone that led to a Chiefs touchdown that made the score 21-13 right before half. 

Barnett has 24 penalties in his five-year career — and just 19.5 sacks. It’s time for the Eagles to move on after the season. 

Darius Slay

No one should be bragging about individual accomplishments on a day the defense gave up 40 points and 471 yards, yet Slay decided to talk about what he did in Sunday’s loss. Whether Slay is right or not, it’s not a good look.

There’s a reason why Slay has never been on a roster that’s won a playoff game in his nine NFL seasons. 

Miles Sanders

One has to wonder what Miles Sanders did to just not get the football in this offense. Sanders had just seven carries for 13 yards (five more than he received last week) and three catches for 34 yards in the loss. Sirianni giving Sanders just 10 touches is unacceptable against a defense that allowed 160.3 rushing yards a game after the first three weeks. 

The Eagles moved the ball on offense, but Sanders just wasn’t involved enough. Perhaps the Eagles would be better in the red zone if they gave Sanders the football. 

Greg Ward

The Eagles aren’t deep at wide receiver, yet Ward doesn’t get many opportunities to produce. On his one opportunity Sunday when the game was in reach, Ward dropped a touchdown catch in the end zone that would have given the Eagles the lead late in the second quarter.

This came after a penalty on Andre Dillard nullified a touchdown (that was offsetting thanks to a personal foul by Daniel Sorensen), setting up a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. The throw from Hurts could have been better, but Ward needed to haul that pass in for the easy score. 

Philadelphia needs depth at wide receiver. Can this team really count on Ward? 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside 

Another wide receiver that continues to be on the roster, yet doesn’t provide much. Used primarily on special teams and as a blocker, Arcega-Whiteside committed a penalty on a fourth-and-goal that nullified a Jalen Hurts touchdown pass to Zach Ertz that would have cut the Eagles deficit to 21-19 in the third quarter (at the very least). 

The offensive pass interference call (albeit a questionable one) put the Eagles back 10 yards and forced Sirianni to kick a field goal. Just more points taken off the board for the Eagles. 

Arcega-Whiteside doesn’t have a catch all season and has just 14 receptions for 254 yards in 27 career games. The Eagles would be wise to move on from the former second-round pick after this year. 



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