Three Eagles Starters Ruled Out Of Eagles Week Two Game Against the Vikings, Philadelphia Emerge Victorious Nonetheless
The Philadelphia Eagles went into their NFL Week Two clash with the Minnesota Vikings without a huge chunk of their defensive starting talents. The likes of Reed Blankenship, Nakobe Dean, and James Bradberry are all ruled out for the fixture, as were a number of other players in Nick Sirianni’s roster.
However, this did not prevent the Eagles from making it two wins from two, with Philadelphia completing a strong 34-28 win at the Lincoln Financial Field. Thursday night’s win was as much down to the Vikings hitting the self-destruct button than Philadelphia being on their best game, and comments from coach Nick Sirianni illustrated his realistic assessment of his team’s position.
"It`s way easier to correct when you are 2-0, and no one`s feelings are in it,"
"So, we can really press in this meeting tomorrow that we are going to have with the players and hold ourselves accountable as coaches and hold them accountable as players, and that`s what we`ll do.”
"Obviously, we didn`t play our cleanest game. I think the first week was a cleaner game for the defense and not as clean for the offense and vice versa with tonight. You are right, we are 2-0. A lot of teams would like to be sitting 2-0. Like I said, when you are in this position, and guys don`t know that we aren`t playing to the best of our abilities, that`s when you can make a lot of growth."
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Eagles may well be a decent bet to go deep into the postseason again, though it is refreshing that the team’s stars and coaching group are not getting all that excited about their 100% start to the season; these sentiments are echoed
by star quarterback Jalen Hurts;
"I think we are a work in progress,"
"What better way to be a work in progress than sitting on two wins out of the gate in 10 days, or however many days it was. We strive for progress, not perfection. Obviously, we all have a standard for ourselves. Obviously, we demand the most of ourselves because of everything that we go through together, all the work that we put in together, and all of those things."
"We are going to continue to keep chipping away,"
"We understand as we continue to climb this mountain and we go on, there will be different challenges that come along, but the only thing that matters is winning. Truly, the only thing that matters is winning. I think if we can continue to develop, grow, and learn from our mistakes and learn from our successes, and learn from all of these different things. In fact, the same things that I`m saying now I`d be saying if we lost. But the reality is, winning is the only thing that matters, and everything is done with winning in mind. For us, we just want to continue to grow as a team, continue to develop, and find that identity for us and continue to grow together." Hurts concluded.
In a way, and it’s certainly a bit of a cliche, there is an obvious benefit to a side that can win even when they are not playing their best, and the Eagles will know they need to put in the work to complete a performance that matches their obvious potential and it’s obviously easier to do so when you have a 2-0 record behind you.