The Eagles’ dominance over the Titans proves why they are so dangerous

The Eagles played poor defense last week so they ran the ball. They played poor pass defense this week, so they passed the ball.

Pretty simple, right?

Is not.

Because there simply aren’t many teams that are as multi-dimensional as the 2022 Eagles. There are plenty of teams that would try the same approach against the Packers and Titans, but not many that could pull it off with such dominance.

“I think it’s very dangerous,” DeVonta Smith said. “Teams can’t just pick and choose what you’re going to do that day. You just have to go out and perform. But everything depends only on us.”

After rushing for 363 yards against the Packers in Week 12, the Eagles threw for 386 yards against the Titans in a dominating 35-10 win in Week 13.

Two dominant offensive performances. Two very different ways of doing it.

The Eagles now had back-to-back games of 450+ yards of offense in back-to-back games for the second time this season. But the way they’ve done it in the last two weeks is so remarkable.

They became the first NFL team to throw for over 350 yards after rushing for 350+ yards the previous week since the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987.

“You never know how the game is going to go,” said Myles Sanders, who had a 24-yarder Sunday after a career game a week ago.

“You can put some things in, but they can do something completely different. At the end of the day, the other team also watches film all week. But that’s the good thing about being able to do everything we can. If we have to hit the ball, we will. If we’re going to throw the ball, we’re going to do it at a high level, like we did today.”

There are a few keys to all of this:

1. Jalen Hurts is dynamic on the ground and in the air. There just aren’t many players capable of doing what he does. He ran for 157 yards last week and passed for 380 yards this week. This is unique.

2. The offensive line is just really good. Like most O-lines, they really like to play the football, but are good enough in pass protection to give Hurts time. Even with all their penalties on Sunday, they endured those 41 turnovers.

3. The Eagles have players with good ball handling and catching skills. And these guys are selfless enough to know that this offense will do whatever it takes to win.

It really starts with Hurts. And the 24-year-old quarterback always says he doesn’t care what it takes to win. Whatever it takes, they will do it.

After last week’s win over the Packers, when he had 17 rushing attempts for 157 yards, Hurts explained it using one of his favorite metaphors.

“I feel like for us as a football team, as an offense, it’s like your favorite steakhouse, your favorite restaurant — a 5-star, budget restaurant that you love to go to,” Hurts said after the win over Green Bay. “You have your steak of the day, your pick of the day. For us we can do anything as you know.

“We’re doing everything on a pretty consistent basis, that’s what we’re aiming for and I think we’ve done that at times this year and I think that’s our standard. I feel like there will be games where I have a day like this or an impact on the game on the field. There is a day when AJ has three touchdowns in the first half. There is a game where Smitty has 150 in the first half. There are many different scenarios in ways that this thing could become a crime. I think that helped us a lot, the opportunity to be diverse. At the end of the day, I made it clear to myself that the most important thing is to win.”

The special thing on Sunday was the passing. AJ Brown had 8 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. DeVonta Smith was 5 for 102 and a score of his own. Jack Stoll, Quez Watkins and others also pitched in.

And before the game was over, Hurts passed to a total of nine different Eagles in the win.

Maybe we’ll see more of that next week against the Giants. Or maybe they will manage it.

We’ll find out next week.

“If the passing game gets hot, then the passing game gets hot, we’re going to go with it. If the game gets hot, we will,” head coach Nick Siriani said.

“Shane [Steichen] did a great job announcing it, the offensive coaches did a good job putting guys in position and then obviously the most important thing, guys came out and executed it.”

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