By Art Beitchman
Eagles fans were on the edges of their seats Sunday as the Falcons game started.
Would the Birds get off to a slow start like they did against the Giants, or would they grab the momentum?
It didn’t take long for the answer!
The Eagles opened their first drive of the day pounding the Atlanta Falcons on the ground, shoving the Falcons defensive line down the field all day long, creating gaping holes for Birds running back Ryan Mathews to gain chunks of yardage as the Eagles won their 4th consecutive game at the Linc this season 24-15.
Mathews’ reappeared in the offense running for 119 yards on 19 carries, including two blasts into the end zone for TD’s. He had been on the sidelines the last two games, but gave the Eagles the kind of offensive punch the team desperately needed.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan was somewhat neutralized, only being on the field for 21:50, throwing for 267 yards, getting sacked twice, not able to get his all world wide receiver Julio Jones into the end zone. Jones got 10 catches for 135 yards, but was unable to inflict the type of damage he has on the rest of the NFL this year. The Falcons were held to 15 points by the Birds defense, their previous low was 23 points in a victory versus the Broncos this season.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz managed the game well, only throwing the football 36 times, running it 38 times for a much more balanced ratio, more suited for a rookie quarterback.
Rookie RB Wendell Smallwood also had a nice day toting the rock, gaining 70 yards on 13 carries, keeping Darren Sproles and Mathews fresh in crunch time.
Next Sunday November 20th, 4:25pm/CBS the Eagles will travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks at Century Link Field, one the hardest stadiums for an NFL opponent to win at.