The Philadelphia Eagles are an astounding 11-1 and turned in their most complete performance of the season against the Tennessee Titans. It was an effort where all three units clicked, and domination of a respected division leader. They remain in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed and NFC east.
Let’s look at the hungry dog (player/coach of the game) and bird in the doghouse (worst player/coach of the game) of the week. I’ll also predict the best and worst performers in the Eagles’ upcoming matchup with the New York Giants.
Week 13 – Hungry Dog of the Week, Titans @ Eagles
Given this team’s complete and dominating effort, there are multiple hungry dog awards this week. Let’s start with the MVP of the team, Jalen Hurts.
If there is a game to shut down the “Hurts is a running back” narrative, this is the one.
- He was nearly perfect, passing for 380 yards and three touchdowns.
- He spread the ball to multiple receivers, and his deep ball looked perfect.
My second hungry dog is AJ Brown.
- Predicting that he would dominate the team that traded him away was an easy call, as he caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
Devonta Smith is an honorable mention, adding five receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown of his own.
Shane Steichen and Nick Sirianni also didn’t overthink offensively, clearly exploiting a poor Titans’ secondary. They knew how to beat the Titans was through the air, and they capitalized on it all day long.
My third hungry dog award goes to the Eagles’ defense and special teams units.
- The Eagles’ run defense contained Derrick Henry, holding him to 30 rushing yards and no touchdowns.
- Ryan Tannehill passed for less than 150 yards and was sacked six times, the Titans’ wide receivers were blanketed, and the Titans’ offense was held to only 10 points.
- Three weeks in a row, the Eagles’ defense has shut down Jonathan Taylor, Aaron Jones, and Derrick Henry, and they deserve respect.
- The Eagles’ special teams unit also had their best performance of the season, as they were perfect on kickoff and punt coverage.
- Britain Covey had six punt returns for 105 yards, averaging 17 yards per return.
The entire Eagles 2022 roster deserves praise, as a complete effort was needed after the poor offense against Indianapolis and poor special teams and defense against Green Bay.
Week 13 – Bird In The Doghouse, Titans @ Eagles
Despite collectively good performances by the offense, defense, and special teams, this Eagles team looked incredibly undisciplined against Tennessee.
Their lack of discipline early on is my bird in the doghouse pick this week.
- Coming into this game, the Eagles offensive line had committed four false start penalties over their last nine games.
- Today the o-line committed six but 12 team penalties in total.
- Luckily the Eagles were so dominant that these penalties didn’t matter, and the offense scored 35 points despite them.
Week 14 – Hungry Dog Prediction, Eagles @ Giants
This New York Giants team is playing hard for first-year head coach Brian Daboll, but I believe they are a team that is simply over-achieving more than they are good. The proof lies in their point differential, as they are a winning team at -7.
They have yet to dominate any of their opponents and have been derailed by injuries on the offensive side of the ball, on the offensive line, and in the wide receiver position. Statistically, this Giants’ offense is one of the worst in the league and very comparable to the Tennesee Titans. If Saquon Barkley doesn’t get going, they don’t have a shot at winning.
They score only 20 points per game and are the 5th worst passing offense in the league, with 180 passing yards per game. Their offensive line gives up the 7th most sacks in the league, and Daniel Jones isn’t intimidating with his natural passing ability.
My hungry dog prediction for this matchup is the Eagles’ defensive line.
- They will suffocate this Giants’ offensive line, forcing Daniel Jones into turnovers and mistakes.
- This battered Giants’ offensive line is no match for the Eagles’ wide variety of defensive tackles and ends, especially with Jordan Davis back.
- Since the Giants’ wide receivers don’t boast a big threat, they can freely stack the box.
- The key to sealing the win is to control Barkley, clogging running lanes and shutting down that running game.
- Despite the CJ Gardener Johnson injury, the Eagles will have enough manpower in the secondary to shut down this Giants’ receiving group.
This Giants’ defense has made plays, but they’ve been a very overrated unit, allowing 138 rushing yards per game. My honorable mentions for the week 14 hungry dog are Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders. They’ll be able to carve up this Giants’ front on the ground, potentially for 100 rushing yards each. Don’t sleep on Boston Scott, either. He owns the Giants, you know!
Week 14 – Bird In The Doghouse Prediction, Eagles @ Giants
Although this New York Giants defense is overrated when it comes to defending the run and pass, they are very opportunistic and bend more than they break.
- They’re a top-10 team in turnover differential, and turnovers have been a big reason they’ve been able to seal games late.
- Turnovers have bailed out their poor offense, and the Eagles have been careless with the ball in 2 of their last three games.
- I believe the Eagles win and have an easy time moving the ball on this Giants offense.
Having said that, if they lose this game, it will be because they turned the ball over and gave this opportunistic Giants defense a chance to set up its offense.
My bird in the doghouse prediction is the Eagles’ ball control.
Because both defenses are opportunistic in this matchup, brace yourselves for a sloppy NFC East game.
How’d I Do?
Who would be your hungry dog and bird in the doghouse picks for the Eagles’ game against the Titans?
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