The Philadelphia Eagles are again showing this season that they, as a team, can get past adversity when it comes their way. Starting in place of injured Quarterback Nick Foles, who will be out for five to six weeks with a cracked clavicle suffered against the Houston Texans in a win on the road last week was Mark Sanchez, More well known for the ‘butt fumble’ and less known for taking the New York Jets into the playoff twice. He came to Philadelphia as the backup in the offeseason signing a one year deal.
Last night, looking to maintain their place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys and taking the reigns of his team Sanchez was brilliant. The former USC Trojan threw for over three hundred yards and was able to find receivers all night including touchdown passes to Rookie Jordan Matthews and key plays to Tight End Brent Celek.
Sanchez had protection all night and was able to deliver a needed victory against the Carolina Panthers. The Philadelphia Eagles Defense also made a statement, Monday Night, without their leader in DeMeco Ryans, who is lost for the season with an achilles injury. The team pulled together for nine sacks on the night against Carolina Quarterback Cam Newton led by Connor Barwin with three and a half sacks on the night.
The Philadelphia Quarterback also did a very ‘Philly’ thing following the game. Sanchez had never eaten a Philly Cheesesteak and following the win went to Manayunk in South Philadelphia to Geno’s and Pat’s to have some cheesesteaks and celebrate with fans. He also celebrates his twenty-eighth birthday today. That celebration will likely be short lived.
Philly next heads on the road the Lambeau Field to tke on the Packers in Green Bay. On Sunday night Aaron Rodgers carved up the Chicago Bears Defense like you or I will be carving up the Thanksgiving turkey in a few weeks. Green Bay scored six touchdowns in the first half and it felt more like an Oregon football game than an NFL contest.
We can hope that Barwin and the Philadelphia Defense saved some energy for this upcoming weekend. Kickoff on Sunday between Philadelphia and Green Bay is 1:25pm Pacific Time on FOX.