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Week 7 2020: Studs and Duds

Well, that was something. It was ugly. It was frustrating. But at the end of the day, it was an Eagles win, one that kept them afloat in the NFC East. Let's jump right in to the studs and duds from Week 7's come from behind win against the Giants.

STUD: Carson Wentz

Once again Wentz was far from perfect. He threw an absolutely atrocious interception and continued to hold on to the ball way too long while making some questionable decisions. But he also led the team to 12 unanswered fourth-quarter points, including a touchdown pass to Boston Scott with under a minute to go to erase an 11-point deficit and steal the game for the Eagles.

He finished with 359 yards and two touchdowns, adding another on the ground. His throw to Scott for the game-winning TD was picture perfect, and he tossed several perfectly thrown darts throughout the night. Most importantly, he came up big when the team needed him most.

DUD: Doug Pederson

Pederson did not have a great night. After a promising start, he seemed to go away from what was working. More specifically, the offense was clearly more productive when they were playing with pace, but they didn't use it consistently. The use of Jalen Hurts was a disaster, and while it is important to get Hurts involved, Pederson needs to do a better job of it. Right now, packages with Hurts are just way too predictable. Doug's play calls on two-point conversions were not good and the Eagles were awful in the red zone. He also made a huge gaffe late in the game when he failed to get the challenge flag out in time when he likely would have won the challenge. Instead of a 4th-and-goal that would have forced the Giants into a tough decision, it was a first down and the Giants ultimately scored a touchdown. Pederson needs to be better.

STUD: Boston Scott

The guy that scores the game-winning touchdown has to be on the studs list, right? Scott was underwhelming on the ground, carrying 12 times for 46 yards, but he added three catches for another 46 yards and that game-winning TD. That touchdown catch wasn't an easy one, either. He came up big in a big spot.

DUD: Jake Elliott

Elliott missed a chip shot 29-yard field goal that really disrupted the game script for the Eagles for the rest of the game. We can't know for sure due to Doug Pederson's track record, but it's not hard to think some decisions were made with a lack of trust in Elliott in mind. Missing from that distance is simply inexcusable and it threw the rest of the game out of whack.

STUD: Richard Rodgers

Let's give some love to Rodgers here. With the team's top two tight ends out with injury, players the Eagles rely upon heavily, Rodgers stepped up and had a nice game. He finished with six catches for 85 yards and made some really key plays for the Birds.

STUD: Brandon Graham

It was an up and down night for the defense, but Graham was sturdy. He had four tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit while forcing a fumble on the Giants final drive that sealed the win for the Eagles. A nice night for Graham.

Some other guys on the defense had their moments: Alex Singleton had six tackles and two QB hits while drawing a big penalty, Josh Sweat forced a fumble, Fletcher Cox had some disruptive moments and tallied two tackles for loss, and Jalen Mills came up with an impressive interception. But it was Graham who was the most consistent and productive member of the group.


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