Eagles 26, Dolphins 10: Game Balls
It took about fourth months, but the Eagles finally put together a complete game on the defensive side of the ball, did enough on offense, and played with energy from start to finish. Here are the three players who get the most credit from me for the win over Miami:
-Derek Landri: I know Cole and Babin had three sacks a piece, but sack totals have gotten the Eagles to 4-8 before yesterday. Landri's underrated play in the middle of the defensive line since his return to the team has given everyone around him a boost. From his fumble recovery in New York to the multiple 3rd and 4th and 1 stops yesterday in Miami, Landri always seems to make more plays than you think he's capable of.
-Chas Henry: A punter? Who got one of his punts blocked? Yes. It's my blog and I think Chas Henry's successful punts were booming, changed field position all day, and gave the Eagle defense the boost they needed. His leg also played a role in fans forgetting how anemic the Eagle offense was after the second quarter.
-Brian Rolle: Three tackles and a sack only tell some of the story. Rolle was active and aggressive from the opening snap. He is undersized, but Philadelphia might have something here with the linebacker from Ohio State. Andy Reid has preached about the youth of this team up the middle. If Reid is here to oversee the youth growing up, Rolle might be able to become an impact defender for him. Think he's too short to succeed long term? Go tell that to London Fletcher.