Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com wrote about the outstanding defense and poor offense of opening weekend. He focused on the best defenses in the league. The Eagles were one of five teams he singled out.
Philadelphia Eagles: I went into the season believing that Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Tim Jernigan could rival any defensive line trio in the league. Their Week 1 totals: six tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles against the Redskins, including the one returned by Cox for a game-sealing score. (The group will have to be strong enough to hold the team together until No. 1 cornerback Ronald Darby returns from his dislocated ankle.)
Like the other teams on this list, the Eagles have the requisite depth to keep their stars fresh. Each member of the trio above played fewer than 70 percent of their team’s defensive snaps.
Deep, talented and with playmakers at each level…this defense should have a big season.
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 12, 2017