The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys in a meaningless Week 18 finale. No one even cares about the fallout from this game since the Birds are preparing to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs. But, what the heck, it’s always fun to go through W-L-IDK.
The following players didn’t play a snap on Saturday evening:
QB Jalen Hurts
RB Miles Sanders
RB Jordan Howard
RB Boston Scott
TE Dallas Goedert
TE Jack Stoll
OT Lane Johnson
OT Jordan Mailata
OG Landon Dickerson
OG Nate Herbig
DE Josh Sweat
DE Derek Barnett
DT Fletcher Cox
DT Javon Hargrave
LB T.J. Edwards
LB Alex Singleton
LB Genard Avery
CB Darius Slay
CB Steve Nelson
CB Avonte Maddox
S Rodney McLeod
S Anthony Harris
S Marcus Epps
So, almost every starter and some other significant contributors.
Great opportunity for the Eagles to get these guys some rest ahead of the team’s wild card game. Next closest thing to a first-round bye.
The Bucs, meanwhile, played starters for most of their game against the Carolina Panthers.
Really cool video of Kelce highlights from Saturday night:
Jokes aside, good on the Eagles for getting their franchise legend in and out of there.
Kelce’s consecutive regular-season game streak is now at 122. It’s the longest among active NFL centers.
Kelce is 40 games shy of the Eagles’ franchise record, which is co-owned by Harold Carmichael and Jon Dorenbos at 162. Can’t say it’s likely he gets there considering he could be as gone as soon as next season.
Is it impossible? Maybe not?
Question posted by BGN article from June 1, 2021: “Can DeVonta Smith have the greatest Eagles rookie receiving season of all time?”
The Slim Reaper finished his rookie season with 916 yards. That’s four more than DeSean Jackson had in 2008.
Naturally, someone is going to point out that Jackson did it 16 games while Smith did it in 17. While that’s true, 1) don’t be that person, 2) it’s still a good and meaningful accomplishment, and 3) DeVonta did it with 16 fewer targets, in part because he plays in the NFL’s most run-heavy offense.
Hard not to love that Smith wanted to keep playing despite breaking the record and the Eagles had to take his helmet away to prevent him from returning. Dude loves ball.
On another note … hey, Nick Sirianni, I know you said you can’t necessarily force-feed the ball to a target. But that’s exactly what you did with DeVonta early in this game! And it worked! His four targets resulted in three receptions for 41 yards (13.7 average) before he left. How about doing more of that?!
Not sure how much resting the starters was his call as much it was an organizational decision but, nevertheless, he was on board. I also enjoyed seeing Sirianni get really fired up about some bad calls even though the Eagles were playing in a meaningless game. Competitive guy.
From a big picture standpoint, Sirianni deserves an inclusion for getting his team to a spot where they could rest their starters. The only head coach from last year’s hiring cycle to make the postseason and just one of two with a winning…