EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Heading into the game, Ryan Mathews knew his team would be depending on him.
With DeMarco Murray out, this game would be his opportunity to step up and help the Eagles get back on track. It was time to get the run game going and show Philadelphia what this offense can do.
Mathews was a constant presence throughout the entirety of the 60 minutes. He accumulated 108 rushing yards during the afternoon and added on another 20 receiving yards and a touchdown. While the numbers may have surprised some, the running back was confident in his capabilities.
"This was not my first rodeo. I've played the game before. I've started the game before," Mathews said. "It was fun. It was fun to be back out there and run and step in for a great running back."
He was quick to admit that it had been some time since he'd had so many carries, finishing the game with 25. Yet, the post-game aches and pains were worth the result. At the end of the day, all that matters to Mathews is getting that win.
This afternoon, he and his team did just that. The happiness was all over his face.
"It's great. It's always good to get the first one out of the way," the running back said. "We've had two bad weeks the first couple weeks and we just have to keep getting better. This is the beginning of I think something great."
One of the biggest offensive changes was that the team played more snaps under center on Sunday than in the first two games. The formation is one Mathews feels more comfortable in as it allows him to have better vision on the field. Knowing it would be down a back in Murray, the team worked toward Mathews' strengths. The game plan certainly ended well.
"I feel like I can see a little bit better. I like running things in the gun too, don't get me wrong," he said. "I think I run better from under center. I think I just see a lot more than what I do usually when the quarterback's in the gun. It's something I've got to work on and get better at."
The fact that the Eagles' offense finally began clicking when going against what was the league's top scoring defense acts as a huge boost moving forward. However, Mathews was quick to give credit to the offensive line for this Sunday's performance.
He felt its play was one of the factors that helped decide the outcome of the game.
"They play hard. They're big guys. They're fast, physical," he said of the Jets. "We knew coming into this game it was going to be a fight. My guys did a great job up front. They worked their tails off today, and they deserve all the credit."
Although a lot in this game went right for Mathews and the offense, the Eagles know there is still work to be done. They're going to enjoy this win, but the focus is already on to Washington.
"It's been awhile since I've had carries like that, but it's fun," Mathews said. "It's a great feeling, especially after a win. I'm going to come back and watch film tomorrow, work on our mistakes and get better and get ready for next week."
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