For Nick Sirianni, it all comes back to the core values
Head Coach Nick Sirianni has preached his five core values since the day he arrived in Philadelphia. If you need a crash course, they are – connect, compete, accountability, fundamentals, and football IQ.
The seeds that Sirianni planted in 2021 have bloomed in the Eagle' 5-0 start, the first time in franchise history that the team has started with five straight wins to open the season in back-to-back years.
"I want the culture for the Philadelphia Eagles to be, you can have great relationships, have a ton of fun, and still be highly, highly demanding and that's our culture," Sirianni said. "And so when it's wrong on the coach's part or on the player's part, we're going correct it. We're going to be demanding, or they're going to hold everybody to the standard, including myself. But when it's time to celebrate and have fun, we're going do that and we're not going to apologize about that because we work really hard and we're a family out there and we just love having fun together."
The question to Sirianni in his post-game press conference was after the FOX broadcast cameras caught Sirianni running down the sideline to celebrate a fourth-quarter sack by Haason Reddick to help keep the Rams off the scoreboard in the second half.
"Hasson made a great play. He was our closer today. He had two big-time sacks. I told you they come in bunches and that was awesome to see," Sirianni said.
Jalen Hurts just continues to win
"Winning is the main thing," as Jalen Hurts says time after time again.
And Hurts has done plenty of that over the past two seasons.
Following Sunday's win over the Rams, the Eagles have been victorious in 22 of the last 23 regular-season games (.957) started by Hurts. He is just the fifth NFL quarterback since 1950 to record at least 22 wins in a 23-game stretch, joining Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Jim McMahon, and Joe Montana.
Hurts has also won a team-record 11 straight road starts since 2021, which is tied for the third-longest streak by an NFL quarterback since 1970.
"There is a standard that we wanted to play to, but winning is the main thing," Hurts said after the game. "We just want to continue to grow, enjoy these moments ... It's very rewarding to get a win against a really good team, a team that won the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl two years ago, so we want to keep going."
Hurts totaled 375 yards in the win – 303 through the air and 72 on the ground. He now has five career games with at least 300 passing and 50 rushing yards. Fifty is also significant because Sunday marked his 50th career game. His 2,104 rushing yards are the fourth most by a quarterback in his first 50 games and he is just the third quarterback to have at least 30 rushing touchdowns in his first four seasons.
Goedert's big day helps Philadelphia stay undefeated
It was a coming-out party yesterday for tight end Dallas Goedert.
Through the first four games of the season, Goedert had 13 catches for 88 yards and no touchdowns.
The script changed in Week 5.
Goedert finished the game with eight catches for 117 yards and a touchdown. This was the tight end's first 100-yard receiving game since Week 9 of last season when he had exactly 100 yards against the Houston Texans. The touchdown was his first time finding the end zone since Week 10 last season against the Washington Commanders.
"It was great to have some looks early, pop some pads, make some plays," Goedert said. "I knew going in I might see the ball early and the defense reacted the way we thought it would. It was fun out there."
The sixth-year veteran started the game with the hot hand. He caught back-to-back passes on the second and third plays of the opening drive. The first catch went for 12 yards and the second went for 19.
A few plays later, Jalen Hurts rolled to his right and found Goedert on the sideline to set the offense up just outside of the red zone.
To cap off a brilliant 12-play drive, Goedert ran a stick route into the end zone, where he caught a great pass from Hurts while being hit. Thanks to the tight end, the Eagles got out to an early 7-0 lead in Los Angeles.
On the Eagles' first drive of the second half, Goedert made two more catches for 59 yards. His most impressive play of the day was a 49-yard catch, the longest of his career. Goedert spun off linebacker Michael Hoecht 4 yards past the line of scrimmage, made the wide-open grab on the left sideline, and ran for 25 yards after the catch.
Goedert's big day helped the Eagles improve to 5-0 with a 23-14 victory over the Rams.
"I am ready for my opportunities when they come," Goedert said. "When they do, I try to make the most of them."
Jalen Carter leads the Eagles in sacks
Rookie Jalen Carter posted the first multi-sack game of his career on Sunday, giving him 3.5 for the season to lead the Eagles.
Carter is the first Eagles rookie to have at least two sacks in a game since Derek Barnett in 2017. He is just the third Eagle to produce at least 3.5 sacks in his first five career games, joining Corey Simon (2000) and Reggie White (1985). Additionally, Carter has accounted for at least four QB pressures in each of his first five games. Only Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parson has a longer active streak (8). Carter's 25 pressures through Week 5 are nine more than any other rookie defensive tackle in their first five games during the Next Gen Stats era.
"I still got a lot to improve, man," Carter said. "There's a lot of plays where I could have won my rep. I just got to get better every week."
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was getting the ball out quickly – 2.45 seconds per throw, according to NFL's Next Gen Stats, the shortest time since he joined the Rams in 2021.
Carter said they knew they had to win their rushes immediately, but they had some help from the thousands of Eagles fans who traveled to cheer on the Birds.
"We had a lot of fans out there, so it was loud, so they had a little hand (signal)," Carter said. "Eagles fans help every week. It's always packed – away games, home games, whatever."
A.J. Brown continues to shine
It was a quiet start to the season for A.J. Brown, but since Week 3, he has turned up the heat.
In his last three games, Brown has 24 catches, 433 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
• At Tampa Bay: Nine receptions, 131 yards
• vs Washington: Nine receptions, 175 yards, 2 TDs
• At Los Angeles: Six receptions, 127 yards
What will be remembered from Sunday's win was the excellence that Brown showed on the Eagles' four-play, 75-yard drive that lasted just 32 seconds and ended with a touchdown as the first half expired.
On third-and-1 from their 34-yard line, the Eagles called Brown's name. The wideout ran a slant route across the middle of the field, beating Derion Kendrick for positioning. Hurts slung a ball to Brown, and he made an impressive one-handed catch with his left hand at full speed. He gained 38 yards on the catch-and-run.
The cherry on top of the play was a personal foul penalty against Kendrick for a horse collar tackle on Brown. That put the offense on the Rams' 14-yard line with seven seconds left to take one shot at the end zone.
On the next play, Hurts targeted Brown in the front left corner of the end zone. Brown got leverage on Kendrick, who prohibited him from making the catch. Kendrick was given his second major penalty of the drive. The defensive pass interference call put the ball on the 1-yard line, where Hurts used the Brotherly Shove to give the Eagles the lead with no time remaining in the first half.
Brown took over on the final drive of the half and changed the momentum for good.
"The momentum definitely changed," Brown said. "We went up at halftime and then our defense came out and did their thing. It was huge. It changed the momentum of the entire game."
At the end of the third quarter, Brown made a 24-yard catch that set the Eagles up right outside of the red zone. The drive ended with a 26-yard field goal by Jake Elliott.
Brown and tight end Dallas Goedert became the Eagles' first 100-plus-yard receiving duo in a game since December 24, 2022, against the Dallas Cowboys. That was also a 100-yard receiving game for Brown.
With his 127-yard performance, Brown eclipsed 5,000 receiving yards for his career.
"To hear that, it means the world," Brown said. "That means I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and I am on the right track. It is a blessing."
Brown's big-time catches have helped the Eagles improve to 5-0 for the fourth time in franchise history.