The Philadelphia Eagles‘ pass rush got home on this day. The Eagles got five sacks, and a ton of pressures and hits on Arizona Cardinals veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer. They also forced three turnovers by the quarterback.
Palmer was picked twice, and Trent Cole flew around the edge and forced a fumble. Speaking of Cole, he has really started to come on of late in this 3-4 defense. He had two sacks on the day, and has four sacks in his last two games. It looks like the veteran pass rusher may finally be thriving in the 3-4.
The other man who provided a big pass-rushing boost? Fourth-year man Brandon Graham. He had two sacks and was a terror on the inside as the Cardinals’ interior offensive line had no answer for him.
Graham is another player who has taken a lot of flak for his inability to transition to the 3-4 defense. He has been quiet all season, but busted out yesterday afternoon. If the Eagles could get these guys going and doing what they do best in getting after the passer, this defense could get on a whole different level.
Right now, the defense continues to succeed. 21 is the magic number. Over the last eight games, no team has scored more than 21 points. This has been a huge factor in the Eagles’ four-game hot streak that they are riding right now. Billy Davis has done a masterful job in his first year as defensive coordinator, in a year in which the defense was expected to struggle mightily due to a scheme change and a perceived lack of talent.
Davis has these boys overachieving. They are flying around right now. If the defense can keep playing at this level and the offense continues to keep doing what it’s doing, the Eagles are capable of beating anyone.