Eagles’ Injury Woes Continue vs. Saints
The Eagles were able to secure a huge win vs. the Saints on Sunday. Jalen Hurts rushed for over 100 yards in his first career starts, and Miles Sanders racked up an additional 114 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The offense put 24 points on the board – which was their highest output since Week 6 vs. the Ravens – and they limited the Saints to just 21 points on defense. The win brought the Eagles to 4-8-1 on the season, which gives them an outside shot of still winning the weak NFC East if they can win out.
That said, the Eagles’ defense sustained a few key injuries in that contest. Cornerbacks Avonte Maddox (knee) and Darius Slay (head) and safety Rodney McLeod (knee) all exited early, which left the Eagles without three of their usual starters in their secondary. Defensive tackle Malik Jackson was also evaluated for a head injury.
Injuries have been a massive problem for the Eagles all season. Their offensive line and wide receivers were decimated by injuries during the early part of the season, which is partly to blame for Carson Wentz’s struggles. He was under constant pressure behind their patchwork offensive line, which forced him to take more sacks than any other quarterback in football. He also made tons of bad decisions while trying to process information quickly, resulting in a league-high 15 interceptions through his 12 starts.
Now, the injuries are piling up on the defensive side of the ball. If they are unable to get Maddox, Slay, and McLeod back next week, it would leave their secondary in dire straits vs. the Cardinals. Arizona’s passing attack has faltered a bit since Kyler Murray suffered a shoulder injury, but he would still be expected to crush if the Eagles’ secondary is shorthanded.