Overall, this wasn’t a terrible performance by Detroit. They had an excellent opening drive, but struggled on offense and defense until the 4th quarter. They showed grit, but Detroit needs to be able to play at a high level every quarter in order to compete in this league.
However, the Eagles are an outstanding team, and Detroit put up a fight. They lost by a mere field goal in the end. Analysts have predicted the Eagles to go as far as the super bowl this season, and Detroit nearly beat them. However, if Detroit had played well throughout all four quarters, this game wouldn’t have even been close.
Winners and losers of this game:
Okudah had a very good game vs Philadelphia. He made one mistake early on when he played too soft against Aj Brown, but other than that, Okudah played very well. He was taken out of the game late in the half, likely due to fatigue. When taken out, he was replaced by Will Harris, who was embarrassed by Aj Brown. Throughout the second half, Okudah continued to play well.
He played pretty well in the second half, but he gave up a lot of yards in the first half. Aj Brown had over 100 receiving yards in the first half, primarily facing Oruwariye. He bounced back, but Amani had a far from impressive first half.
Future star, Malcolm Rodríguez had a very impressive showing today. He was all over the field even though he didn’t start, and he made multiple important tackles throughout the game.
I explained how he played against Aj Brown during my analysis on Jeff Okudah, but now I fully understand why he’s not starting.
DE John Cominsky showed up today. He consistently got to Jalen Hurts and was a force to be reckoned with all game.
After a red hot off-season, Jared Goff had a freezing cold Week 1 game. He had an early pick 6, and he was nearly picked again later. He didn’t play terribly, but it was pretty bad. Hopefully he can bounce back soon.
What a game for Swift. He absolutely dominated at every level. It’s clear that Swift is a top RB in this league.
Amon-Ra St. Brown