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Eagles defensive line dominates, with or without the blitz

– Brandon Graham may have been biased, but when the Eagles end was asked if the Eagles’ defense had an identity, it’s likely that his brethren in the victorious locker room at FedEx Field would have nodded in agreement.

The Eagles recorded four sacks, and two resulted in Kirk Cousins fumbles, the last forced by Graham and recovered by Fletcher Cox, who sauntered into the end zone for the game-clinching touchdown.

The D-line would not have gotten home without tight coverage in the secondary, and the linebackers and safeties would not have pressured Cousins with timely blitzes – one of which led to a red-zone interception – if the box defenders had not done their job against the run.

He lost two of his favorite targets to free agency – DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon – and he and his receivers were out of sync on many throws.

Inside coverage held tight end Jordan Reed and slot receiver Jamison Crowder to a combined eight catches for 50 yards.


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