It’s that time of the week! Another week of games in the 2020 NFL season have been played, so let’s check in with some former Eagles who made it to football’s biggest stage. There are currently 17 Eagles in the NFL, and these four were the most impactful this week.
Matt Ryan - QB, Atlanta Falcons
Week 6 vs. Vikings (W 40-23)
BC QB 2003-2007
What would an Eagles in the NFL recap be without starting off with Matty Ice? Ryan bounced back after a lackluster performance in week five by leading the Falcons to a 40-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings. This was Atlanta’s first win of the season, bringing them to 1-5. Ryan completed 30 of his 40 pass attempts for 371 yards. He had four touchdowns and no interceptions, making it an incredibly efficient game. His efficiency on offense earned him the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. He truly earned the award, as his passer rating was the highest of any NFC quarterback this week. Let’s hope Ryan can continue his offensive momentum and turn the rest of Atlanta’s season around after a rough start.
Week 7 Matchup: Falcons vs. Lions
AJ Dillon - RB, Green Bay Packers
Week 6 vs. Buccaneers (L 38-10)
BC RB 2017-2019
A star at BC just last year, AJ Dillon has had a quiet start to his rookie season in the NFL. Dillon carried five times for 31 yards during the 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry, one of the best marks of his young NFL career. Dillon has not seen much playing time yet due to the Packers' depth at running back. He's currently stuck behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, who have consistently produced for the Packers. They struggled on Sunday, however, and Dillon was put in to hopefully spark some momentum on the ground. If Dillon keeps this up, he will help to solidify himself as a solid option for the Packers when they need a change of pace on offense.
Week 7 Matchup: Packers vs. Texans
Justin Simmons - FS, Denver Broncos
Week 6 vs. Patriots (W 18-12)
BC DB 2013-2015
Justin Simmons has been a consistent producer in his fifth season as safety for the Broncos. His defensive contributions played a major role in their 18-12 win over the Patriots. Simmons and the rest of the Broncos took advantage of the fact that New England has only practiced once in the past two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Simmons has been averaging seven tackles per game and has been a key piece of Denver's defense all year. He kept up the consistency this week, recording eight solo tackles and one fumble recovery. After starting the season 0-3, the Broncos have won each of their last two games. They will look to keep this momentum rolling in a tough divisional matchup against the Chiefs next week.
Week 7 Matchup: Broncos vs. Chiefs
John Johnson III - S, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6 vs. 49ers (L 24-16)
BC CB/DB 2013-2016
Johnson and the Rams fell to the struggling defending champions, the 49ers, in a 24-16 loss this week. With a 4-2 record, however, the Rams are still second in the NFC West. Johnson recorded a season-high 13 tackles in this game, five of which were solo tackles. He tied teammate Micah Kiser for the team-high in stops this week. Johnson was also part of what would have been an integral play in the second quarter. The safety looked as though he recovered a fumble from 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon, but the fumble was overturned upon review. San Francisco maintained possession and ended the drive with a touchdown to extend their early lead to 14-0. The Rams will look to bounce back after this week’s disappointing loss in which they just couldn’t find an offensive or defensive rhythm.
Week 7 Matchup: Rams vs. Bears
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